The Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture was established in 2003 to support the next generation of American academics whose research contributes to the scholarly discourse on contemporary German society and the political, cultural, and social history of Germany. Hunt Fellows undertake archival research, conduct interviews, and meet with their transatlantic counterparts to gain a better understanding of German society.
Applicants should present a project proposal of three to five pages detailing their plans, including the background, scope of the research, the general sources and institutions with whom they would like to consult, and the relevance for the transatlantic relationship. A research itinerary for the fellowship duration will be further developed with the Program Director.
Fellows receive a $7,000 stipend, which covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for a minimum of 21 days. Fellows must work closely with the ACG to organize a detailed itinerary before the stipend is released. Travel must take place within one calendar year of selection.
Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit an analytical report on their research findings. This report must be suitable for publication by the American Council on Germany. Fellows are also asked to share their work with a broader audience through presentations and discussions at ACG Warburg Chapters and/or their local communities, as well as on social media.
Fellowships are meant to give individuals new life experiences and to help move their careers forward. While there is no age limit, the Hunt Fellowship is intended for those in the early stages of their careers.
Applications are reviewed by a selection committee organized by the American Council on Germany. Applications are evaluated based on: the contribution the project will make to a better understanding of contemporary Germany in a historical context; the feasibility of the proposed project; the training of the applicant; and the scholarly potential of the applicant.
Applications are accepted twice a year.
In 2023, the application due dates are April 1 and October 2.
- A cover letter outlining your personal and professional objectives for the fellowship;
- A three- to five-page project proposal as described above;
- A current resume; and
- Two letters of recommendation.
Candidates for the Hunt Fellowship must:
- Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States;
- Have a minimum of five years of relevant work experience;
- Be in the final stages or have recently completed a Ph.D.; and
- Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.
The fellowships are named after ACG Vice Chairman Dr. Richard M. Hunt, who devoted much of his career as a Harvard University historian to mentoring younger scholars. Dr. Hunt also served as President of the American Council on Germany for 15 years.