2023 Fully Funded German Chancellor Fellowship: Apply Now!


Introduction to the Fully Funded German Chancellor Fellowship

Applications are now open for the fully funded 2023 German Chancellor Fellowship, and we are searching for the leaders of tomorrow. Are you a graduate with initial leadership experience? Do you come from Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, South Africa, or the USA? Would you like to implement a self-chosen project that supports your career development, is societally relevant, and has a lasting public impact? Are you interested in actively participating in an international network of dedicated leaders? Then come to Germany with a German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to take the next step of your career.

The fellowship programme is under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships are awarded at the moment.

This fellowship for prospective leaders brings you to Germany for one year to implement a project idea you have developed yourself. We will help you network with future international leaders here to find new answers to the global issues of our time. We offer you:

  • a monthly fellowship grant of 2,000 euros, 2,300 euros or 2,600 euros, depending on your training and career level
  • an intensive language course before you begin your fellowship and funding for German courses during your fellowship,
  • individual support during your stay in Germany
  • additional financial support, e.g. for mobility, accompanying family members, travel expenses, full private health insurance or additional German language courses
  • joint events where you experience professional and personal intercultural exchange with other fellows from your year group and gain insights into German culture and society,
  • networking activities that enable you to collaborate in peer groups and independently organise smaller network formats with other fellows,
  • a two-week study tour through Germany as well as a number of events where you can connect with other fellows and meet representatives of German businesses and institutions
  • extensive alumni sponsorship, in particular, to support long-term connections with your cooperation partners in Germany over the duration of your entire professional career

Your host will have a monthly subsidy of €500 at their disposal for any costs arising while conducting the project.

Eligibility Criteria

The German Chancellor Fellowship sponsors future decision-makers, multipliers, and thought leaders, regardless of industry. We invite you to apply if you:

  • Hold Brazilian, Chinese, Indian, South African or American citizenship
  • Work in a field such as politics, business, media, administration, society or culture and have demonstrable initial leadership experience
  • Will have completed your first academic degree (Bachelor’s or comparable degree) no more than twelve years ago. The key date for calculating this twelve-year period is 1 October 2024.
  • Want to conduct an independently developed project with a host of your choice in Germany
  • Have good knowledge of English and/or German

How to apply

Before applying, you should discuss the details of your project with your chosen host. Please submit the necessary application documents to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online only.

  1. Letter of motivation: Tell us what drives you, what leadership experience you already have and what your career goals are
  2. Project plan: Outline the project you have developed yourself and agree with your intended host prior to applying. Why is your project of societal significance, and how will you be able to build bridges between Germany and your home country in the future?
  3. Extensive statement, including a mentoring agreement from your host in Germany
  4. Two letters of recommendation (not more than 12 months old) from individuals who can provide information on your professional, personal, and/or academic background

The online application form contains links where letters of recommendation and statements can be uploaded. Please forward these links to the relevant individuals as soon as possible. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as we have received all the required documents. Note that the closing date for applications is 15 October 2023. Ready to apply? Click HERE to apply.

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