Round Table USA
Promoting International Young Leaders

Round Table USA

Since its founding in 1998, the Round Table USA has facilitated regular meetings between various German organizations involved in transatlantic exchange programs. It mainly serves as an exchange platform offering opportunities for sharing information and planning common activities.

The following brief information about the member organizations provides an overview for individuals and institutions looking for support for their project proposals.

Secretariat Round Table USA

Andrea Jentsch
DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
Markgrafenstraße 37
D-10117 Berlin
Phone +49 (0) 30 20 2208 42

Contact at the Foundation

Anda Ruf
Phone +49 (0)711 46084-470
Members
AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Originating from the former American Field Service, AFS is today one of the largest nonprofit organizations for youth exchange and intercultural learning in the world. The aim of AFS is to promote the development of intercultural skills and support tolerance and international understanding. More than 350,000 young people and host families have participated in AFS programs over the last 60 years. A global network of more than 40,000 volunteers are committed to the ideals of AFS.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between outstanding foreign and German scholars and scientists. It grants more than 700 scholarships and awards every year, allowing scientists from other countries to come to Germany to pursue research projects in collaboration with a host organization. As fellows of the foundation, German researchers can undertake research projects as guests of one of the 27,000 Humboldtians, alumni of the foundation, worldwide.
American Friends of Bucerius
American Friends of Bucerius’s mission is to foster the innovative thinking promoted by our founder, Gerd Bucerius, and to connect and educate the leaders who will tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.
BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
The BMW Foundation brings together leaders from across communities, cultures and countries to drive Social Innovation, promote Global Dialogue, and encourage Responsible Leadership. We are convinced that our approach breaks down barriers between politics, business and civil society and allows society to benefit from the creativity and diversity that result from cross-sector collaboration.
Cultural Vistas
Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. Cultural Vistas has offices in New York, Washington DC, and Berlin, and offers a range of U.S.-related programs, including individual internships abroad, study tours, and professional exchange programs such as the PPP for young professionals, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, and the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State.
Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum James-F.-Byrnes-Institut e.V. (DAZ)
DAZ is a nonprofit cultural and educational institute. Since 1995, it has been providing citizens of Stuttgart and the region with information about cultural, social, political, and economic developments in the US and Germany. With a range of offers for all ages such as the American Days festival, various other cultural programs for schools, university scholarships as well as language courses, a library, and information regarding stays in the US, DAZ fosters German-American relations through personal encounters, exchange, and dialog.
Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Tübingen
Das Deutsch-Amerikanische Instiut Tübingen (d.a.i.) ist eine binationale Bildungs- und Kultureinrichtung, die über kulturelle, soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Enticklungen in den USA und Deutschland informiert. Es widmet sich dem transatlantischen Austausch, präsentiert eine Vielzahl von Blickwinkeln und stellt Dialog und Begegnung in den Mittelpunkt seiner Angebote. Diese umfassen ein Veranstaltungsprogramm, eine Bibliothek, Sprachkurse (Englisch, Spanisch), Interkulturelle Projekte, Beratungen für USA-Aufenthalte, Reisen, Camps u.v.m.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
DAAD has 15 regional offices in total (e.g. in New York) and 55 information centers (e.g. in San Francisco). The largest country-related budget goes to the United States as the most important destination for German DAAD fellows. The programs include year-long scholarships for undergraduates, graduate, and doctoral students, research internships (RISE), and centers for German and European studies. In collaboration with other academic organizations, DAAD operates the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in New York and the German Academic International Network (GAIN).
German-American Fulbright Commission
The German-American Fulbright Commission implements Senator Fulbright's visionary concept: to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Germany through academic and bicultural exchange. Since its inception in 1952, the commission has supported more than 45,000 Americans and Germans. The defining characteristic is student exchange. This is complemented by academic year programs for researchers, doctoral students, and foreign language assistants, as well as by seminars for experts in university administration and regional studies, as well as teachers.
