The Fellowship

Fostering a community of transatlantic leaders

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers a cohort of young American professionals intercultural and professional experience in Germany. The program is comprised of three main components: German language training, practical assignments, and seminars.

Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. Prior to their professional assignments and seminars, Bosch Fellows participate in up to 5 months of language training with both private tutors in the United States and group classes in Germany.

Fellows are from the fields of public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism and communications, law, and arts management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra).

The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany, with the goal of fostering a community of American leaders who have firsthand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union.

Cultural Vistas acts as the U.S. representative of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program and has administered the program since its inception in 1984.

Program Benefits

  • One or two high-level practical phases (“stages“) at leading institutions in Germany
  • Traveling seminar series covering issues of German, European and transatlantic concern
  • Up to five months of German language training
  • Monthly stipend within the range of €3,200 to €3,700 starting in October; monthly summer stipend of €1,500 + free accommodations during July, August and September; exact amount of stipend dependent upon number of accompanying dependents
  • Budget for travel to orientation in Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, VA
  • Transatlantic travel stipend of $1,500
  • Lifelong membership in the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association (RBFAA)

Candidates for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • 40 years of age or younger at the application deadline
  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time, professional experience in target field
  • Dedication to learning German
  • Evidence of outstanding professional performance and academic achievement
  • Active participation in community and/or public affairs
  • Sincere interest in transatlantic relations and commitment to to furthering German-American ties

Application Deadline
November 1

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