McCloy Fellowships In Urban Affairs

The McCloy Fellowships in Urban Affairs allow local government officials to meet with their transatlantic counterparts in order to gain a better understanding of issues faced by cities and policy solutions.

McCloy Fellows in Urban Affairs receive an up-close look at city management and government administration across the Atlantic. Fellows spend three weeks traveling as a group meeting with city officials, nongovernmental organizations, and think tanks to discuss best practices.

While being hosted by fellowship alumni in early spring, German fellows tour U.S. cities, take part in City Council meetings, and attend a National League of Cities convention in Washington, D.C. American fellows meet with local officials, European Union agencies, and members of the Deutscher Städtetag during the fall.

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee organized by the American Council on Germany, the Deutscher Stӓdtetag, and the National League of Cities.  The ACG covers the costs of preapproved international and inter-city travel and provides a stipend of $200 per day spent on the fellowship. 

All German applicants must hold German citizenship and have a working knowledge of English. All American applicants must hold U.S. citizenship. German language ability may be helpful for American applicants, but it is not a prerequisite for the program. Applicants must be under the age of 45 and have completed a bachelor degree, graduate degree preferred.

To Apply

Applicants are selected by the American Council on Germany in conjunction with the Deutscher Staedtetag and the National League of Cities.

Questions may be directed to the Fellowship Manager at

For Further Details

To read a biography of John J. McCloy, click here.
To read the final report of a recent McCloy Fellow in Urban Affairs, click here.
To learn more about the National League of Cities, click here.
To learn more about the Deutscher Staedtetag, click here.

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For more information, please contact us at 212-826-3636 or

“The fellowship was enlightening both personally and professionally. I learned a great deal about the rich history of German culture and its cities. The fellowship engaged us at all levels from policy to development. I have a greater respect for historic preservation as a result of the time spent in German cities.”
Freddy Collier, Jr., 2011 American McCloy Fellow in Urban Affairs