Launch your career in Germany – become part of a worldwide network
Implement your project with a German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow's leaders
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA the opportunity to conduct a project as guests of the partner of their choice in Germany.
With the support of your host you can spend a year concentrating on a project you have chosen yourself and give your career that crucial boost. German Chancellor Fellowships are open to an array of sectors such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture.
During a four-week preparatory phase in Bonn and Berlin, you will be able to make contact with the other fellows. You will meet them again at various events in the course of the fellowship: Together, you will be invited to attend a reception at the German Chancellery, travel around Germany and visit important public institutions and companies. An intensive German course will help smooth your path into everyday life in Germany.
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme. The Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually, with up to ten prospective leaders selected from each of the five countries.
Submit your application by 15 September. The fellowship begins on 1 October of the following year.
What does the fellowship offer me?
The fellowship amount is 2,150 EUR, 2.450 EUR or 2,750 EUR per month, depending on the fellow’s qualifications. This stipend includes a travel allowance and a contribution towards health and liability insurance.
The stay in Germany begins with a mandatory two-month intensive language course from August to September; Fellows whose German language skills are good but could still be improved are required to take part in a one-month language course; for fellows with excellent German language skills the requirement to take this intensive language course is waived.
The fellowship itself is awarded for twelve months and begins in October with a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin, which provides insights into social, political, business and cultural life in Germany. This is followed by eleven months of individual project work starting in November.
During the spring, fellows participate in a two-week study tour of Germany. Other events within the framework of the fellowship include the Humboldt Foundation's annual meeting, a reception hosted by the Federal President, and the final meeting of German Chancellor Fellows in Berlin, which includes a reception at the Federal Chancellery. Fellowship extensions of up to three months are possible.
- an allowance for research costs of 500 EUR per month to be paid to the host in Germany
- a lump sum to cover the fellow’s return travel expenses, if the costs are not borne by a third party
- family allowances for family members spending at least three months in Germany (up to 326 EUR per month for the fellow’s spouse and up to 234 EUR per month for each child)
- German language courses in the fellow's home country before the start of the stay in Germany as well as during the stay in Germany to expand the skills acquired during the intensive language course
- a Europe allowance for a stay of one to two months at an institute in another European country (not, however, the fellow’s home country) if a stay of this kind is necessary to carry out the project
- extensive alumni sponsorship following successful completion of the fellow’s stay in Germany, particularly for the purpose of sustaining contact with collaborative partners in Germany during the alumni’s entire professional career
What are the application requirements?
- citizenship of the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil or India
- Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the starting date of the fellowship (1 October of the year following application)
- demonstrated leadership potential; applicants whose background is largely academic should also have gained some leadership experience beyond their own research activities
- either English or German language skills
- a letter of motivation (approx. 2 pages)
- a project plan (approx. 3 pages); the candidate must draw up the project plan independently and secure the support of the proposed mentor before submitting an application
- a detailed host's statement, including a confirmation of support
- two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate's professional, personal, and/or academic background
Anyone who has already been sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation cannot apply to the Foundation for the German Chancellor Fellowship and should instead refer to the Foundation’s Alumni Programme for support for further stays in Germany.
How are the application and selection procedures handled?
Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
- applicant's prior history and leadership potential
- significance of the fellowship for further career objectives
- future role of the applicant as an intermediary between his/her own country and Germany
- international orientation of the applicant and prospective role as an international leader
- prior knowledge and experience to complete the project successfully
- persuasiveness and relevance of the project plan
The complete application form, including all required supporting documents, must be submitted online by the closing date. The applicant will be sent a confirmation of receipt upon submission of the application and supporting documentation.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents. It may not be possible to consider incomplete applications in the selection procedure.
The proposed host in Germany should send his or her confidential statement directly to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation by the closing date at the latest.
The selection process involves two stages. The most promising eligible candidates will be selected on the basis of the candidate’s application and written documentation and invited to a selection meeting in Bonn. In an interview the candidates will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves and to present their projects to an independent selection committee, which determines the allocation of fellowships. A group discussion on an overarching topic of general interest is a further selection tool.
All you need for your application
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Advice for individuals:info(at)avh.de
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