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Apply for the Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

Brief Description

We sponsor scientists and scholars, irrespective of academic discipline and nationality. We strengthen Germany as a research location through international research exchanges. We support our sponsorship recipients during their entire lifetimes and actively promote international understanding, scientific progress and development.


This fellowship for prospective leaders brings you to Germany for one year to implement a project idea you have developed yourself. We will help you network with international future leaders here to find new answers to the global issues of our time. We offer you:

  • A monthly fellowship grant of 2,170 euros, 2,470 euros or 2,770 euros – depending on your training and career level.

  • An intensive language course before you begin your fellowship and funding for German courses during your fellowship,

  • Individual support during your stay in Germany.

  • Additional financial support, e.g. for accompanying family members, for travel expenses, for full private health insurance or for an additional German language course.

  • Joint events where you experience professional and personal intercultural exchange with other fellows from your year group and gain insights into German culture and society,

  • Networking activities that enable you to collaborate in peer groups and independently organise smaller network formats with other fellows,

  • A two-week study tour through Germany as well as a number of events where you can connect with other fellows and meet representatives of German businesses and institutions.

  • Extensive alumni sponsorship, in particular, to support long-term connections with your cooperation partners in Germany over the duration of your entire professional career.

Your host institution will receive a monthly allowance for research costs of 500 euros.


The German Chancellor Fellowship sponsors future decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders – regardless of industry. We invite you to apply if you

  • hold Brazilian, Chinese, Indian, Russian, South African or American citizenship

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

  • will have completed your first academic degree (Bachelor or comparable degree) no more than twelve years ago. The key date for calculating this twelve-year period is 1st October of the year in which the selection is made.

  • want to conduct an independently developed project with a host of your choice in Germany.

  • have good knowledge of English and/or German.


October 15th, 2021

For more information, click here.


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