Language fellowships and German courses

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Sponsorship and Network Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn



This page only contains information for the fellowship cohorts 2020/2021 and 2021/2022.  
- Information for applicants
- Information on sponsorship during the stay in Germany for the fellowship cohorts 2022/23


Germany is much more fun if you speak German! Language is the key to a country's culture. Some of the highlights of the German Chancellor Fellowship programme – for example the meeting with the German Chancellor – are held (exclusively) in German. That’s why we provide support for you to learn German if you are not yet fluent.

Language fellowship prior to the German Chancellor Fellowship

Due to the impact of the corona pandemic, German language classes unfortunately cannot take place in Bonn this year. Instead, we will offer you an online German course in your home country from July to September, which is exclusively tailored for you as German Chancellor Fellows by a language institute in Bonn. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation pays the tuition fee; accommodation and meals cannot be covered.
The language course will make it much easier for you to arrive and settle in Germany and we strongly recommend that you make use of it. You will also have the opportunity to get to know the other fellows and to help each other in learning German and in preparing for your stay in Germany. If you are already fluent in German, we recommend that you take part in the additionally offered group appointments.

German language courses during the fellowship period

We want to help you continue to expand your German language skills even after you have completed your intensive course. You may therefore apply to the Humboldt Foundation for a grant towards the costs of German courses (usually evening classes). Please notify the language institute that you are attending the course as part of a Humboldt Foundation fellowship. We cannot fund intensive language courses that would interrupt your project.
Applications to cover the cost of German language courses must be submitted to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation before you start the course. Processing generally takes up to 14 days.

Online application

If you are a German Chancellor Fellow and would like to submit an application, please log in first. You will be given access to an online form which has been partially filled in with your personal details. You can then complete and submit this form.