Friday, August 6, 2010

German Chancellor Fellowships

The German Chancellor Fellowship: An International Opportunity for Prospective Leaders and Young Professionals

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Overview of the Fellowship:

Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards ten German Chancellor Fellowships annually to young professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors who are citizens of the United States. Application is open to all professions and fields of study, with preference for individuals in economics, law, social sciences and the humanities.

The program, which also includes fellowships for citizens of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, sponsors career-oriented individuals who demonstrate leadership and the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country through their profession or studies.

Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite.

Fellowship Details and Eligibility:

The German Chancellor Fellowship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development and research. Applicants design individual research-related projects tailored to their professional background and decide at which institutions or organizations to pursue them. Before submitting an application, they must establish contact with a prospective host (mentor), who agrees to supervise them during the stay in Germany.

Applicantsmust be U.S. citizens and have a bachelor's degree; candidates must have received their degree after September 1, 1999. Successful candidates have come from such fields as government, social and policy sciences, law, journalism, communications, management, finance, economics, architecture, public service, the humanities, the arts, and environmental affairs.

Program and Application Information:

The program begins September 1 and lasts twelve months. It is preceded by three months of mandatory language classes in Germany.

Monthly stipends range from 2,150 to 2,750 EUR, and additional allow-ances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and introductory German lan-guage instruction in the United States.

The application deadline for the 2011-2012 fellowship is October 15, 2010.

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