The German Chancellor Fellowship Program sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to become a prospective leader. A German Chancellor Fellowship allows individuals to carry out a project of her or his own design in cooperation with a German host institution they have selected.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizen of the United States, India, Brazil, the Russian Federation, or the People’s Republic of China.
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study

General Information

Up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships are awarded annually to young professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural, and academic sectors. The scholarship is available to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. Candidates from all professions and disciplines, especially individuals in the humanities, law, social sciences, and economics, are eligible to apply.

Successful candidates have gained full-time work experience and have already shown outstanding leadership potential in a career. Applicants have come from such fields as law, journalism, communications, management, finance, economics, architecture, public service, humanities, arts, and environ¬mental affairs. Applications from the natural sciences may be considered if the topic has a social or humanistic dimension.

The fellowship provides for a one-year stay in Germany for professional development, study, or research. Applicants design individual projects specific to Germany and decide at which institutions to pursue them. Scholars will have an academic advisor and a mentor for the duration of their stay. The program begins September 1 of each year and is preceded by an intensive German language course taught in Germany. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite for application. Scholarship holders may be accompanied by their spouses and dependent children.

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend, including any expenses for the German language course, the introductory seminar, the study tour, and the final meeting in Berlin. Amounts vary and are based on age, experience, achievement, and type of research.

Additional information may be found at the German Chancellor Fellowship Website. (www.humboldt-foundation.de)

Application Procedures

Candidates are expected to establish contact with a mentor in Germany before submitting an application. The mentor should agree to provide professional and/or scholarly assistance throughout the program.

All application documents are available on the German Chancellor Fellowship Website (www.humboldt-foundation.de). In general, applicants are required to submit the application form, 3-5 letters of reference, project/research proposal, completed application, statement of support from German host/mentor and resume or CV.

**Applicants apply directly to the Humboldt Foundation. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.** All applicants should notify the PAF Office of their intent to apply by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Application Timeline

March 2017
Application cycle opens.

Mid-September 2017  
Final day that completed application must be received by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

January 2018 
Invitations for interviews are sent.

February 2018 
Interviews take place in Washington, D.C., and final decisions will be announced.