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The German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow’s leaders

News from Mar 27, 2018

Application deadline: 15 September 2018

Period of sponsorship: 1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships every year to prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA – irrespective of their field of work. Recipients use the fellowship to conduct together with their German host and mentor a socially-relevant project that they have developed themselves.

Fellowship benefits

    • A monthly fellowship of €2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications
    • Individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
    • Additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
    • A study tour of Germany, an opportunity to meet the German chancellor at the end of your stay and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions
    • Extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Application requirements

    • The applicant must be a national of Brazil, China, India, Russia or the United States.
    • Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years before the beginning of the fellowship
    • A confirmation of supervision by the host in Germany
    • A project plan which candidates must draw up on their own and coordinate with their host.
    • Initial proven leadership experience


Further information, a list of all application requirements and a link to the online application form are available at www.humboldt-foundation.de/youngleaders.

Advice and contact

If you have any questions regarding the German Chancellor Fellowship Programme or would like individual guidance, please contact us at info@avh.de.
You can find examples of projects conducted at https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/buka-testimonials-en.html.

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Jean-Paul-Straße 12
53173 Bonn