German Chancellor Fellowship 2021/2022 for Tomorrow’s Leaders (Fully-funded)

German Chancellor Fellowship 2021/2022 for Tomorrow’s Leaders (Fully-funded)

Deadline: September 15, 2020

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is now accepting applications for the German Chancellor Fellowship 2021/2022. The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is targeted at university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. From March 2021 young professionals from South Africa will be able to apply for a German Chancellor Fellowship as well.

The program 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.

Program Details

During their stay in Germany, the German Chancellor Fellows usually pursue research-based, self developed projects in the areas mentioned at host institutions. They are supervised by hosts in Germany who they select themselves and who have the necessary level of expertise to mentor the respective research topics. The projects should not only be of social significance, but should also have a long-term, publicly-visible impact. They should also be conducive to advancing fellows’ career development. During their stay in Germany, fellows will be able to expand their specialist knowledge and gain new international experience whilst enhancing their intercultural skills and thus enabling them to develop into successful leaders.

After the fellowship has come to an end, they act as intermediaries between their own countries and Germany and continue to be part of the worldwide Humboldt Network in which the alumni of the German Chancellor Fellowship Programme foster particularly close contacts with one another. This has resulted in a steadily growing network of international decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders.


The fellowship provides

  • A monthly fellowship of €2,170, €2,470 or €2,770, 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.


You are eligible if you

  • Are a university graduate with an international bias from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience;
  • Completed your first degree less than 12 years ago;
  • Would like to spend a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany;
  • Can demonstrate that your project will be of social significance and that you have the potential to build future bridges between Germany and your own country;
  • Work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture.

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.


In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship.

The completed application form, including the necessary additional documents, should be submitted online by the application deadline. See FAQs before you apply.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.