German Chancellor Fellowship

German Chancellor Fellowship 2016

Last date to apply

September 15, 2016

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About German Chancellor Fellowship

  • German Chancellor Fellowship offers the fellows a yearlong stay in Germany along with other scholars to find solutions to the global problems of the present times.
  • The fellowship is awarded to those who possess International Outlook and initial leadership experience. 
  • The selected fellows are supposed to pursue research-based, self-developed projects in the areas mentioned below at the host institutions.The scholarship is for the candidates belonging to the following fields:
      • Politics
      • Public Administration
      • Business
      • Society & Culture.
  • Candidates need to make online applications for the fellowship and also need to provide a statement of motivation & project plan for completing the application process. The selection of the candidates will be done based on candidate’s qualification and potential.

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German Chancellor Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  Global
Class/ Age  Graduates
  • Nationality: The applicant must be a citizen of India, USA, China, Russia or Brazil.
  • Academic Qualification: The applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the allied field earned not more than 12 years prior from the beginning of fellowship.
  • Language Requirements: The applicant must possess German or English Language skills.

Not Eligible for the German Chancellor Fellowship

  • Applicants who have been to Germany for more than 6 months prior to the application deadline.
  • Those applicants who have already been sponsored by Humboldt Foundation.

German Chancellor Fellowship Reward

German Chancellor Fellowship Reward

The Applicants if selected will get the following benefits:

  • Fellowship Grant: The amount of fellowship grant is 2,150/2,450/2,750 EUR per month, depending on the qualification of the applicant.
  • Research Allowance: 500 EUR per month will be given as Research Cost to the hosts in Germany.
  • Travel Allowance: Lump Sum cost of travel to and fro from Germany will be paid if the same is not borne by a third party.
  • Europe Allowance: If required, the expenses of one or two month’s stay at an institute in Europe will be paid only if this kind of stay is necessary for the conduct of the project in question.
  • Allowance for Family Members: Family member allowance will be paid for the family member accompanying the Fellow for a minimum 3 months.
  • Insurance: The fellowship offers a contribution to health and liability insurance as well as mobility allowance.
  • Language Course: The fellowship includes an obligatory German Language Course of 2 months.
  • Study Tour: A 2 weeks Study Tour of Germany during spring.

German Chancellor Fellowship Application form and Process

German Chancellor Fellowship Application Submission process

The Candidates willing to make an application for the Fellowship need to make online applications on the Official website of Humboldt Foundation. Initially they will need to register on the website to complete the application process. 

  • Initial Registration: Applicants need to provide their name, email id, nationality and password to complete the initial registration.
  • Required Documents: To complete the applications, candidates need to provide the following documents. .
    1. Curriculum Vitae (CV): Curriculum vitae is a mandatory document required to complete the application and it need to be uploaded while making the online application.
    2. Language Certificate: A language proficiency certificate for either English or German will be required.
    3. Academic Certificates: Academic certificates along with the certified translation of the first academic degree.
    4. Transcript: A transcript of grades obtained in the degree need to be provided.
    5. Reference letter: The Applicant must submit 2 letter of references along with the application qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal and/or academic background
    6. Host’s Statement: The Host’s statement including confirmation of support must be sent to the Foundation directly from the Proposed Host.
  • Filling the Application form: Candidates need to fill in details of their academic qualifications and other required information. Candidates need to pay special attention to the following points:
    • Statement of Motivation: Candidates need to write a description on the question Approx 2 pages- Mention what particular qualifications as a leader recommend you for the fellowship.
    • Project Plan: Candidates needs to provide the details of their project plan Approx 3 pages.

Submission of the Application form

  • Curriculum Vitae is a mandatory document that needs to be uploaded with the application form.
  • Online Submission: If the candidate uploads all the required documents online then he/she need not send any hard copy of the application form or documents.
  • Submission by Fax/E-mail/post: If documents are not uploaded online then the candidate can send the documents to the foundation by email, post or fax (details given below) to complete the application process.

German Chancellor Fellowship Selection Process

German Chancellor Fellowship Selection Process

The selection process consists of 2 steps

First Step: In the first step the most promising candidates will be selected from the applications received and will be invited for a selection meeting at Bonn.

The second Step involves a group discussion on a topic of general interest. The Selection criteria are as follows:

  • Leadership Potential and the previous career.
  • The relevance of the project for the dialogue of modern society.
  • Existing knowledge to help complete the project successfully.
  • Potential to build bridges between home country and Germany.
  • The significance of fellowship for further career development.
  • International outlook and future role as international leaders.

Schedule of the programme



Intensive German language course in Bonn: fellows with no knowledge or only a basic knowledge of German come to Germany before the official start of the fellowship to attend an intensive language course. This course is mandatory and lasts from one to two months depending on existing language skills.

August to September

Four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin


Eleven-month period spent working on an individual project at a host institution in Germany

November to September of the following year

Two-day Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Annual Meeting in Berlin

June of the following year

Three-day final meeting in Berlin with visits to the German Chancellery and the Federal Foreign Office

summer of the following year


German Chancellor Fellowship Address

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Selection Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn, Germany

German Chancellor Fellowship Contact Details

Fax: +49-228-833212

Email: info@avh.de

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

An Organization which promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

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