German Chancellor Fellowship

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Can you well imagine spending a year in Germany pursuing a project you have developed yourself? Are you from the USA, Russia, China, Brazil or India? Are you a prospective leader with initial leadership experience and work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration, society or culture? Then apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for a German Chancellor Fellowship.

As a fellow, you will spend a year in Germany networking with other young international leaders supported by the Humboldt Foundation and searching for new answers to the global questions of our time.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • You have confirmation of a mentoring agreement from a host in Germany.
  • You are a citizen of the USA, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil or India.
  • You obtained a bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic qualification no longer than twelve years ago.
  • You have proven initial leadership experience.
  • You speak German or English.

What form does funding take?

Fellows receive a monthly fellowship of 2,150 euros, 2,450 euros or 2,750 euros, depending on their qualifications. Fellows can apply for additional financial support for accompanying family members. During a study tour of Germany, and while participating in numerous events, fellows have the opportunity to make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions.

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel is the patron of the German Chancellor Fellowship, which is funded by the Federal Foreign Office. Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships, to up to ten prospective leaders from each of the five aforementioned countries.

When is the closing date for applications?

The next closing date for applications is 15 September 2016.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: > The German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow's leaders