24 June 2019

Success of German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow’s leaders

More than 80 percent of sponsorship recipients acquire useful experience and international contacts through the fellowship, an evaluation reveals.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme seeks to promote tomorrow’s leaders – from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the United States. The fellowship enables them to spend a year in Germany pursuing their own professional projects.
An evaluation has now examined whether the programme has been successful in recruiting prospective leaders and multipliers from a broad spectrum of occupations and whether the fellows continue to act as a link between Germany and their own countries when sponsorship comes to an end.

Leaders as bridge-builders

The evaluation produced largely positive results: the programme does manage to attract prospective leaders from many fields who now really do hold positions that allow them to build bridges between their own countries and Germany. The alumni often participate as experts in socially relevant debates, and the majority has gone on to become globally connected leaders. In the process, an active international alumni network has evolved that, notwithstanding certain national variations, is closely linked to the Humboldt Foundation.

Immediate effects

Greater professional expertise and new contacts

The time spent in Germany during the fellowship contributes decisively to shaping the fellows’ professional development. More than 90 percent of both alumni and hosts state that the fellows’ professional expertise developed strongly to very strongly as a result of the stay in Germany. More than 80 percent of alumni say that the fellowship enabled them to gain experience, skills and international contacts that were valuable for their current professional activity.

Every year, the Humboldt Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships. Applications for a fellowship starting in 2020 may be submitted until 15 September 2019.


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