The Bertelsmann Foundation Fellowship

The Bertelsmann Foundation Fellowship (BFF), formerly known as the Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative (CEPI), is a hybrid experience that convenes over the period of six months. Fellows start with an in-person trip in Brussels to kick off the fellowship, followed by an engaging, four-month virtual program in which they meet once a week with experts related to the year’s topic. The Fellowship comes to a close with a trip to Washington, D.C., where fellows are able to further engage in person. A final publication providing concrete policy recommendations related to the topic is written by the fellows themselves, published at the end of the BFF program.



CEPI 2021 |

CEPI 2021

CEPI 2021 centers on topics from green technology and innovation to sustainable agriculture and how digitization will affect the environment.

CEPI 2020 |

CEPI 2020

In 2020, CEPI convened a diverse transatlantic group for an exchange of ideas around the theme of artificial intelligence.

CEPI 2019 |

CEPI 2019

CEPI 2019 focused on policy and regulatory challenges for the digital economy.

CEPI 2018 |

CEPI 2018

CEPI 2018 centered on topics crucial to the digital economy, including GDPR and transatlantic data flows, technological innovation, and artificial intelligence.

CEPI 2017 |

CEPI 2017

CEPI 2017 focused on transatlantic cybersecurity policy and strategy.

CEPI 2016 |

CEPI 2016

CEPI 2016 brought together participants to discuss migration.

CEPI 2015 |

CEPI 2015

CEPI 2015's program tackled challenges of international trade.

CEPI 2014 |

CEPI 2014

CEPI 2014 participants met for a dual program on cybersecurity and trade.

CEPI 2013 |

CEPI 2013

CEPI 2013 focused on cybersecurity and trade.

CEPI 2012 |

CEPI 2012

CEPI 2012 addressed finance and agriculture in the U.S. and Europe.