German Chancellor Fellowship Programme


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programmeis inviting university graduates from the USA, Russia, China, Brazil and India to spend a year in Germany and pursue research-based self-developed projects. Successful candidates are prospective decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture. The deadline is on 15 September 2020.

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Opportunity of German Chancellor Fellowship Programme

This fellowship programme is under the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships every year – up to ten of which go to prospective leaders from each of the five countries named above.

The Fellows pursue research-based, self-developed projects at host institutions. The projects should not only be of social significance, but should also have a long-term, publicly-visible impact. The fellowship grant amounts to up to €2,770 per month and also includes a mobility allowance as well as a contribution to health and liability insurance. The stay in Germany begins with a language scholarship for an obligatory two-month intensive German language course which takes place during August and September. The German Chancellor Fellowship is granted for twelve months and starts in October with a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin. This provides varied insights into the social, political, economic and cultural life in Germany. It is followed by eleven months of individual project work starting in November.

The deadline is on 15 September 2020.


Main criteria

  • The applicant must be a national of the USA, Russia, China, Brazil, or India
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years before the beginning of the fellowship is required
  • Candidates should demonstrate proven leadership experience and German or English language skills
  • Additionally, letter of motivation and a project plan must be submitted along with two references

Find out more about Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship.

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