Fellowship in German-American Relations

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August 31, 2016
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Political Science

AICGS is now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD fellowships. The application deadline for Spring 2017 (January 2017 – June 2017) is August 31, 2016.

The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS for research stays of two consecutive months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant; transportation to and from Washington; and office space at the Institute.

Please note that the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington DC. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe.

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows will be expected to produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute’s targeted analysis newsletter, The AICGS Advisor. For fellows producing research output of exceptional quality and interest, AICGS will provide opportunities for public presentations to the broader Washington policy community.

Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of the Institute’s three research and programming areas:

  1. Business and Economics
  2. Foreign and Domestic Policy
  3. Society, Culture & Politics

Special consideration will be given to research projects addressing the Institute’s current issue agenda. Projects should also be compatible with and supportive of the AICGS mission, which is to strengthen the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world. The Institute produces objective and original analysis of developments and trends in Germany, Europe, and the United States; creates new transatlantic networks; and facilitates dialogue among the business, political, and academic communities to manage differences and define and promote common interests.

Qualifications and Application Procedure

  1. Applicants must be German or American citizens or applicants affiliated with DAAD Centers for German and European Studies.
  2. Applicants should have completed or currently be working on a PhD. Only in exceptional cases will fellowships be awarded to applicants with an MA, who are not PhD students.
  3. All application materials MUST be submitted in English and received by AICGS by the deadline in order to be considered for fellowships in the specified period.
  4. Individuals who have received a grant or other support from the DAAD within three years of the starting date of the fellowship are not eligible to apply [this does not apply for applicants affiliated with DAAD Centers for German and European Studies].
Application Procedure

There is no formal application form. To apply for the DAAD/AICGS fellowship program, please submit the following materials (combined in one PDF file):

  • A brief cover letter (please indicate your citizenship in the cover letter and how you have heard about the fellowship)
  • A curriculum vitae, with a list of publications (if relevant)
  • A project proposal (5-7 pages, double-spaced) outlining in clear, concise terms the substantive thrust of the research and its relevance to the AICGS mission, and the reasons for carrying it out at AICGS and in Washington, DC
  • Two recent letters of reference (for Ph.D. students and recent PhDs (received in the last five years) only).
  • Successful applicants must be proficient in the English language. We recommend that non- U.S. applicants submit the results of a recognized English language proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) with their application.

AICGS will conduct interviews (in person or via video-conference) with select applicants.

Application Deadlines
  • For the Spring Session (January-June): August 31
  • For the Fall Session (July-December): February 28

Please note that fellows must be in residence at AICGS during the period they have applied for. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be granted.

Visa Requirements

If selected as DAAD/AICGS fellows, German nationals must be eligible for and obtain a J-1 visa from a U.S. consulate or embassy in Germany. Applicants should be aware that, due to U.S. immigration regulations, J-1 visas may be subject to the 2-year rule, which prohibits individuals from returning to the United States on certain types of visa for a period of two years upon completion of their fellowship at AICGS. (Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Germany for further information on the 2-year stipulation.) AICGS will provide detailed information about the visa process once a fellow has been selected.

Please send your application via e-mail to:

Susanne Dieper, Director of Administration and Grants Management

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Susanne Dieper

Director of Administration and Grants Management

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