25 June 2013, No. 15/2013

German Chancellor Fellowships now also for India and Brazil

Expansion of international sponsorship programme for the leaders of tomorrow

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is extending the scope of its German Chancellor Fellowships to include future leaders from Brazil and India, who are now also invited to come to Germany to carry out research projects and form contacts along with the talents from the USA, Russia and China who were previously able to apply. By adding Brazil and India, eligibility for the Fellowship has been expanded to two economically and politically important growth countries. 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.

Every 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 from each of the five countries 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 today received the current German Chancellor Fellows in Berlin
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel receives
the current German Chancellor Fellows in
Berlin on 25 Juni 2013.

Photo: The Federal Government/Oliver Lang

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel today received the current German Chancellor Fellows in Berlin and lauded 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, media, administration, society or 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.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide – including 49 Nobel Prize winners.


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