Germany Close Up Fellowships: Call for Applications from Jewish-American Students and Young Professionals

Feb 13, 2013

The Jewish Museum in Berlin © picture-alliance/ dpa Enlarge image The Jewish Museum in Berlin, which was designed by American architect Daniel Libeskind, provides an overview of German Jewish history. (© picture-alliance/ dpa) Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up – American Jews Meet Modern Germany is an initiative created to enrich transatlantic dialogue and provide Jewish-American students and young professionals in their twenties and early thirties with an opportunity to experience modern Germany up close and personally.

In 2013, Germany Close Up is offering several different fellowship opportunities for both students and Jewish American young emerging leaders up to 35. Detailed information about all of these programs is available at the Germany Close Up website.

Upcoming fellowship opportunities over the course of the year that involve trips to Germany include:

  • The Germany Close Up Fellowship: A Program for Young Jewish Professionals in Cooperation with Classroom without Borders
    August 5 - 15, 2013.
    Application closes February 28, 2013.
  • Allianz-AJC Third Generation Initiative in Affiliation with Germany Close Up
    June 6 - 16,  2013.
    Application closes March 7, 2013.
  • The Germany Close Up Fellowship: A Group for Young Professionals in Affiliation with the Orthodox Union (New York)
    May 28 - June 6, 2013.
    Application closes March 20, 2013.
  • The Germany Close Up Fellowship: An Open Program for Students and Young Professionals in Affiliation with COJECO
    October 17 - 27, 2013.
    Application closes April 4, 2013.
  • The Germany Close Up Fellowship: An Open Program for Students and Young Professionals
    July 20 - 28, 2013.
    Application closes April 7, 2013.
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