German Chancellor Fellowship

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National Deadline: Sept. 15, 2015
Official Website and Application


In 1990, the German Chancellor Fellowships program (Bundeskanzler) was created under an agreement between the German and U.S. governments in the hope that future important U.S. leadership positions would be filled with people who have a first-hand knowledge of Germany. Sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the high-profile committee of political and scientific leaders, annually awards up to ten scholarships per year to prospective U.S. leaders in the academic world, in business or in politics in order to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties.

The Award

The German Chancellor Fellowships generally provide for 12 months of study/research at a German university and/or research institution. The candidate's leadership qualities and ability to demonstrate responsibility rank at the top of the list of criteria for the selection committee. Students intending to seek careers in government and professional fields are at an advantage in the competition for these awards.

Scholarship holders are free to structure their stay themselves (e.g., you may determine the location(s), institute(s), and the focus of study/research). Practical experience in the form of internships, junior staff positions, or training/performance programs with appropriate organizations may also be arranged.

The award includes:

  • Monthly allowance for housing and living expenses (dependents allowance included).
  • Travel expenses to and from Germany for the scholar.
  • Expenses for the German language course, the introductory seminar, the study tour, and the final meeting in Berlin.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Bachelor's or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the start date of the fellowship
  • The applicant may not have spent an extended period outside his or her home country prior to application.

The Application

Please see the official Website for details on the application process.

Useful Resources:

Research in Germany - opportunities for funding research, job searches, and preparing for your research stay in Germany.


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