14 Professional Fellowships in Germany

Apr 03, 2018

These fellowships, which span all disciplines and levels of experience, provide opportunities in Germany for both US and non-US citizens. Immersed in German culture, you would get to enjoy famous Christmas markets, the beautiful scenery of the European countryside, and German cuisine (think pretzels and schnitzel!) as you carry out your research project or program. If one of these fellowships catches your interest, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Einstein Fellowship

The Einstein Forum and the Daimler & Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The fellowship includes living accommodations for 5-6 months in the garden cottage of Einstein’s summer house in Caputh, Brandenburg, a stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. At the end of the program, the fellow must present their project in public lectures at the Einstein Forum and the Daimler & Benz Foundation.

Smart Connection Challenge

The Smart Connection Challenge invites young people from around the world to create compelling new ways of fostering meaningful connections through music and engagement with lifestyle products. Participants will get the opportunity to create music and lifestyle experiences that address the needs and aspirations of millennial. During the 4-week program in Berlin, participants will be guided through a process of finding new nodes of connection that resonate with young people. Selected participants will receive a full scholarship covering tuition, travel, local accommodation and public transport for the program duration.

German Chancellor Fellowship

The German Chancellor Fellowship allows prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the U.S. to carry out a project of their own design in cooperation with a host in Germany for one year. Applicants must have received their BA within the past 12 years at the time of the application. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite and intensive language study is included. Candidates from all professions and disciplines, but especially individuals in the humanities, law, social sciences and economics, are eligible to apply. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of 2,150-2,750 EUR. Deadline: September 15, 2018!

McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

The fellowships allow American and German experts from journalism, the public sector, think tanks, nonprofits, law, and cultural organizations to research and assess the most pressing topics on the transatlantic agenda while engaging with their counterparts’ overseas. Proposals must address one of the following global trends: climate change and sustainability, demographics and social change, technological breakthroughs, and urbanization. The fellowships allow Americans to travel to Germany and Germans to travel to the United States for at least 3 weeks to conduct research. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend, which covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for a minimum of 21 days. Candidates are 45 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline and have a minimum of 5 years of relevant, full-time work experience.

International Climate Protection Fellowship

The fellowship allows young climate experts from developing countries to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection and climate-related resource conservation. Fellows are free to choose their own hosts. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country and are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change. Intensive German language study provided, as well as travel and stipend of 2,150 – 2,750 EUR per month.

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP)

The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program providing U.S. & Canadian students with internships at a German state parliament (Landtag). Internships afford students excellent opportunity to gain government work experience, improve their advanced German language skills, & learn about German culture firsthand. This opportunity is ideal for those planning on pursuing careers at a regional level of government in the U.S. or Canada, or who have an interest in a specific policy issue (ex. environment, education, or healthcare). EMGIP runs three times a year—fall, spring, & early summer

Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship

Outstanding scientists from outside TUM, who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group are eligible for a TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship. The TUM-IAS awards up to 5 Hans Fischer Senior Fellowships each year. The Fellowships last 3 years, of which Fellows are expected to stay at TUM in Munich, Germany for 9 months. Fellows receive an award of 60,000 EUR plus 50,000 EUR for travel, housing and research. Additional funding of up to 50,000 EUR is available on an as-needed basis. In addition, Fellows receive support for one doctoral candidate at TUM for 3 years.

Bayer Foundation Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program consists of five scholarship programs that offer tailored financial support. Scholarships are granted to students and young professionals (up to two years after graduation) from Germany wishing to realize a study or research project abroad or to foreign students/young professionals who would like to pursue a project in Germany. Scholarships are available in Life Sciences, Medicine, Agro Sciences, Biology and Chemistry Education, Healthcare, Technology, and Business. 

American Academy in Berlin Prize

The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 24 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of 6-8 weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district. Fellowships are restricted to individuals based permanently in the U.S.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

A full-year, reciprocal work-study fellowship providing 75 Americans, age 18-24, with an understanding of everyday life, education, & professional training in Germany. Includes RT transatlantic flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, & program-related travel costs in Germany: 2 months language training in Germany, 4 months of study at a German university, and a 5-month internship in a German-speaking work environment. Also Accommodation in a German home/student residence, seminars, in-country support during program & health & accident insurance.

Global Challenges Fellowship Program (GCFP)

The aim of the Global Challenges Fellowship Program is to invite researchers and practitioners to Budapest, Hungary and Berlin, Germany to foster new forms of collaboration across international borders. This serves the purpose of forging closer ties between Western and non-Western researchers and policy makers, and attempts to solve some of the world’s most pressing public policy challenges. Fellowships of 7-8 months support work on projects in development and governance, internet governance and changing global institutions. Residents of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, and Turkey are invited to apply.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Gain an in-depth understanding of issues facing the EU & Germany in this 9-12 month professional development program. Includes 2 high-level work phases in major German institutions (gov’t., print & broadcast media, private & public sectors, law firms, & NGOs), travel, seminars and networking events across Europe. EUR 3,000 monthly stipend & compensation package (health, accident, liability insurance & coverage of transatlantic & program-related travel costs; additional funding available for families). Intensive German language training provided as needed. No language skills required at application. Must be age 40 or younger.

DAAD Visiting Professorships

For North American guest lecturers to be hosted at German universities. This program serves to strengthen the internationalization of the educational experience for scholars, host institutions, and students by welcoming educators from North America to university campuses in Germany for guest lectureships. International degree programs at German universities and traditional curricula seeking to infuse an international aspect provide opportunities for professors in all fields to contribute their expertise in particular subjects and teaching methods. Courses need not be taught in German.

German-Israeli Journalists’ Fellowship

The German-Israeli Journalists’ Fellowship is a travel and work fellowship for young journalists from Israel to spend a 2-month period in Germany. At the same time, the fellowship is being offered to journalists in Germany, who can apply to spend a 2-month period in Israel. The fellowship is intended to enable young journalists to familiarize themselves with political issues in Germany (or Israel) at an early stage of their career and raise awareness in aspects of German-Israeli relations in the future. The fellowship carries a single payment of 4,000 Euro per person to cover expenses throughout the project.

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