German Chancellor Fellowships for Young Leaders

Deadline: 15 September, 2013
Open to: prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA
Fellowship: The fellowship amount is 2,150 EUR, 2.450 EUR or 2,750 EUR per month. This stipend includes a travel allowance and a contribution towards health and liability insurance. As well, there are additional benefits for the fellows


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is accepting applications for German Chancellor Fellowship Program with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The purpose of this program is to focus on young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields.

Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as: politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, and arts. The programme provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious programme builds on Germany’s established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow’s international leaders.

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, with up to ten prospective leaders selected from each of the five countries.


The fellowship amount is 2,150 EUR, 2.450 EUR or 2,750 EUR per month, depending on the fellow’s qualifications. This stipend includes a travel allowance and a contribution towards health and liability insurance.
The stay in Germany begins with a mandatory two-month intensive language course from August to September; Fellows whose German language skills are good but could still be improved are required to take part in a one-month language course; for fellows with excellent German language skills the requirement to take this intensive language course is waived.
The fellowship itself is awarded for twelve months and begins in October with a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin, which provides insights into social, political, business and cultural life in Germany. This is followed by eleven months of individual project work starting in November.
During the spring, fellows participate in a two-week study tour of Germany. Other events within the framework of the fellowship include the Humboldt Foundation’s annual meeting, a reception hosted by the Federal President, and the final meeting of German Chancellor Fellows in Berlin, which includes a reception at the Federal Chancellery. Fellowship extensions of up to three months are possible.

Additional benefits:

  • an allowance for research costs of 500 EUR per month to be paid to the host in Germany
  • lump sum to cover the fellow’s return travel expenses, if the costs are not borne by a third party
  • family allowances for family members spending at least three months in Germany (up to 326 EUR per month for the fellow’s spouse and up to 234 EUR per month for each child)
  • German language courses in the fellow’s home country before the start of the stay in Germany as well as during the stay in Germany to expand the skills acquired during the intensive language course
  • Europe allowance for a stay of one to two months at an institute in another European country (not, however, the fellow’s home country) if a stay of this kind is necessary to carry out the project
  • extensive alumni sponsorship following successful completion of the fellow’s stay in Germany, particularly for the purpose of sustaining contact with collaborative partners in Germany during the alumni’s entire professional career

What are the application requirements?

  • citizenship of the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil or India
  • Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the starting date of the fellowship (1 October of the year following application)
  • demonstrated leadership potential; applicants whose background is largely academic should also have gained some leadership experience beyond their own research activities
  • either English or German language skills
  • letter of motivation (approx. 2 pages)
  • project plan (approx. 3 pages); the candidate must draw up the project plan independently and secure the support of the proposed mentor before submitting an application
  • a detailed host’s statement, including a confirmation of support
  • two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal, and/or academic background

Applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of the application deadline (15 September) are not eligible to apply. Anyone who has already been sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation cannot apply to the Foundation for the German Chancellor Fellowship and should instead refer to the Foundation’s Alumni Programme for support for further stays in Germany.

How to Apply?

You must apply online. If you wish to submit an application you must register first. Click HERE to register. After registering you will receive an email with a link which will allow you to log-on and access the application form using your user name and password.

You must upload the following documents before you can submit your application: the application form, your letter of motivation your project plan and your curriculum vitae.

Please also check the FAQs for applicants to the German Chancellor Fellowship Programme

For more information please visit the official website.

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