German Chancellor Fellowship Program

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship allows you to conduct an independent project at a host institution, in cooperation with a host in Germany you have selected for one year. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in the your respective field of interest. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance your career and professional development. Through your experience in Germany, you will acquire greater knowledge of your fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen your intercultural competence – all essential qualities for future professional leaders.
  • Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the starting date of the fellowship (1 September of the year following application)
  • Citizenship of the United States, the Russian Federation or the People’s Republic of China
  • Candidates from all professions and disciplines are eligible to apply
  • Demonstrated leadership potential; applicants whose background is largely academic should also have gained some leadership experience beyond their own research activities
  • Either English or German language skills
  • A project plan (approx. 5 pages) detailing the project’s subject matter, goals and a time plan; the candidate must draw up the project plan independently and secure the support of the proposed mentor before submitting an application
  • A detailed host’s statement, including a confirmation of support
  • Two or three expert opinions from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal, and/or academic background
  • Application deadline for US applicants: October 15 (annually)
  • Apply online:

It is considered a prestigious fellowship and the alumni of the program typically have gone on to very successful careers. View past fellows by subject on the American Friends Additional program information, frequently asked questions, and a brochure on 2011/2012 AvH German Chancellor Fellows can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website.

Related posts