German Chancellor Fellowships now also for India and Brazil

The Humboldt Foundation now invites future leaders from Brazil and India to Germany to carry out a project and make contacts under its German Chancellor Fellowship Programme. So far, the fellowships have been open to young talents from the USA, Russia and China. The addition of Brazil and India means that two economically and politically important growth countries have been included in the programme. Applications may be submitted from now until mid-September.

As part of the worldwide Humboldt Network it is hoped that the German Chancellor Fellows, who come from a wide range of disciplines, will act as intermediaries between Germany and their home countries after their stay in Germany, and develop long-term relationships.

Each year, the fellowship programme, which is under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor and funded by the Federal Foreign Office, enables up to ten graduates who already have initial leadership experience to enhance their specialist knowledge in Germany, gain new international experience and strengthen their intercultural competencies.

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel received the current German Chancellor Fellows in Berlin on 25 Juni 2013.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
received the current German Chancellor Fellows
Photo: The Federal Government/Oliver Lang

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel received the current German Chancellor Fellows in Berlin on 25 June 2013 and praised the expansion of the programme. “This fellowship programme has been especially close to my heart since I came into office. Just as when the programme was expanded in 2006 to include the People’s Republic of China, the addition of Brazil and India is a sign that we want to respond to the changes taking place in the world: these countries are two of the most influential global powers and important partners for Germany’s future. With the German Chancellor Fellowships we invite the talents of today who will drive the partnerships of tomorrow – partnerships with Germany, but also amongst themselves and with their co-fellows from China, Russia and the USA,” said Angela Merkel.

The fellows carry out their projects as guests of self-chosen German partners from the fields of politics, business, the media, administration, society and culture. Their project work is preceded by an introductory phase of several months in which they visit important German public institutions and businesses together and intensively learn German. In addition to the boost to their careers that a stay in Germany can offer, the fellowship is designed to support the fellows in developing into successful leaders.



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