The German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow's leaders

Launch your career in Germany – become part of a worldwide network

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow – from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA. The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.
In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship.

We offer you

  • a monthly fellowship of €2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications
  • individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
  • additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
  • a study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions
  • extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Send an application, if you

  • are a university graduate with an international bias from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience
  • completed your first degree less than 12 years ago
  • would like to spend a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany
  • can demonstrate that your project will be of social significance and that you have the potential to build future bridges between Germany and your own country
  • work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture


Please consult the Programme Information (PDF) for details of the application requirements and fellowship specifications.


The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme. The Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually – up to ten for each country.



“It is simply great that I can focus completely on my project. There is always someone at the Humboldt Foundation who can help you.“

Sadaf FatimaSadaf Fatima
German Chancellor Fellow from India

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“I’m very pleased about the confidence that the Foundation has in us and the freedom we have as a result of this.“

Suzana VelascoSuzana Velasco
German Chancellor Fellow from Brazil

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“I loved the idea of a programme that encouraged curiosity and growth and would give me the creative freedom to pursue a project I was passionate about.“

Jason MannixJason Mannix
German Chancellor Fellow from the USA

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“Misunderstandings can be created through the images conveyed by the media. Thus, the German Chancellor Fellowship is very necessary in order to promote understanding between peoples.“

Dandan WangWang Dandan
German Chancellor Fellow from China

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“I really got a lot of information about the German mentality and how to work together with Germans.“

Sergey VolchenkovSergey Volchenkov
German Chancellor Fellow from Russia

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Information for hosts and references

Information material


This programme is financed by the:

  • Federal Foreign Office