German Chancellor Fellowship

  • University graduates with initial leadership experience
  • Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa, USA
  • 12-month project in Germany

The next application round is expected to begin at the end of March 2022. If you register now, we will send you an email informing you when the next application round opens.

Fellowship for prospective leaders

We are searching the leaders of tomorrow. Are you a graduate with initial leadership experience? Do you come from Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, the Russian Federation, South Africa or the USA? Would you like to implement a self-chosen project that supports your career development, is societally relevant and has a lasting public impact? Are you interested in actively participating in an international network of dedicated leaders? Then come to Germany with a German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to take the next step of your career.

The fellowship programme is under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Up to 60 German Chancellor Fellowships are awarded each year – up to ten per country.

Our sponsorship

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.