Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

Supports a year of research in Germany, in any field

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards up to ten German Chancellor Fellowships annually to young, prospective leaders from the USA, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China with funds made available by the German Federal Foreign Office. The fellows must have shown outstanding potential for future leadership in their previous careers. The program is established under the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and addresses applicants from all professions and fields of study giving preference to the humanities, law, social and economic sciences.

The aim of the programme is to give young leaders from the countries mentioned above the opportunity to spend an extended period of time in Germany at an early stage in their careers. After returning to their careers in their home countries, they have the potential to become – because of their intensive experiences in Germany – intermediaries between their home countries and Germany as they assume important positions in the fields of economy, science, politics and society.

Applicants design individual projects tailored to their professional development and goals. Before submitting an application, they must establish contact with a prospective host (mentor), who agrees to supervise them professionally and/or academically during the stay in Germany.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

1. Citizenship of the USA, Brazil, China, India, or Russia

2. Bachelor or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the start date of the fellowship (September 1st of the year following the application).

3. A statement and a confirmation of support by the host/mentor in Germany, confirming that he or she is prepared to provide the fellow with support during his or her stay in Germany; details of the planned project must be discussed with the prospective host/mentor prior to application.

4. Expert references (at least three, no more than five) from individuals qualified to comment on the applicant's professional, personal, and academic eligibility.

Potential applicants who have spent more than six months outside their home country at the time of or shortly before application should check with the Humboldt Foundation ( whether formal requirements have been met before submitting an application.

Students interested in research, study or travel in Germany should consult with the Department of Germanic Studies (

Application Process

Application should be completed online. The application deadline is September 15 every year.

The completed application form, including the necessary additional documents, should be submitted online by the application deadline. Visit the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website ( for further information on the online application process and all necessary documents as well as access to the online application system. A confirmation of receipt will be issued immediately after the application has been submitted.