The German Chancellor’s Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships Germany has to offer. Here are the basics: develop an original project in any area, find a host institution that’s willing to work with you, and get paid at least Euro 2,300 per month for up to a year, plus expenses. If you are a senior, you must act quickly, for the deadline is October 15! If you are a junior, begin to think about the application NOW. You must have completed your BA by the start of the fellowship (usually September 1), but you may apply in the fall semester of your senior year.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The programme is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, and the arts. The programme provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious programme builds on Germany’s established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow’s international leaders.
During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in the fellow’s respective field of interest. The fellows are mentored by hosts in Germany, whom the fellows have chosen on the basis of their expertise in their respective areas. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance fellows’ careers and professional development. Through their experience in Germany, fellows will acquire greater knowledge of their fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen their intercultural competence – all essential qualities for future professional leaders.
Go to the Alexander von Humboldt foundation website and read about the details. Please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Gundolf Graml for help with the application!