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Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation - German Chancellor Fellowship

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program targets university graduates from the United States, South Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. It addresses prospective decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture. The fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, and to explore new solutions to the global issues of our times.

During their stay in Germany, the German Chancellor Fellows usually pursue research-based, self-developed projects in the areas mentioned above at host institutions. They are supervised by hosts in Germany who they select themselves and who have the necessary level of expertise to mentor the respective research topics. The projects should not only be of social significance, but should also have a long-term, publicly-visible impact. They should also be conducive to advancing fellows’ career development. During their stay in Germany, fellows will be able to expand their specialist knowledge and gain new international experience whilst enhancing their intercultural skills and thus enabling them to develop into successful leaders.


  • the applicant must be a national of the United States, South Africa, The People’s Republic of China, Brazil or India

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years before the beginning of the fellowship (1 October of the year following application)

  • the applicant must work in a field such as politics, business, media, administration, society or culture and have demonstrable initial leadership experience

  • German or English language skills

Selection Criteria

previous career and leadership potential

significance of fellowship for further career development

• potential to build bridges between home country and Germany

• international outlook and future role as an international leader

• existing knowledge to help complete the project successfully

• relevance of the project for the dialogue of modern societies 

Application Procedure

See website for complete program description and application information.