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The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) is GMF’s flagship leadership development program. Created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States, the fellowship grew in 1999 with a companion program that began sending emerging leaders from the United States to Europe.

Each year, 75 Marshall Memorial Fellowships are awarded to the best and brightest from all sectors, including business, government, and civil society. Selected fellows engage in 6 months of preparation designed to enhance their understanding of transatlantic relations before embarking on 24 days of policy immersion across the Atlantic.

Today, the MMF alumni network numbers nearly 2,500 leaders and seven U.S. regional partners. Click here for a list of American Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni from Texas.

During the three-week program, American Fellows travel to Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium to receive an introduction into the transatlantic institutions that link the United States and its European allies. From there, participants divide into small groups and travel to cities and small towns in Northern, Southern and Central Europe before reuniting. Sample itineraries of the program can be found at the German Marshall Fund's website.


Candidates must be a citizen or a permanent resident of one of the European countries or U.S. states listed on the GMF website as a current selection site. Candidates must be between the ages of 28-40 on the day that applications for the fellowship open, and they must be available for 24 consecutive days of travel. Exact dates of travel are determined after fellows are selected. See additional Eligibility Requirements.


The German Marshall Fund will be accepting a new round of nominations in the summer of 2015. 

To nominate a leader from your community or profession, please register your interest using this form.

Candidates for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship must be nominated by a recognized leader in their profession or community. Nominators are usually in a position of authority that allows them to evaluate the candidate’s leadership profile and character traits. All Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni may nominate.

Nominators may only nominate one candidate each year, may nominate a candidate from a country other than their own, and may compete for the fellowship themselves, if nominated in a year other than the one they nominated in. Please note that candidates cannot be nominated by family.

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