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McCloy Fellowships

In a rapidly changing, complex, and interconnected world, it is becoming increasingly important to analyze tomorrow’s challenges today. Through the ACG Fellowships on Global Trends, the Council is tackling overarching issues that affect communities around the world – but especially in Germany and the United States – in areas such as equity and social justice, urbanization, climate change and sustainability, digitalization, public health as well as financial concerns such as inflation, trade, and global supply chains.

The fellowships allow American and German experts from journalism, the public sector, think tanks, nonprofits, law, and cultural organizations to research and assess the most pressing topics on the transatlantic agenda while engaging with their counterparts overseas. The fellowships are designed to understand better key policy issues shaping the German-American partnership while promoting better understanding between countries.

Applicants should present a project proposal of three to five pages detailing their plans, including the background, scope of the research, and how it addresses a global trend, the general sources and institutions they would like to consult, and the relevance for the transatlantic relationship. Proposals must address one of the following global trends: equity and social justice, urbanization, climate change and sustainability, digitalization, public health, as well as financial concerns such as inflation, trade, and global supply chains.

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 Program Director to organize a detailed day-by-day itinerary before the stipend is released. Unless approved by the ACG, travel must take place within one calendar year of selection.

Upon completing their international travel, fellows are required to submit an analytical report on their findings. This report must be suitable for publication by the American Council on Germany. Fellows will be asked to present their research to the broader ACG audience, either in-person or as a webinar.

Applications are due on Friday, May 20, 2022

Applicants must submit the following:

  • 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;
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Candidates for the McCloy Fellowships on Global Trends must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States or a German citizen residing in Germany;
  • Be 40 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline;
  • Have a minimum of five years of relevant, full-time work experience;
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
  • Demonstrate a track record of outstanding professional performance;
  • Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.

The McCloy Fellowships are named after John J. McCloy, the founding Chairman of the ACG and the first civilian U.S. High Commissioner for Germany. He strongly believed that younger Americans and Germans benefit greatly from meeting their counterparts and peers. For more than 40 years, the ACG has provided nearly 1,000 McCloy Fellowships to outstanding individuals.