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German Chancellor Scholarship

university fellowships committee

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards up to ten German Chancellor Scholarships each year to young U.S. citizens from any profession or field of study who show outstanding potential for future leadership. Selected scholars represent the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural, and academic sectors. The program, designed to strengthen U.S.–German ties, provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research.

Applicants design individual projects tailored to their professional development and goals and decide at which institutions to pursue them in Germany. Individuals may also arrange internships, junior staff positions, or training/performance programs. Successful candidates in the past have come from fields such as the social and policy sciences, government, law, journalism, communications, management, finance, economics, architecture, arts, performing arts, humanities, public service, and environmental affairs.

Command of German is not a prerequisite for application. However, before beginning the program, each scholar is expected to make an earnest effort to acquire German-language skills. Scholars with little or no prior knowledge of German are asked to undertake language training in the United States as soon as the scholarship is accepted, and to continue intensive, specialized German-language instruction while in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation covers the expenses associated with language training.

The scholarship stipend consists of a monthly allowance to cover housing and living expenses, as well as travel expenses to and from Germany and the costs of the German language course, introductory seminar, study tour, and final meeting in Bonn. Upon request, the Foundation may add an allowance for support of a spouse and children.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have completed a Bachelor's degree prior to commencement of the scholarship and who have not passed their 35th birthday prior to beginning their scholarship year.

To be competitive, interested students should contact the BC Campus Coordinator for the German Chancellor Scholarships during the Spring semester, to begin preparing their Fall applications. The application deadline is late October.

To get additional information about the German Chancellor Scholarships and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation web site.