The James S. Denton Transatlantic Fellowship

Strengthening transatlantic linkages through engagement opportunities and dialogue between U.S. and Central European policy communities.

The James S. Denton Transatlantic Fellowship, initiated in 2014 by James Denton and the World Affairs Institute, aims to rebuild, strengthen, and deepen relationships between U.S. and European institutions and policymakers working on transatlantic issues. The program brings a select group of mid-level professionals from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Washington, D.C. for a three-week fellowship to engage and work with American governmental and non-governmental institutions and experts on addressing major issues facing the transatlantic partnership. Participants also develop strategies and discuss follow-on opportunities for cooperation that will meaningfully strengthen the U.S-CEE relationship and counter mounting threats to the wider transatlantic partnership. CEPA is honored to carry on James Denton’s professional commitment to Atlanticism and his tremendous legacy through this program. CEPA is currently accepting applications for the fall period (September 20, 2019 – October 12, 2019). The deadline to apply is July 19, 2019. Please contact
Jackie Mahler at for more information.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

-be a citizen of and reside in Central and Eastern Europe
-be employed in national government, politics, think tanks, or journalism (editorial or correspondent) whose work relates to issues of immediate concern to the transatlantic community
-have excellent written and verbal English language skills
-complete the James S. Denton Transatlantic Fellowship Application (below) and submit as instructed


In selecting candidates, CEPA will generally give preference to applicants who:

-have not had comparable professional work or fellowship experience in Washington DC in the past 5 years
-are mid career
-work in transatlantic relations in the area of national security and defense, counter terrorism, information and disinformation, cyber security, or Russian government efforts to undermine democratic values and norms, and in Ukraine anti-corruption and government accountability
-are able to secure and document that they can provide cost-sharing in an amount equal to $500 USD to supplement their weekly stipend
-are highly likely to facilitate the strengthening of the transatlantic partnership meaningfully, and in ways relevant to the urgent challenges before it, in the years following their fellowship.

The Transatlantic Fellows Program is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for Democracy.



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