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) is a nonprofit, private, and cultural organization committed to the ideas and core values of social democracy. The FES supports political dialog and collaboration between Germany/Europe and North America in Washington D.C. (since 1978) and Ottawa (since 2008). It opens and supports communication channels, promotes the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and helps to ensure mutual understanding of problems and challenges.
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom - Transatlantic Dialog Program
The Transatlantic Dialog Program (TAD) is part of the Regional Office for European and Transatlantic Dialog (ETAD) and promotes political dialog among political, business, scientific and cultural multipliers from North America and Europe. Our various activities like panel discussions, conferences, study trips, and other programs seek to achieve higher degrees of mutual understanding and to facilitate the transfer of experiences for solving political problems.
Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute abroad, plays an important role in the cultural and educational landscape of the United States. Combining cross-cultural expertise with the experiences of local partners, the institute supports and collaborates with cultural institutions, artists, universities, schools, and others with an interest in Germany and its language and culture. There are currently six Goethe-Institut branches in the US: Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a non-profit political foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. We act as a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. Hbs seeks to advance democracy and human rights, protect the environment and climate, and promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and LGBTI communities. We work in over 60 countries worldwide, and currently maintain 31 international offices.
Humanity in Action e.V.
Humanity in Action promotes democratic awareness and social diversity through international educational programs for young adults. Mutual learning and project work pave the way for an active alumni network.  Humanity in Action offers seminars, workshops, internships, and events relating to human rights, immigration, and social diversity.
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Das ifa (Instiut für Auslandsbeziehungen) hat eine zentrale Vision: ein friedliches und offenes Zusammenleben von Menschen und Kulturen weltweit. Dafür fördert das ifa den Kunst- und Kulturaustausch in Ausstellungs-, Dialog-  und Konferenzprogrammen. Als Kompetenzzentrum der Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik vernetzt es Zivilgesellschaft, kulturelle Praxis, Kunst, Medien und Wissenschaft. Kernaufgaben des ifa sind der interkulturelle Dialog und zivile Konfliktbearbeitung. Gefördert wird das Institut vom Auswärtigen Amt, dem Land Baden-Württemberg und der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart. Eine wichtige Rolle spielt die Zusammenarbeit mit anderen kulturellen Mittelorganisationen und Stiftungen im In- und Ausland.
International Journalists' Programmes (IJP) - Arthur F. Burns Fellowship
Every year, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program offers twenty journalists from Germany, Canada, and the US the opportunity to gain professional and personal experience in each other's countries. The fellows spend at least two months working at a host media organization of their choice while serving as a "foreign correspondents" for their hometown newsrooms.
RIAS Berlin Commission
Every year the RIAS Berlin Commission organizes several three-week information programs for American radio journalists and their German colleagues. Annually, the RIAS Berlin Commission awards prizes to German and American radio and television broadcasters, and online news media. Founded in 1992 in the tradition of RIAS Berlin (the radio station in the American sector 1946-1993), more than 1,500 German and US journalists have participated in the RIAS Berlin Commission's programs forming a constantly growing transatlantic network of journalists.
Robert Bosch Stiftung
For more than 30 years the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been committed to strengthening transatlantic relations. Its core programs include the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program - giving future American leaders a first-hand experience in Germany for one year – the Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at Brookings, and the Transatlantic Outreach Program. It also runs multilateral, topic-based programs such as Global Governance Futures for young leaders from the US, Germany, and Asia.
Observers at the Round Table
Federal Foreign Office
The Federal Foreign Office represents German interests worldwide, promotes international exchange, contributes actively to the further development of global governance, and offers protection and assistance to Germans abroad. Besides political contacts, the Federal Foreign Office also promotes extensive global exchange in areas such as business, culture, science, environment, and development.
United States Mission in Germany
The United States Mission in Germany comprises the American Embassy in Berlin and the Consulates General in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich.  The many agencies of the United States Government that constitute the Mission work as a team to advance American interests and foster good relations between the American and German governments and between both peoples.  Mission Germany has a vibrant public diplomacy program, and provides consular and visa services to German and American citizens.