An official website of the United States government

August 1, 2022

Report from our 2022 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow

We recently invited Sigrid to take part in the exciting Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow program, a program designed to foster relationships among the younger generations of Europeans and Americans to promote awareness of shared values in light of the global challenges of the 21st Century. She had a wonderful time visiting Lafayette, Indianapolis, Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia. We asked her about her experience and she said:

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship was everything I expected it to be and more. A month packed with lectures about diplomacy, journalism, and international affairs. On top of that I got to experience so many cultures simply by getting to know people. In Washington, we visited the State Department and met people who have worked in diplomacy for a long time. They were truly inspiring. Being at Purdue University and living both the campus life in dorms and with an American host family gave me insight into the American culture that I now have grown to appreciate. However, I think the most significant part of the program was to meet youth from all over the Europe and the United States. The other fellows taught me to see the world through a wider perspective. I am so grateful. Thank you!

For more information about the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship, visit Purdue University and the 2020 application page.