German Bundestag International Parliamentary Scholarship for Arab Countries 2018 (Funded to Berlin)

German Bundestag International Parliamentary Scholarship for Arab Countries 2018 (Funded to Berlin)

Deadline: January 31, 2018

The German Bundestag invites highly motivated graduates from the Arab region to take part in a scholarship programme in Berlin in September 2018. In 2018, for the seventh time, the German Bundestag is once again offering a scholarship programme for politically engaged young graduates from the Arab region who are interested in the German parliamentary system and play an active role in promoting core democratic values in their home countries.

The programme will take place from 1 – 30 September 2018 in Berlin. The core element of the programme is a one-week work placement in the office of a Member of the German Bundestag. During an intensive four-week programme, participants have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the German parliamentary system and political decision making processes.

The focus is also on events about the German parliamentary system along with presentations, workshops and seminars on topics such as German history and culture, freedom of religion (with a visit to a church, synagogue and mosque), minority issues, comparison of systems and approaches to experiences of dictatorship and the German culture of remembrance (Nazi dictatorship, SED dictatorship). A workshop on project management aims to support the development of individual project ideas with a view to promoting democracy and civil society in participants’ countries of origin.

The programme is intended for talented Arab people who are interested in politics and who are keen to play an active role in promoting core democratic values in their home countries. The programme is coordinated at parliamentary level by the Rapporteur Group on International Exchange Programmes.

The scholarship

Participants will receive a scholarship of 500 euros. In addition, accommodation in an apartment complex will be provided free of charge, and the costs of travel to and from Berlin will be covered, as well as the costs of health, accident and personal liability insurance.

Eligibility

  • Citizenship of an Arab country
  • Under the age of 35 at the start of the scholarship
  • University degree
  • Very good knowledge of German
  • An interest in politics, and social/political commitment

Application

Please send your completed online application documents by email as a PDF-file, with the file name consisting of your surname followed by your given name (i.e. surname-first name), to the German mission in your home country.

Your application should be submitted in German and include the following scanned documents:

  • Passport photo (please attach this to the first page of the application form);
  • Application form (available online at: www.bundestag.de/ips_arabisch);
  • Evidence of very good knowledge of German;
  • Personal statement of reasons for applying (maximum of two pages);
  • Copy of passport or ID card;
  • Certified copy of university degree certificate1;
  • Letter of recommendation in German or English (from a university professor or employer, assessing the applicant’s qualification for the programme).

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at a German embassy in the Arab region, where an independent selection panel set up by the German Bundestag will choose the successful candidates based on their professional, social, language and intercultural skills. Some of the costs of travel to the interview will be reimbursed, if it is not possible for this to take place in the applicant’s home country.

For more information, visit German Bundestag Scholarship.

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