The German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders 2015

The German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders 2015

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Launch your career in Germany – become part of a worldwide network. Applications are now open for the 2015 German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is targeted at university graduates from the United States, Russia, 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 programme, Germany once again presents itself as a destination of choice for intercultural dialogue and as a meeting place for the international leaders of tomorrow.

Fellowship Details

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships every year. Up to ten of which go to prospective leaders from each of the five countries named above.

Potential candidates, who are interested in studying or training in Germany, should apply for the programmes offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or other funding organisations. Postdoctoral scientists and scholars planning an academic research project should apply for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme.

Fellowhship Benefits

  • a monthly fellowship of 2,150 EUR, 2,450 EUR or 2,750 EUR, depending on your qualifications
  • individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
  • additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
  • a study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions
  • extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Eligibility

Send an application, if you

  • are a prospective leader from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience
  • work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture
  • would be interested in spending a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany

Selection criteria

Applicants are selected according to the following criteria:

  • previous career and leadership potential
  • significance of fellowship for further career development
  • potential to build bridges between home country and Germany
  • international outlook and future role as an international leader
  • existing knowledge to help complete the project successfully
  • relevance of the project for the dialogue of modern societies

Application requirements

  • The applicant must be a national of the United States, the Russian Federation, The People’s Republic of China, Brazil or India
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years before the beginning of the fellowship (1 October of the year following application)
  • Initial proven leadership experience; applicants with a preponderantly academic background should have acquired initial leadership experience in addition to their own research activity
  • German or English language skills
  • A letter of motivation (approx. 2 pages)
  • A project plan (approx. 3 pages); candidates must draw up their project plan independently and discuss it with their intended host prior to application
  • A detailed statement, including confirmation of supervision, by the host in Germany
  • Two references by individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal and/or academic background

Potential applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months immediately prior to the application deadline (15 September) may not apply.

Potential applicants who have already been sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation are not eligible to apply for one of the Foundation’s other fellowships but should seek support for a further stay in Germany from the Foundation’s Alumni Programme.

For more information, visit German Chancellor Fellowship and download the Program Details.

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