The German Chancellor Fellowship Program sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country through their profession or studies. 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

  • Must be a 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 fifty 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, but especially individuals in the humanities, law, social sciences and economics, are eligible to apply. Scholarship holders are free to structure their locations, faculty associates, and the focus of study or research.

The fellowship provides for a stay of one year 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. 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 environmental affairs. Applications from the natural sciences may be considered if the topic has a social or humanistic dimension.

The program begins approximately September 1 of each year and lasts twelve months. It is preceded by language classes taught in Germany. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. Scholarship holders can 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) or by contacting the campus faculty representative, Ms. Kefryn Reese, Director, Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, Center for Student Services, Building 21, Room Y, 305-284-5387.

Application Procedure and Dates

Applicants 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.

September 15, 2014   Completed application must be received by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

January 2015   Invitations for interviews will be sent out.

February 2015   Interviews will take place in Washington, DC and final decisions will be announced.