James S. Denton

1951 - 2018

The James S. Denton Transatlantic Fellowship

Strengthening transatlantic links through engagement opportunities and dialogue between the U.S. and the Central and Eastern European policy communities.

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is now accepting applications for the 2021 James S. Denton Transatlantic Fellowship Program. This year the program is a three-month virtual fellowship open to mid-career professionals from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) seeking to engage with American experts and keen to conduct research on specific policy issues facing the transatlantic partnership. The program is expected to run from early May 2021 through late July 2021. The program participants will be selected through a competitive process.

The application deadline is 11:59 PM (EDT), Friday, April 16, 2021.

The main goal of the fellowship program is to develop and support a network of next-generation transatlantic leaders and develop strategies and opportunities for cooperation that will meaningfully strengthen the U.S.- CEE relationship. The program is designed to facilitate collaboration between the CEE and U.S. policy professionals and help address and offer innovative solutions to mounting threats to the wider transatlantic partnership. Through this fellowship, those selected will substantially increase their expertise and be presented with career opportunities that will enable them to produce relevant and timely analysis for the policy community and help them advance professionally. The program is generously supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

James S. Denton Transatlantic Fellows will:

  • Participate in virtual meetings and roundtable discussions with U.S. experts and the D.C. policy community.
  • Conduct independent research and analysis on a specific policy issue critical to the transatlantic policy community.
  • Engage with CEPA experts as part of the professional development training and have access to CEPA’s network of fellows.
  • Provide briefings to U.S. policymakers and the broader expert community on the research findings.
  • Publish short articles for CEPA’s flagship publication, Europe’s Edge.


Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications in order to be considered:

  • Be a citizen of and reside in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Presently be a mid-career professional and/or be employed by the national government, think tank, or media outlet (editorial or correspondent) whose work relates to issues of immediate concern to the transatlantic community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to strengthening the transatlantic partnership and cooperation in a meaningful way in personal career.
  • Exceptional research and critical thinking skills with ability to conceptualize and share insights clearly with a group.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English language).
  • Clear leadership potential and the ability to work independently and in a group.
  • Proficiency with technology tools and applications including MS Office, Zoom, Webex, etc., as well as a willingness to learn new systems.

Fellows must be able to devote flex time (based on agreed set of hours) to the fellowship position in order to meet program requirements.

How to Apply

To be considered for the fellowship program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form;
  • Resume/CV and a Brief Statement of Purpose;
  • List of References. Please provide contact information (email address and phone number) for two professional references. We recommend (but do not require) that one of these references be your current or recent supervisor.

The application deadline is 11:59 PM (EDT), Friday, April 11, 2021.