The German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow’s leaders- Application deadline: 15 October 2021


NEW: now also open to applicants from South Africa; more flexible timing; new event concept

Application deadline: 15 October 2021
Recommended period of sponsorship: 1 October 2022 – 30 September 2023

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 60 German Chancellor Fellowships every year to prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and the USA – irrespective of their field of work. Together with a German host and mentor of their choice, fellows conduct a socially-relevant project they have developed independently.

Fellowship benefits

  • A monthly fellowship of €2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications
  • Flexible timing: 12-month fellowship between 1 August 2022 – 31 March 2024
  • Individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
  • Additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
  • A study tour of Germany, an opportunity to meet the German chancellor at the end of your stay and a number of networking events
  • Joint programme events and the chance to actively cooperate in peer groups and organise smaller-scale networking formats
  • Extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Application requirements

  • The applicant must be a national of Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa or the United States.
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years before the beginning of the fellowship
  • A mentoring agreement from the host in Germany
  • A project plan which candidates must draw up independently and coordinate with their host.
  • Initial proven leadership experience


Further information, a list of all application requirements and a link to the online application form are available at

Advice and contact

If you have any questions regarding the German Chancellor Fellowship Programme or would like individual guidance, please contact us at
You can find examples of projects conducted at

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme.

Link: German Chancellor Fellowship – Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (