Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program

Brandenburger Tor, beleuchtet in der Nacht, Brandenburger Tor, illuminated at night

Brandenburger Tor, beleuchtet in der Nacht, Brandenburger Tor, illuminated at night, © blickwinkel


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow. The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany.

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme and is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. The Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually – up to ten for each country. The closing date for applications is 15 September 2019.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is targeted at university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. It addresses 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 fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, and to explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. With this program Germany once again presents itself as a destination of choice for intercultural dialogue and as a meeting place for the international leaders of tomorrow.

During their stay in Germany, the German Chancellor Fellows usually pursue research-based, self-developed projects in the areas mentioned above at host institutions. They are supervised by hosts in Germany who they select themselves and who have the necessary level of expertise to mentor the respective research topics. The projects should not only be of social significance, but should also have a long-term, publicly-visible impact. They should also be conducive to advancing fellows’ career development. During their stay in Germany, fellows will be able to expand their specialist knowledge and gain new international experience whilst enhancing their intercultural skills and thus enabling them to develop into successful leaders.

After the fellowship has come to an end, they act as intermediaries between their own countries and Germany and continue to be part of the worldwide Humboldt Network in which the alumni of the German Chancellor Fellowship Program foster particularly close contacts with oneanother. This has resulted in a steadily growing network of international decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders.

For more Information please see the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation website.

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