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Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs and Sustainability

Believing in the importance of dialogue across the Atlantic, the American Council on Germany (ACG) aims to engage officials, business leaders, journalists, and other experts to gain a better understanding of the political, economic, social, and environmental-policy landscape of the two countries. The ACG’s Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs and Sustainability is a study tour that enables four to six local government officials to meet with their transatlantic counterparts in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges cities face and possible policy solutions. The Mission allows groups of individuals to receive an up-close look at city management and government administration on the other side of the Atlantic.

Working with the Deutscher Städtetag and the National League of Cities, the ACG arranges a series of meetings  with city officials, nongovernmental organizations, and think thanks to discuss best practices. Participants travel as a group to three cities during the Mission to receive a behind-the-scenes look at local governments. The program is scheduled to take place from October 20 to October 31.

Upon completing the travel, participants are required to submit an analytical report that reflects the findings from the Mission. Reports will be published by the American Council on Germany.

In 2020, the cohort will consist of four to six Americans who will travel to Germany in the fall. During the program, participants receive a per diem of $200 for the duration of the program. In addition, the ACG covers pre-approved transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, including intercity rail travel.

Candidates for the McCloy Leadership Mission must be currently employed within their local government or be employed by an organization that provides tangible assistance to local government. Candidates must submit the below materials.

The McCloy Leadership Missions are named after John J. McCloy, the founding Chairman of the ACG and the first civilian U.S. High Commissioner for Germany. He strongly believed that younger Americans and Germans benefit greatly from meeting their counterparts.

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your personal and professional objectives for the Mission;
  • A one- to two-page statement of interest;
  • A current resume; and
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Candidates for the McCloy Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs and Sustainability must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States;
  • Be in the relatively early stages of their career;
  • Have a minimum of five years of relevant, full-time work experience;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
  • Demonstrate a track record of outstanding professional performance;
  • Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship; and
  • Have not previously participated in an ACG funded program.