German Chancellor Fellowship

Advice on finding a host

In order to be able to apply for a German Chancellor Fellowship, you will need a host in Germany whom you select yourself. As your mentor, the host will be expected to support you in conducting your project and to provide a suitable workplace for you.

The role of host can be taken on by anyone working for a public or private institution in Germany. Your host’s field of work must be related to the project you would like to conduct in Germany, and you will be required to coordinate your project with your host prior to application. To apply for the fellowship, you will need the binding commitment and a letter of recommendation from your future host (Form for the proposed host and confirmation of support).

To make the process of contacting a potential host a little easier for you, we have prepared a letter that includes the most important information about the fellowship as well as the duties and benefits of being a host. You are welcome to forward this letter to your chosen host.

Here are some tips and useful information on finding a host in Germany:

  • Start looking for a host as early as possible. Bear in mind that July and August are holiday periods in Germany.
  • Contact the alumni association of German Chancellor Fellows in your own country:
    Alumni Association of German Chancellor Fellows from China
    Alumni Association of German Chancellor Fellows from Russia
    American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Brazil and India do not yet have alumni associations.
  • Approach German companies or organisations in your own country that may be able to assist you with establishing contacts in Germany, for instance the Goethe Institutes, German embassies and consulates, or the network of German Chambers of Commerce abroad.
  • Make use of your own professional and private contacts. Perhaps you know somebody who already has connections in Germany and who could help you to find initial ports of call or to establish some useful contacts?
  • Be persistent! Do not be discouraged if you receive a rejection, but try again elsewhere. If one person at a particular institution is not able to offer their support, ask them whether they can suggest someone else. Perhaps they have a colleague who might be interested?
  • Take your time when preparing your application and make a convincing impression by writing a carefully considered letter. Describe what you are hoping to achieve with your project and explain the significance of the fellowship for your further professional career. Engage your host’s interest in working with you.

From the wide variety of potential institutions in Germany where you may find a host, we have compiled an overview of institutions that have already hosted German Chancellor Fellows. In some cases you will find links to specific examples of projects conducted:

Associations/Foundations/Non-Profit Organisations

  • Amnesty for Women e.V.
  • 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
  • The Ruhr Regional Association
    Lori Herber
  • Topography of Terror Foundation
  • Typographische Gesellschaft München e.V.
  • Wirtschaftlich Menschlich e.V.
    Kirill Kazbekov

Public Administration/Politics

  • 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, Building 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
  • 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

Companies/Agencies/Financial Institutes

  • 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
    Shen Pengfei
  • House of Finance, Frankfurt am Main
  • Humanagement GmbH
    Gao Wei
  • Impact Hub Ruhr
  • McDermott Will & Emery
    (international law firm, Dr. Sabine Konrad)
  • 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
  • Baden Art Association
  • Bauhaus – Archiv museum of design
  • ceramics Berlin
    Anne Drew Potter
  • Dresden State Art Collections
  • 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
  • State Academy of Fine Arts
  • Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Staatstheater Darmstadt
    George Cederquist
  • Staatstheater Stuttgart
  • The Forsythe Company
  • ZK/U Berlin – Center for Art and Urbanistics


  • 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

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