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.

Call for applications coming soon!

The Bertelsmann Foundation will be opening applications for our 2023 Class of Bertelsmann Foundation Fellows in December 2022. Applications will be accepted until February 21st, 2023. The theme of the 2023 Fellowship will be: The Future of Work.

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Class of 2022 |

Class of 2022

The BFF Class of 2022 focused on the topic of a Transatlantic Approach to the Developing World. Over the course of several months, BFF participants engaged with diverse, high-level stakeholders across a variety of sectors to discuss transatlantic cooperation with actors in the developing world on issues ranging from migration to digital development.

Class of 2021 |

Class of 2021

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

Class of 2020 |

Class of 2020

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

Class of 2019 |

Class of 2019

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

Class of 2018 |

Class of 2018

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

Class of 2017 |

Class of 2017

CEPI 2017 focused on transatlantic cybersecurity policy and strategy.

Class of 2016 |

Class of 2016

CEPI 2016 brought together participants to discuss migration.

Class of 2015 |

Class of 2015

CEPI 2015's program tackled challenges of international trade.

Class of 2014 |

Class of 2014

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

Class of 2013 |

Class of 2013

CEPI 2013 focused on cybersecurity and trade.

Class of 2012 |

Class of 2012

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