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Bosch Foundation Fellowship

Provides support to young American professionals in selected fields to work and study in Germany.


As the countries of the world become more interdependent, the Robert Bosch Foundation recognizes the importance of familiarizing American professionals with the political, economic, and cultural environment of Europe and of the Federal Republic of Germany.  To further this goal, and to strengthen the ties of friendship and understanding between the United States and Germany, the program provides young American professionals (ages 23-34) with two high-level work placements in the federal government and private sector in Germany.  Three seminars taking place throughout Europe provide an in-depth understanding of issues facing Germany and the European Union today.  Candidates are competitively chosen from the fields of business administration, economics, journalism, law, political science, and public policy.  Although a prime goal of this program is the advancement of transatlantic relations, it also contributes to the participants' professional competence and expertise, and broadens their cultural horizons.   SEE ALSO:  Humboldt Foundation Scholarship , DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship , DAAD Study Scholarship

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  • Evidence of outstanding professional performance and academic achievement;

  • Active participation in community and/or public affairs;

  • The ability to communicate well in German or the willingness and commitment to learn German.  For candidates who are outstanding in other respects but lack sufficient knowledge of German, the Robert Bosch Stiftung will fund required language training in the U.S. and Germany prior to the start of the program.


The following qualifications are required of all applicants:

  • U.S. citizen between the age of 23 and 34 at the time of application;

  • A graduate degree and professional experience in business administration, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a closely related field.  Candidates lacking a graduate degree are nevertheless encouraged to apply, provided they possess extensive professional experience in one of the fields mentioned.


Program Benefits

  • One or two high-level work phases at leading institutions in Germany
  • Traveling seminar series covering issues of German, European and transatlantic concern
  • Up to five months of German language training
  • Monthly stipend of EUR 3.000 (tax-free in Germany) starting in September; monthly summer stipend of EUR 1.000 + free accommodations during July and August
  • Accommodation and travel (from U.S. points only) to Washington, D.C. orientation program
  • Financial support for accompanying spouse & children
  • Flights to and from Germany
  • Membership in the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association (RBFAA)


The duration of the program in Germany is from September to May.

For more information:

Bosch Foundation Fellowship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)