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Carl Duisberg Fellowship for Future German Transatlanticists

In recent years, surveys have shown that the generation of Germans born after the fall of the Berlin Wall has less interest in the United States than the post-WWII generations. For many younger people, the United States is no longer a strong and reliable partner of Germany. Through the Carl Duisberg Fellowship for Future German Transatlanticists, the ACG aims to strengthen the transatlantic partnership with German millennials and generation Z.

This Fellowship will offer young German professionals the opportunity to spend two months working at the ACG in New York City while learning about the importance of the transatlantic relationship to help ensure the relationship endures for future generations.

The fellows will work with ACG staff to contribute to the organization’s regular program activities while researching topics related to the German-American partnership. During their stay in New York City, fellows should address one of the following topics: globalization, social justice, foreign and security policy, agricultural, environmental, and urban policy, and digitalization.

Fellows must produce publishable materials such as a research paper, a website, a video, etc., which must be coordinated and approved by the ACG in advance. Fellows may be asked to present their findings at an ACG event in New York, Washington, DC, or as a webinar.

During the program, fellows will be expected to use social media to convey positive stories about the German-American relationship to friends, family, and professional networks back at home in Germany. Upon returning to Germany, the fellows must commit to writing an op-ed submission and hosting a webinar on their research. The objective is to engage new communities in transatlantic dialogue and enhance their understanding of the relationship’s continued value.

Fellows will receive a $7,000 stipend, which covers two months abroad. In addition, the ACG will cover the cost of transatlantic airfare (economy class) and limited domestic travel.  The fellowship is expected to begin in July (the start date will be flexible according to the candidate’s schedule and availability).

Application Deadline is March 31, 2023

Funding for this fellowship is provided by the Carl Duisberg Stiftung für internationale Bildung und Zusammenarbeit.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining personal and professional objectives for the fellowship;
  • A one- to two-page proposal addressing one of the critical themes of the ACG;
  • A current resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one academic and one professional).

Candidates for the Carl Duisberg Fellowship must:

  • Be a German citizen residing in Germany;
  • Be 23 – 30 years old at the time of application;
  • Have a minimum of two years of relevant, full-time work experience;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
  • Possess a track record of outstanding academic and professional performance;
  • Have demonstrated a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.