German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders
Under the patronage of the German Chancellor, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 10 fellowships to candidates from the U.S., Russia, and China. The fellowship program is designed for prospective leaders who, after completing their undergraduate degrees, have worked in and shown leadership potential within their fields of study. The aim of the program is "to recruit young leaders from a broad range of professional and academic backgrounds as future mediators between Germany and their respective home countries." The award is for scholars in all fields and disciplines, but candidates in the humanities, law, social sciences, and economics are especially encouraged.
The fellowship allows students to carry out an independent project design in cooperation with a selected German host/mentor. It also incorporates a 4-month German language course, a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin, a 2-week study trip around Germany, and a final meeting in Berlin. Collectively these activities are designed to educate fellows about the social, cultural, economic and political life of Germany. The program also provides a monthly stipend for living expenses, travel money, and a contribution toward insurance.
- be a citizen of the U.S, the Russian Federation, or the People's Republic of China
- receive a bachelor's degree prior to, but no more than 12 years prior to, the start date of fellowship
- obtain a statement of confirmation or support from a host/mentor in Germany
- not have spent more than six months outside their home countries, at the time of or shortly before application
- demonstrate a record of leadership
Proficiency in German is not required. A four-month intensive language program is mandatory for candidates with little or no proficiency in the German language.
Graduating seniors and recent graduates may be eligible to apply, but the program considers "professional development" one of the most important factors in the selection process. Such candidates will need to show a convincing record of leadership and professional experience throughout their undergraduate years.
External deadline: October 15, 2010