EU-US Young Leaders Seminar

Why do we care about #EUUSNextGen? One participant summed it up perfectly: “The EU-US Young Leaders Seminar represents the best of what youth are capable of — becoming informed and active citizenry to address the issues facing society.”

Seminar overview

For the past five years, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels has had the unique opportunity to work with colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic to organize the EU-US Young Leaders Seminar. The event, co-financed by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, represents a unique opportunity for young leaders from across the United States and the European Union to discuss some of the most important issues facing both sides of the Atlantic.

Since its inception, over 200 alumni of U.S. and EU-funded educational exchange programs have participated in the Young Leaders Seminar. Previous iterations of the seminar have focused on topics such as migration, the future of work, and disinformation and media literacy. In 2021, the EU-US Young Leaders Seminar will focus on the future of cities.

The 2021 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar on the Future of Cities will take place virtually between 14 and 20 April 2021. During a series of panels and working group meetings, seminar participants will discuss the future of cities through the lenses of environment and climate change, technology, diversity and inclusion, and public health and will be invited to present their findings and recommendations to the public. Guest speakers at the 2021 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar include representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, the Bureau of Educational Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, and the U.S. Mission to the European Union as well as subject matter experts from reSITE, Cities Alliance – UNOPS, the International Urban Cooperation Programme, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and more.


Visit the Fulbright Schuman Facebook page to watch a livestream of the event.

The 2020 EU-US Young Leader Seminar on “The Future of Cities” was scheduled to take place on 29 March to 1 April 2020. The seminar was postponed due to health concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.

From 7 to 10 April 2019, 27 current American Fulbrighters and 25 European alumni of EU-funded exchange programs came to Brussels for the 2019 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar on “Shared Transatlantic Challenges: Disinformation & the Changing Media Landscape”. Over the course of 2.5 days, this diverse group of participants tackled questions of disinformation, media literacy, and transatlantic cooperation through a carefully curated mixture of large-group presentations panel discussions and small-group, free-form breakout sessions. Three aspects of disinformation and media literacy were addressed by expert panels representing the private sector (including speakers from Facebook, Google, and Mozilla), the public sector (including representatives from EEAS, European Commission DG-CONNECT, and USDOS Brussels Media Hub), and civil society (including representatives from academia and NGOs).


Click here for a full summary and to see photos from the 2019 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar.

From 15 to 18 April 2018, the 2018 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar welcomed fifty young leaders from across the United States and Europe for a discussion on “The Future of Work”. Over the course of the seminar, participants discussed the role of technology in the future of work, the skills of the future workforce, and the social implications of the changing work environment. Guest speakers included representatives of European Commission, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, International Labour Organization, and European Trade Union Confederation.


Click here for photos from the 2018 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar.

From 2 to 5 April 2017, fifty young leaders from the United States and Europe came together for the first EU-US Young Leaders Seminar to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the economic, educational, and cultural integration of migrants and refugees. Guest speakers included representatives from the European Commission, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, the European Economic and Social Committee, DAAD, European Network Against Racism, Migration Policy Institute, and more.


Click here for photos from the 2017 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar.


“I left this seminar with a great reminder that there are countless initiatives and young leaders striving to shape better communities and societies and that when we collaborate, we can truly make a significant change.”

2017 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar participant

The Fulbright Schuman Program, administered by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission awards grants to European citizens to conduct research in the United States and to American citizens to conduct research in the European Union.