Advice on finding a host

If you would like to apply for a German Chancellor Fellowship, you will need a contact person at a private or public institution in Germany: your host.

What are the responsibilities of a host?

Hosts are also mentors and will assist you in carrying out your project. At the same time, they also ensure that you have the necessary conditions to successfully carry out your project, for example by providing a suitable workplace. Your host will have a monthly subsidy of €500 at their disposal for any costs arising while conducting the project.

Who can act as a host?

Any natural person with close ties to a public or private institution in Germany (e.g. businesses, associations, public administration, NGOs) can serve as a host. To ensure adequate support, there must be some relation between your host's field of professional expertise and your proposed project in Germany.

What do I need from my host?

Before you can apply for a German Chancellor Fellowship you must coordinate your project with your future host. You will then need both a binding mentoring agreement and an extensive host’s statement (list of questions, PDF) in writing from them. Both documents are essential components of your online application.

How do I find the right host?

Make use of your professional or personal contacts. Do you know anyone who has connections to Germany and could help you find initial points of contact or refer you?

Approach German businesses or organisations in your country that may be able to introduce you to contacts in Germany.

Or contact the alumni association of German Chancellor Fellows in your home country:

Our advice: start looking for a host as soon as possible. Plase remember that July and August are holiday months in Germany.

How do I contact a potential host?

Take your time when writing your application, and persuade your host with a well-worded cover letter. Describe what you hope to achieve with your project and how the fellowship is important for your further career plans. Pique your host’s interest in working with you.

To make it easier for you to contact a potential host, we have compiled a letter for you containing the most important information about the fellowship and the responsibilities and benefits of acting as a host. You are welcome to send this letter to your desired host. Please click here for a translation of this letter.

What if the host of my choice rejects my request?

Be persistent! Don’t be discouraged if you receive a rejection; try again with someone else. If a particular person at an institution is unavailable to act as a host, ask about alternatives. Maybe a colleague would be interested?

Organisations at which hosts work(ed)

To help you find a host, we have put together a list of businesses and organisations at which former hosts have worked or potential hosts are working.

  • Amnesty for Women e.V.
  • Bauhaus der Erde gGmbH
  • Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • Bootlab e.V.
  • Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels
  • Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe e.V.
  • Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V.
  • Deutsch-Brasilianische Gesellschaft e.V. Tópicos
  • Deutsch-Russisches Forum e.V.
  • DIN German Institute for Standardization
  • Ecologic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy (Loni Gardner und Christopher Moore)
  • Energy Agency Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Europäisches Energie- und Umweltforum e.V.
  • European Institute for Sustainable Transport (Eurist) e.V. (Michael Amabile)
  • European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation)
  • Evangelische Obdachlosenhilfe e.V.
  • Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (Sandra Tasic)
  • Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship (Jane Lezina)
  • Foundation “Little Scientists' House” (Victoria Shure)
  • Foundation New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum (Rachel Cylus)
  • Fränkische Gesellschaft zur Förderung der
    Deutsch-Chinesischen Zusammenarbeit e. V. (Wang Yan)
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • German-American Dialog on Renewable Energy (GADORE)
  • German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ)
  • German Solar Industry Association (Joanna Gubman)
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) (Eric Borden und Matthew Tisdale)
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) (Natalia Kisliakova)
  • German Commitee for Disaster Reduction (Zhang Liwen)
  • German Council on Foreign Relations (Laura-Lee Smith)
  • German Resistance Memorial Center
  • Germanwatch
  • GEXSI – Global Exchange for Social Investment
  • Global Public Policy Institute (Özge Güzelsu und Lauren Harrison)
  • Goethe-Institut Munich
  • Green City e.V.
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • Hydra – Treffpunkt und Beratung für Prostituierte
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Initiativ- und Planungsgruppe Kesselberg e.V.
  • Insitute for Applied History – Society and Science in Dialogue (Olga Shonova)
  • Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Lake Constance Foundation
  • Lebenshilfe: The Association for People with Mental Disability (Yulia Goloviznina)
  • Mimikry – Counseling for Women in Prostitution
  • Netzwerk Spiel/Kultur Prenzlauer Berg e.V. (Andrew Chu)
  • PARA-SOL Verein für angewandte Kultur e.V.
  • Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
  • Society for Threatened Peoples (Liubov Romanova)
  • Stiftung Mercator
  • Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Alexander Gusev)
  • Südwestmetall - employer association of the metal and electrical industry in Baden-Württemberg
  • The Ruhr Regional Association (Lori Herber)
  • Topography of Terror Foundation
  • Typographische Gesellschaft München e.V.
  • United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
  • United Nations University - Vice-Rectorate in Europe - Sustainable Cycles Programme (UNU-ViE SCYCLE)
  • Wirtschaftlich Menschlich e.V. (Kirill Kazbekov)

  • Bamberg State Library
  • Bayerische Staatskanzlei
  • Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Hamburg (Emily Yates)
  • BIBB – Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
  • Federal Centre for Health Education
  • Federal Highway Research Institute (Keith Michael Platte)
  • Federal Foreign Office
  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Federal Office for Radiation Protection
  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (Jin Lei)
  • German Bundestag – Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Project Management Agency
  • Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Entwicklung
  • Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen
  • Landesarchiv Berlin
  • Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety
  • Senatsverwaltung für Integration, Arbeit und Frauen (Berlin)
  • Senat von Berlin
  • Staatsbibliothek Bamberg
  • Staatskanzlei Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Maria Erashova)
  • Stadt Halle (Saale)
  • Stadt Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Wasserwirtschaftsamt Hof

  • Baltic Sea International Campus
  • CarboCycle Ingenieurbüro
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Stuttgart region
  • CIMA Beratung + Management GmbH
  • Commerzbank AG (Yu Chenjia)
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen
  • duisport Agency GmbH (Konstantin Piskun)
  • Earlybird Venture Capital
  • econcept - Agency for Sustainable Design (Yasmin Bowers)
  • European Central Bank
  • facts und fiction GmbH
  • HA Hessen Agentur GmbH
  • HAMBURG WASSER (Shen Pengfei)
  • House of Finance, Frankfurt am Main
  • Humanagement GmbH (Gao Wei)
  • Impact Hub Ruhr
  • Mull und Partner Ingenieursgemeinschaft mbH
  • PolyTechnos Venture-Partners
  • Siemens AG (Wan Bing)
  • Stylepark AG (You Mi)
  • Trans Eurasia Logistics GmbH

  • Archive Kabinett (Caitlin Berrigan)
  • Art Laboratory Berlin e.V. (Anastasia Shavlokhova)
  • Badischer Kunstverein
  • Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung
  • English Theatre Berlin
  • Hamburger Schauspielhaus
  • Haus der Geschichte Bonn
  • Institut für Theatertherapie (Elizabeth McAdam)
  • Maxim-Gorki-Theater
  • Mime Centrum Berlin
  • raumlaborberlin (Anna Bitkina)
  • Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
  • Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
  • Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Staatstheater Darmstadt (George Cederquist)
  • Staatstheater Stuttgart
  • The Forsythe Company
  • Zentrum für Keramik (Anne Drew Potter)
  • ZK/U Berlin – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik

  • Bangert Verlag
  • Blockfrei Journalistenbüro
  • Cornelsen Schulverlage GmbH
  • Der Tagesspiegel
  • Deutsche Welle Television (Sarah Kelly)
  • Die Zeit
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Hueber Verlag
  • Spiegel Online International (Joel Stonington)
  • Welt am Sonntag