Benjamin Franklin Program

Contest 2024 application deadline February 21, 2024.

The U.S. Embassy Riga is pleased to invite candidates aged 16 to 18 years old to apply for the 2024 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive four-week exchange program, created to build strong ties and promote shared values among young Europeans and Americans. The program will enable teenagers to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity. This year the Institute will be hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, from June 22 – July 20, 2024.

The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops. The participants will also take part in community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen their experience of U.S. society during the exchange.


Applicants are invited to fill in this form, and make a video (up to two minutes long) in English, in which the applicant explains his/her motivation to participate in the program and ideas of follow-on activities upon the return to Latvia.

Applicants should post their videos on any reliable and accessible online platform and provide the link in the application form.

The U. S. Embassy judging committee will select finalists, who will be invited to a virtual interview with the Embassy representatives; and asked to submit their CVs and recommendation letters prior to the interview. The winner of the contest will take part in the four-week program from June 22 – July 20, 2024.

Candidate Qualifications:
  • leadership potential,
  • a commitment to or interest in civic action,
  • strong academic and social skills,
  • interest in community service,
  • strong English skills.

For further information regarding the program, please contact Natālija Oševerova at the U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section, t. 2838 4463,