German Chancellor Fellowships now open to South Africa too

With immediate effect, young professionals from South Africa are invited to apply for a German Chancellor Fellowship. Previously, only talented individuals from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA were eligible to apply.

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Through its German Chancellor Fellowship Programme, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invites young professionals from six countries to come to Germany to conduct a project of their choice and develop new contacts. The German Chancellor Fellowship Programme targets future decision-makers, multipliers and catalysts from a wide range of fields including politics, public administration, business, society and culture. The German Chancellor Fellowship Programme was established in 1990 as a transatlantic programme with the USA and has been successively expanded. The addition of South Africa rounds out the group of BRICS countries in the German Chancellor Fellowship programme. Through this work, Germany puts itself forward as a nation of intercultural dialogue and as a meeting place for international leaders of the future.

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The German Chancellor Fellowship

Chancellor underscores the good ties between Germany and South Africa

The fellowship programme is conducted under the patronage of Germany’s federal chancellor and is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards up to 60 German Chancellor Fellowships – up to ten to young leaders from each of the six above-named countries.

Speaking last year in Pretoria, Chancellor Merkel underscored the good ties between Germany and South Africa. Looking at the education field, she drew attention to the German Chancellor Fellowship: “We are inviting South Africa to participate starting 2021 in our programme from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Through this programme, young students can spend a year in Germany. This is already being done with Russia, China, India, Brazil and the USA.”

Leaders of tomorrow wanted

Working with partners they have chosen in Germany, German Chancellor Fellows conduct research projects of social relevance and broaden their career profile: They expand and deepen their expertise, gather international experience and strengthen their intercultural skills with the aim of developing into successful leaders.

With its sponsorship through the German Chancellor Fellowship Programme, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invites participating fellows to take an active part in an international network that is built on trust and collaboration. German Chancellor Fellows have the opportunity to network at joint events, obtain insights into topical issues in Germany and initiate collaboration and contacts that can extend far beyond the shared time in Germany. Extensive language training is provided to facilitate the time spent in Germany.

Applications are currently being accepted until mid-October.

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