German Chancellor Fellowship (Bundeskanzler-Stipendium)


The German Chancellor Fellowship is targeted at young professionals who are likely to become thought leaders in their fields. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany networking with other leaders from abroad and exploring solutions to the global issues of our times.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil, and India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, and the arts.

The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious program builds on Germany’s established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow’s international leaders.

Requirements for Applicants from the United States:

  • US citizenship
  • Bachelor's or comparable degree completed less than 12 years prior to the starting date of the fellowship
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Either English or German language skills
  • A letter of motivation (2 pages)
  • Project proposal (3 pages), supported by a proposed mentor in Germany
  • Statement of support from the mentor/host institution
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references

During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in the fellow’s respective field of interest. The fellows are mentored by hosts in Germany, whom the fellows have chosen on the basis of their expertise in their respective areas. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance fellows’ careers and professional development. Through their experience in Germany, fellows will acquire greater knowledge of their fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen their intercultural competence – all essential qualities for future professional leaders.

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this sponsorship program, which is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually, with up to ten prospective leaders selected from each of the three countries.

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For a list of German Chancellor Fellow alumni, click here

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As the professional partner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, American Friends seeks to promote academic cooperation between top-notch scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

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