The Public Affairs sections in Turkey, located in Ankara and Istanbul, are responsible for media, cultural, and educational affairs for the U.S. Mission in Turkey. Promoting cultural and educational ties with the United States is a major responsibility of the Public Affairs sections in Turkey. They work closely with Turkish institutions in organizing exchanges, lectures, seminars, workshops, and presentations by U.S. academics, specialists, writers and artists. Our goal is to disseminate accurate information about the United States to a wide audience, including on the topics of politics, environment, business and economics, defense, international relations, civic education, English language teaching, and American culture.
By promoting projects to collaborate on topics of interest or importance for both countries, the Public Affairs Section works closely with NGOs as well as government officials on these issues, and provides International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange programs in the United States, allowing Turkish professionals to meet with their American counterparts.
We also work with the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Turkey commonly known as the Fulbright Commission which provides a rich variety of academic exchanges through its Humphrey and Fulbright scholarship programs and through educational advising.
The Public Affairs Section provides support for the teaching of American English, especially in underserved communities that often struggle with mastery of the English language. Through the Embassy Speaker Program, our Embassy officers regularly visit high schools to share various aspects of American culture with Turkish students and educators. Public Affairs Section cooperates with higher education institutes, bringing American subject experts to participate in conferences/lectures taking place at Turkish institutions.
Public Affairs Section also seeks to promote American values through showcasing the best of American art and culture to the local audience. It supports and facilitates visits of major American artists in various fields such as dance, music, filmmaking, literature, painting and more. It also organizes special events for unprivileged audiences engaging these artists and emphasizing the role of art in building a better community.
Archive of Grants, Exchanges and Programs
- Study of the U.S. Instıtute For Student Leaders 2013
- Legislative Fellows Program
- The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
- 2nd annual Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Tech-I competition. See Competition Details and Rules
- Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age Foreign Policy Dialogue Among Emerging Leaders
- 2012 Alumni Small Grants Program
- Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) 2012
- The Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) 2012
- (Jan. 3-20, 2012)
- Empowering Young Leaders: Turkey-U.S. Political Exchange - Summer 2012
- The Legislative Fellows Program (LFP)
- Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age
- Legislative Fellows Program 2012
- Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) - Turkish Pre-Service Teachers
- Turkish-Armenian Summer Teaching Institute (TASTI)
- From The Ground Up: Building Civil Society Organizations To Succeed
- New Media-New Challenges: Reporting Best Practices for a New Age
- Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship 2011 - Info Sheet
- Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship 2011
- Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
- Turkish-Armenian Summer Teaching Institute
- Turkish, Armenian and American Youth Leadership Development Project
- University Partnerships Program for Turkey and Armenia
- U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2010
- Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age (Part I)
- Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age(Part II)
- Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age(Part III)
- Young Armenia/Young Turkey/Young America: Social and Economic Challenges for Future Leaders: Grassroots Development in a Modern Democracy
- Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age - An Exchange Program for Emerging Grassroots Leaders in Turkey and the U.S.