Information for hosts

Become a host for a German Chancellor Fellow

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellows require academic support from a mentor during their stay in Germany. If you work at a public or private institution in Germany (businesses, associations, administrative offices, NGOs etc.), you can act as a host for international graduates or young professionals with initial leadership experience from the USA, the Russian Federation, PR China, Brazil, India or South Africa.

Please refer to our website or the German Chancellor Fellowship programme information to find out exactly what is required of applicants.

Your tasks – your benefits

As a host you will assist the applicant with their project by providing help and advice. First, you will ensure that the applicant receives definitive confirmation and a letter of recommendation for the application (see below). If the applicant is successful, you will provide them with a suitable workspace, if necessary.
In return, you will receive additional academic stimuli and expand your international network of contacts. Similarly, you will also become part of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s global network and be able to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, even after the project is completed. Furthermore, you will have a monthly subsidy of €500 at your disposal for any costs arising while conducting the project. The Humboldt Foundation will transfer this money to a suitable account of your institution.

Your statement

First, applicants must coordinate their independently developed proposal with you. To enable you to submit a meaningful statement on the applicant’s qualifications and on the proposal, you will generally require the following documents:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • project outline

Your statement is crucial for the selection procedure.

In drawing up your assessment please refer to the list of questions for the statement by the host (PDF)and answer these questions in the order given, where possible. Upload the completed document together with the signed mentoring agreement to a secure area associated with the application; the applicant will send you the corresponding link to this area by email. Your statement will, of course, be treated as confidential.

If you have any questions regarding your statement or your duties as a host, we will be happy to advise you by e-mail: info[at]

Please note

The applicant cannot submit an application until your statement and signed mentoring agreement have been provided. We therefore recommend that you upload the necessary documents as soon as possible once you have been notified by the applicant. If you are for compelling reasons unable to upload the statement and mentoring agreement by this deadline, you may send the documents to the Humboldt Foundation by email (info[at]

The closing date for applications is 15 October of each year. New applications are being provisionally accepted from 15 March.

Based on the written documents, the most promising candidates will be invited to the respective programme country for a selection meeting. This will give candidates the opportunity to present their proposals. The Selection Committee will decide whether or not to grant the applicant a fellowship at this meeting.