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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of an ACG fellowship?
The ACG’s fellowship programs allow professionals and academics in the relatively early stages of their career to complete in-depth research while meeting with their transatlantic counterparts. The programs are designed to broaden fellows’ professional experiences and world-views and to enable them to establish working relationships overseas. Most fellows use this opportunity as a stepping stone to advance their career.

What are the responsibilities of a fellow?
Before traveling, McCloy and Kellen Fellows are expected to produce a detailed, day-by-day itinerary outlining with whom they will meet and when. The ACG encourages fellows to have at least two to three appointments per day. While abroad, the fellows must explore the subjects proposed in their application unless a new topic has been approved by the ACG. Upon returning from overseas, fellows must submit a 4,000-word analytical report based on the results of the research they conducted. If fellows produce any additional materials – including but not limited to news articles, blogs, podcasts, etc. – they should be shared with the ACG.

Hunt and Goldman Fellows must identify where they will complete their historical research and submit a week-by-week itinerary. If archival work is not required, fellows are required to submit a detailed day-by-day itinerary. Hunt and Goldman Fellows must also submit a 4,000-word analytical report based on their research.

DZ BANK and Duisberg Fellows must submit a monthly itinerary explaining what they hope to complete during the duration of their fellowship. Included in the itinerary must be deadlines for monthly written reports. At the end of the program, DZ BANK and Duisberg Fellows must also submit a 4,000-word analytical report based on their research.

What do fellows receive?
The McCloy and Kellen Fellowships provide a $5,000 stipend to cover the cost of transatlantic airfare and room and board for a minimum of 21 days. The Hunt and Goldman Fellowships provide a $7,500 stipend to allow for a minimum of 28 days of travel. Duisberg Fellows receive $6,000 for two months. DZ BANK Fellows receive between $5,000 and $7,500 per month depending on their level of expertise.

The initial stipend payment will have $1,000 withheld pending submission of a final report.

What are the qualifications to apply?
The McCloy, Hunt, Goldman, and DZ BANK fellows must be either a U.S. citizen living in the United States or a German citizen living in Germany. Fellows must have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and must be in the relatively early stages of their career. The Hunt and Goldman fellowships require that you are in the final stages of pursuing or recently completed a Ph.D.

Kellen and Duisberg fellows must be a German citizen living in Germany.

What documents do I need to apply for the fellowship?
To apply for a fellowship, candidates must submit an application form, a cover letter, a three- to five-page project proposal, a current resume, and two letters of recommendation. Additional information may be needed depending on the fellowship.

How should I submit my application?
Applications should be submitted here.

Applications sent via email should be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the day of the deadline. It is not necessary to mail any portion of your application.

Do my letters of recommendation need to be sent with my application?
No, letters of recommendation may be sent separately. The same deadline applies for letters of recommendation.

Am I expected to contact possible meeting partners and have a full itinerary planned before I submit an application?
No, but you should have a basic idea of your meeting partners and include this information in your application. Contacting meeting partners before being awarded a fellowship is neither required nor suggested.

I am receiving funding from another source. Am I eligible to receive a fellowship?
No, you are not eligible to receive a fellowship if you are receiving funding from another source. The ACG is intended to be the sole funder of any fellow’s research.

How long after I submit an application will I know if I have received the fellowship?
The selection process varies depending on the fellowship. On average, it takes two months for a decision to be made. All applicants will receive emailed letters of notification.

As an American, am I allowed to travel to other parts of Europe?
With prior approval from the ACG, Americans may travel to other parts of Europe if this is necessary for their research. However, Germany must be the primary research focus.

If I was awarded a fellowship by the ACG in the past, can I apply for a second fellowship?
No, fellowship alumni are not eligible for a second fellowship.

Additional questions can be submitted to fellowships@acgusa.org.