The Atlantic Council’s Bretton Woods 2.0 Project examines the deep challenges facing the Bretton Woods Institutions and works to reimagine the governance of the international financial system.

Led by the Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center, the Bretton Woods 2.0 Fellowship will develop a network of experts around the world who will play leading roles in shaping the architecture of global economic governance. The fellows will identify emerging challenges to the Bretton Woods Institutions and develop innovative solutions.

Bretton Woods 2.0 Fellowship

This Fellowship aims to cultivate a new generation of professionals to rethink the pillars of capitalism and global economic governance.

The 2024 cohort will consist of two graduate students from around the world with an interest in economic multilateralism and its relations to multilateral institutions, private sector, academia, government, and nonprofits.

The participants will engage in the fellowship from April 2024, to November 2024, conducting in-depth research and interacting with high-level experts. Over the course of eight months, fellows will work to identify gaps and challenges in the architecture of global economic governance. Their research will culminate in a series of policy memos and reports that will be published by the Atlantic Council. Throughout the research process, the fellows will receive feedback from relevant experts and practitioners within the GeoEconomics Center’s networks.

Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with and interview high-level experts with decades of experience, discuss case studies, and receive peer feedback. They will also be responsible to mentor a Bretton Woods 2.0 Next Gen fellow who will assist them in research for their report during the summer of 2024.

As part of the fellowship, the Fellows are expected to complete a policy report and at least one short form policy memo that will be published by the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. The Fellows will be compensated $2,500 stipend during the Fellowship. 

The ideal fellow will be a graduate-level student with demonstrable interest in global economic governance. We encourage applicants from diverse academic and lived experiences to apply.

Next Gen Fellowship

The Bretton Woods 2.0 Next Gen fellowship aims to encourage undergraduate students of underrepresented backgrounds in economics and international affairs to participate in research on global economic and financial governance.

This three-month paid virtual program will run from June 2024 to August 2024. The fellowship is part-time and fellows will work approximately 10-15 hours a week. Each Next Gen Fellow will be paired with Fellows from the Bretton Woods 2.0 Fellowship program, and assist them in brainstorming, research, and writing of policy memos and reports that will be published by the Atlantic Council. 

The program will also offer students the opportunity to conduct research and publish a piece through the GeoEconomics Center. Additionally, they will receive mentorship from the fellows they are paired with and acquire a deep understanding of research methodologies in international economics and institutions of global governance. The Next Gen Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend during the Fellowship. 

The ideal Next Gen Fellow will have demonstrable interest in international economics. This opportunity is open to current upper level undergraduates (juniors and seniors) enrolled in US universities. Prior research experience is helpful but not required.

2023 Cohort

At the intersection of economics, finance, and foreign policy, the GeoEconomics Center is a translation hub with the goal of helping shape a better global economic future.