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Humboldt Foundation Scholarship

Provides one year of support for Americans undertaking a proposed research project in Germany. Rolling Admissions Starting in October.


The German Chancellor Fellowship supports Americans who have completed their first degree, have subsequently gained work experience, and have already shown outstanding leadership potential in their career to conduct a proposed research project in cooperation with a German host institution.  The Fellowship incorporates an intensive language course in Germany, a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin, a study trip around Germany, and a final meeting in Berlin.  Candidates from all professions and disciplines, but especially individuals in the humanities, law, social sciences, and economics, are eligible to apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly.  The Humboldt Foundation grants up to ten German Chancellor Fellowships annually for prospective leaders from the United States.


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Selection Criteria

The aim of the German Chancellor Fellowship Program is to recruit young leaders from a broad range of professional and academic backgrounds as future mediators between Germany and their respective home countries.  In this context, the applicant's academic and professional development are the central aspects of the assessment.


Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of the USA, the Russian Federation, or the People’s Republic of China;

  • Hold a Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree, completed less than 12 years prior to the start date of the fellowship;

  • Provide a confirmation of support and a detailed statement by the host/mentor in Germany.  Details of the planned project must be discussed with the prospective host/mentor prior to application;

  • Provide expert references (at least three and no more than five) from individuals qualified to comment on the applicant’s professional, personal, and (if applicable) academic eligibility;

  • Not have spent an extended period outside his or her home country prior to application.  Applications by candidates who have spent more than six months away from their own countries at the time of or shortly before applying may be rejected on formal grounds.  If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact the Selection Department of the Humboldt Foundation before submitting your application.


Fellows receive a monthly grant, which amounts to EUR 2,000, EUR 2,300, or EUR 2,600 (in exceptional cases up to EUR 3,500).  Depending on the funds available, the size of the monthly fellowship reflects, in particular, the fellow’s academic and professional qualification and status as well as professional experience.  Decisions on the amount are made by the Humboldt Foundation.


The Fellowship is granted for a period of 12 months.

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Humboldt Foundation Scholarship