Experiential Learning Itinerary and Funding

The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is a unique and intensive educational and cultural experience.  Once selected, American fellows will receive an individual, customized itinerary outlining the five European cities that they will visit during the 24-day program. This itinerary is determined at the discretion of GMF.

Each fellow is asked to rank their seasonal preferences from three travel sessions organized each year:

  • spring (February/March),
  • summer (June/July), and
  • fall (October/November). 

Fellows meet formally and informally with a range of policymakers, political, financial, and corporate decision-makers, as well as distinguished community members. Partner institutions and individuals in each city provide fellows with a local perspective on the transatlantic and domestic issues on the agenda. Each fellow is also given the opportunity to explore his or her professional interests with individual appointments, but priority is given to the robust and intense group program. Fellows are required to attend all meetings and briefings throughout the program. Participation in meetings and cooperation with and consideration towards colleagues -- both American and European -- are absolutely critical to the success of the Fellowship and the future of the program.

All travel for Detroit fellows is sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and paid by GMF, including international and domestic airfare, hotels, car rentals, and train tickets. Fellows also receive a stipend intended to cover a portion of programmatic-related expenses such as meals, some local transportation, and incidentals (based on moderate expenditures).