International Parliamentary Scholarships (apply by July 31st)

 International Parliamentary Scholarships 

International Parliamentary Scholarships, © Deutsche Bundesregierung

22.06.2023 - Article

Are you under 30 years old, with strong German language abilities, and a desire to learn more about the German political system and culture? This five-month fellowship with the German Parliament (Bundestag) could be right for you!

Would you like to work at the German Parliament?

If you are from Central, Eastern or South Eastern Europe, France, Israel, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific or the Arab region, Namibia or South Africa, then the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) at the German Bundestag could give you the opportunity to experience how the Bundestag works over the course of five months, with three of these spent working in a Members office.

Each year, the German Bundestag, in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin, offers around 120 scholarships to young university graduates from 50 countries. The programme runs each year from 1 March to 31 July.

The patron of the programme is the President of the German Bundestag.

The programme aims to:

promote relations between Germany and the participating countries consolidate democratic values and tolerance deepen understanding of cultural diversity secure peaceful coexistence in the world.

The IPS programme lasts a total of five months (1 March to 31 July) and involves a number of special events, seminars and a work placement with a Member of the German Bundestag.

At the start of the programme, participants receive an introduction to the local academic life from the three Berlin universities, along with an insight into the parliamentary work from the Bundestag Administration.

The placement consists of a full-time position in a Member’s office, giving participants the opportunity to get to know the various tasks carried out there. They are expected to play an active role, including producing in-depth reports, drafting speeches, articles and letters, preparing meetings and carrying out secretarial tasks. In addition, the participants accompany their Members to meetings of the committees, parliamentary groups and other bodies and gain an insight into Parliament’s internal functioning, systems and procedures. The programme also includes a visit to the Member’s constituency.

Events at universities and political foundations Participants are enrolled as students at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for the summer semester and, if they wish, as guest students at one of the other universities. They are able to take up to two courses at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or one of the city’s other universities during the semester. In addition, they take part in an accompanying academic programme from the Freie Universität, the Humboldt-Universität and the Technische Universität.

Scholarship participants also receive an introduction to Germany’s political, economic and cultural life via seminars held by the political foundations.

Deadline: July 31st


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