Background: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship allows you to conduct an independent project at a host institution, in cooperation with a host in Germany you have selected for one year. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in the your respective field of interest. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance your career and professional development. Through your experience in Germany, you will acquire greater knowledge of your fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen your intercultural competence - all essential qualities for future professional leaders.
For fellows with few or no German language skills, the stay in Germany begins with a mandatory three-month intensive language course from June to the end of August. There also is an option to extend the language course to four months (beginning in May). The fellowship itself is awarded for twelve months and begins in September with a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin, which provides insights into social, political, business and cultural life in Germany. This is followed by eleven months of individual project work starting in October. During the spring, fellows participate in a two-week study tour of Germany. Fellowship extensions of up to three months are possible.
The Scholarships: Up to ten fellowships each for the United States, Russian Federation, and People's Republic of China. The fellowship amount is 2,150 EUR, 2.450 EUR or 2,750 EUR per month, depending on the fellow's qualifications. This stipend includes a travel allowance and a contribution towards health and liability insurance.
The Application: A project plan (approx. 5 pages) detailing the project's subject matter, goals and a time plan; the candidate must draw up the project plan independently and secure the support of the proposed mentor before submitting an application; a detailed host's statement, including a confirmation of support; two or three expert opinions from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate's professional, personal, and/or academic background.
Who Should Apply: Individuals with demonstrated leadership potential; applicants whose background is largely academic should also have gained some leadership experience beyond their own research activities.
Campus Procedure: Applicants should speak with Scott Denham, Chair of the Graduate Fellowships Committee, well before September of senior year.
Recommendations: Two or three, plus the institutional endorsement letter.
Application Deadline: Campus deadline Oct 1.
Interviews: Yes, in home country.
For more information: Contact Dr. Scott Denham. Also visit the website: http://www.americanfriends-of-avh.org.
Previous Fellows: 1991 Sean Murphy