• College Student Scholarship for Summer Study of German ($300.00)

    The Maryland / DC Metro Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German is committed to promoting the study of the German language and culture. The chapter has created this scholarship to assist college students from the chapter in the pursuit of additional study and/or immersion in German during the summer.

    Read more about the AATG scholarship

  • German Chancellor Fellowship Program: Calling Prospective Leaders and Young Professionals

    A German Chancellor Fellowship allows you to carry out a project of your own design in cooperation with a host in Germany you have selected for one year for professional development, study, or research. The aim of the program is to give young leaders the opportunity to spend an extended period of time in Germany at an early stage in their careers. After returning to their careers in their home countries, they have the potential to become - because of their intensive experiences in Germany - intermediaries between their home countries and Germany as they assume important positions in the fields of business, science, politics and society. With the support of the German Federal Foreign Officer, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards 10 German Chancellor Fellowships to young professionals from the United States. The program, which also includes a fellowship program for citizens from the from the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation.

    Additional program information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's website . The German Chancellor Fellowship Program requires that the applicant has received their BA within the past 12 years at the time of the application. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. Candidates from all professions and disciplines, but especially individuals in the humanities, law, social sciences and economics, are eligible to apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly. It is considered a prestigious fellowship, and the alumni of the program typically have gone on to very successful careers (view alumni by subject ). Information about the current fellows in Germany and a basic program overview can be explored in the 2011/2012 AvH German Chancellor Fellowship brochure.

    Application deadline for U.S. applicants: October 15 (annually)

    Applications and FAQs

    Email: info@avh.de or info@americanfriends-of-avh.de 

  • Fulbright

    The Fulbright Program implements Senator J. William Fulbright's visionary concept: The promotion of mutual understanding between our two countries through academic and bicultural exchange.

    The Fulbright Program has international outreach, providing exchanges between the United States and over 180 countries and territories worldwide. More than fifty permanent commissions support the work of the Fulbright Program on the binational level, among them the German-American Commission. Annually more than 4,500 scholars, American and foreign, participate in the Fulbright exchange. Since the inception of the Fulbright Program in 1946, it has sponsored over a quarter of a million scholars.

    Read about the Fullbright Program

  • DAAD

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Each year DAAD, its Regional Branch Offices, its Information Centers, and DAAD Professors around the globe provide information and financial support to over 67,000 highly-qualified students and faculty for international research and study. Located in New York, San Francisco, and Toronto, DAAD North America is here to advise students, faculty and current DAAD fellows in the US and Canada.

    Read about the DAAD program

  • German Bundestag: International Parliamentary Scholarships

    The German Bundestag collaborates with the Humboldt University in Berlin to run its International Parliamentary Scholarships (IPS) scheme.

    This gives well qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government.

    The scheme involves fifteen-week placements with Members of the German Bundestag. The participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. For example, they may find themselves drafting speeches, articles and letters or doing preparatory work for plenary sittings.

    The exchange programmes of the German Bundestag are conceived of as exciting ways of teaching young people about the significance of friendly cooperation based on shared political and cultural values.

    Would you like to work at the German Parliament?

    The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin, to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin. The IPS program is aimed at highly qualified young men and women who are interested in politics and who wish to play an active and responsible role in shaping the democratic future of their country. The German Bundestag, the German Parliament, offers young people the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical experience of parliamentary work during a 15-week work placement with a Member of the Bundestag. The scholarship-winners are chosen by the German Bundestag’s independent selection panel.


    • University degree
    • Very good knowledge of German
    • Under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship


    • 450 euros per month
    • Free accommodation
    • Insurance and travel expenses

    Read more about the International Parliamentary Scholarships

  • German-American Hall of Fame Student Scholarship Essay Contest

    The German-American Hall of Fame (GAMHOF) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative, the GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay Contest.

    With separate competitions for college and high school students, the essay contest will offer cash awards totaling $3,000 for the winning students in 2013. The two First prize winners will take home $1,000, with runners-up winning $500 each.

    The mission of GAMHOF is to highlight the contributions of outstanding Americans of German ancestry, underscoring the tremendous positive impact of America's largest immigrant group. Such notable Americans as President Eisenhower, Babe Ruth and Albert Einstein have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Founder and Chairman William Hetzler said that "GAMHOF is pleased to announce this essay competition, encouraging students to look into the lives and contributions of outstanding German-Americans, and then to write about them. We expect to see some fine research and writing that will bring alive the amazing impact of this group of 70 million Americans."

    This year's student essay contest asks each applicant to write an essay about an American of Germany ancestry that the student finds especially compelling. Then, the student will elaborate by writing about the subject's impact on the United States, or a region or institution.

    To view and access the application for the GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay Contest, visit www.gamhof.org. The deadline for all applications is December 31, 2012.

    Students who might be interested in applying and writing an essay about an outstanding German-American can access the application and other information on the website. Good luck to all the applicants.

    GAMHOF German-American Hall of Fame
    Administrative Office
    445 Park Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10022
    Phone: 212-226-1605
    Email: info@gamhof.org

  • Virtual Student Foreign Service

    Announced by Secretary Clinton at the 2009 New York University commencement speech, the Virtual Student Foreign Service is part of a growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic engagement. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, eInterns (American students working virtually) are partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts overseas and State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) domestic offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world. Thisintroductory video provides an overview of the VSFS program.

    Program Details

    VSFS eIntern duties and responsibilities will vary according to the location and needs of each diplomatic post overseas or State Department, USAID, or USDA domestic office and VSFS projects identified. VSFS projects may be research based, contributing to reports on issues such as human rights, economics or the environment. They may also be more technology oriented, such as working on web pages, or helping produce electronic journals. Selected students are expected to work virtually on an average of 5-10 hours per week on VSFS eInternship projects. Students apply in the summer and if selected, begin the eInternship that fall lasting through spring. Most work and projects are internet-based and some have language requirements. Past projects asked students to:

    • Develop and implement a public relations campaign using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, etc. to communicate and reach out to youth
    • Conduct research on the economic situation, prepare graphic representations of economic data, and prepare informational material for the U.S. Embassy website
    • Create a system to gather and analyze media coverage on a set of topics including environment, health, and trade
    • Research IT-based interventions that have been successful in higher education, particularly in teacher training
    • Write and contribute biweekly articles to the U.S. Embassy's Facebook page on topics such as internet, computer science/technology, history, and literature
    • Develop a series of professional instructional video clips to be published by the U.S. Embassy
    • Survey social media efforts of U.S. diplomatic posts, NGOs, and private companies around the world to help establish best practices in a U.S. Embassy’s social media outreach business plan.

    To Apply

    The application for the 2012-2013 VSFS eInternship program is now closed. Interested U.S. citizen undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students are encouraged to apply to the next round of VSFS eInternships to work virtually with State Department, USAID and USDA domestic offices and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas during the fall 2013 through spring 2014 academic year. As part of the application package, students must submit an official or unofficial transcript and a resume. Applicants will see all available positions and can select up to three projects to which to apply. U.S. citizen students studying abroad or attending foreign universities are welcome to apply.

    For more information on VSFS, please visit the FAQ section

    Email VSFS@state.gov if you have questions that were not addressed on the FAQ site.