Fully Funded German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

The Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the sponsor of the fellowship scheme. Currently, up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships are given out.

Host CountryGermany
Scholarship FoundationAlexander von Humboldt Foundation
Scholarship Value2,200 euros, 2,500 euros, or 2,7fco00 euros + Fully Funded
No. of Scholarships50
Opening DateMarch each year
Closing dateOctober 15 each year
Eligible CountriesSpecific Countries
Duration12 months
Summary of German Chancellor Fellowship
Fully Funded German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders
Fully Funded German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

Benefits of the German Chancellor Fellowship

The German Chancellor Fellowship has the following benefits:

  • Depending on your training and professional level, you may get a monthly fellowship award of 2,200, 2,500, or 7,600 euros.
  • an intensive language course before your fellowship starts, as well as money for German classes while you’re there,
  • personalized assistance throughout your stay in Germany
  • additional financial assistance, such as for mobility, family members traveling with you, travel costs, full private health insurance, or additional German language classes
  • Europe grant, if required to support the project’s success, for a stay of one to two months during the fellowship at an institute in another European nation (but not the fellow’s own);
  • family allowances (up to 346 euros per month for spouses and up to 289 euros per child) for accompanying family members staying at least three months;
  • for single parents: flat-rate allowances (400 euros per month for the first kid and 100 euros per subsequent child) for accompanying children under the age of 18 during stays of at least three months;
  • collaborative activities that allow you to interact professionally and personally with fellows from your year group while learning about German culture and society,
  • Your host will get a monthly grant of €500 to cover any expenses incurred while carrying out the project.

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German Chancellor Fellowship Application Requirements

Regardless of industry, the German Chancellor Fellowship supports future multipliers, thought leaders, and decision-makers. Please submit an application if you

  • citizenship of Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, the Russian Federation, South Africa, or the United States, includes having spent most of one’s time living and working in one of these nations;
  • possess first-line leadership experience and work in an area such as politics, commerce, journalism, administration, society, or culture.
  • German Chancellor Fellows from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation need academic guidance from a mentor while they are abroad.
  • own a recent (12 years or less) bachelor’s degree or other relevant academic qualification. The first of October in the year after the application is crucial for determining this twelve-year timeframe;
  • initial track record of leadership. Those who are applying should have some beginning leadership experience in addition to their own research work, especially if their background is primarily academic;
  • German or English language proficiency;
  • a motivation letter;
  • a project plan; prior to applying, candidates must independently create a project plan for a 12-month stay in Germany and secure a host agreement;
  • a thorough declaration from a German host, including confirmation of research facilities and a mentoring agreement;
  • two recommendations from people who can speak to the candidate’s academic, professional, and/or personal history.
  • Anyone who has already received a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation is not qualified to apply for or reapply for any fellowship offered by the Foundation.

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Host Information

You can serve as a host for foreign graduates or young professionals with inexperienced leadership if you work for a public or private organization in Germany (such as firms, associations, administrative offices, NGOs, etc.).

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Documents Required

Submit the following documents to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation along with an online application form

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation: Tell us about your motivations, your prior leadership experience, and your professional aspirations.
  • Project plan: Describe the project you created on your own and in agreement with your desired host before applying. How will you be able to foster future ties between Germany and your home country? Why is your initiative important to society?
  • Extensive statement: lengthy statement with mentorship commitment from your German host
  • Letters of recommendation: two letters of recommendation from people who can comment on your academic, professional, or personal experience that are no older than a year

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Every year, on October 15th, German Chancellor Fellowship applications must be submitted. Starting on March 15, new applications will be accepted proviso. After this time has passed, you can sign up for the subsequent round of applications; you will automatically receive an email when it does.

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German Chancellor Fellowship Application Process

By the application deadline, the finished application form and all required supporting documentation must be submitted online. After the application has been submitted, a receipt confirmation will be sent. For further details on the online application procedure, access to the online application system, and all required documents, go to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation website.

You should consult with your chosen host about the specifics of your project before applying. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation only accepts online applications. There are links in the online application form where you can upload your statements and letters of recommendation. Please provide these links to the appropriate parties as soon as you can.

The most qualified candidates will get invitations to a selection meeting in the appropriate program country based on their written submissions.

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*The applicant cannot submit an application until you have given your statement and the completed mentoring contract.

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