In recent years, surveys have shown that the generation of Germans born after the fall of the Berlin Wall have less interest in the United States as compared to the post-WWII generations. For many younger people, the United States is no longer a strong partner of Germany, but rather working against it. Through the Carl Duisberg Fellowship for Future German Transatlanticists, the ACG aims to strengthen the transatlantic partnership with the next generation of Germans.
This Fellowship will offer young German professionals the opportunity to spend two months working with the ACG in New York City, while learning about the importance of the transatlantic relationship with the goal of helping ensure the relationship endures for future generations.
The fellow will work with program officers of the ACG to contribute to the organization’s regular program activities while conducting research on topics related to the mission of the ACG and the German-American partnership. During their stay in New York City, fellows should address one of the following areas: globalization; immigration and integration; foreign and security policy; agricultural, environmental, and urban policy; and technology and innovation.
Fellows must produce publishable materials such as a research paper, a website, a video, etc., which must be coordinated and approved by the ACG in advance. Fellows may be asked to present their findings at an ACG event in New York or Washington, DC.
During the program, fellows will be expected to use social media to convey positive stories about the German-American relationship to friends, family, and professional networks back at home in Germany. Upon returning to Germany, the Fellow must commit to holding a minimum of two information sessions and writing an op-ed submission. The objective is to engage new communities in transatlantic dialogue and enhance their understanding about the continued value of the relationship.
Fellows will receive a $6,000 stipend, which covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for two months. The fellowship will begin in July (start date will be flexible according to candidate’s schedule and availability).
Funding for this fellowship is provided by the Carl Duisberg Stiftung für internationale Bildung und Zusammenarbeit.
Applicants must submit the following:
- A cover letter outlining personal and professional objectives for the fellowship;
- A one- to two-page proposal addressing one of the key themes of the ACG;
- A current resume;
- Two letters of recommendation (preferably one academic and one professional).
Candidates for the Carl Duisberg Fellowship mus:
- Be German citizens residing in Germany;
- Be 23 – 30 years old at time of application;
- Have a minimum of two years of relevant, full-time work experience;
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
- Possess a track record of outstanding academic and professional performance;
- Have demonstrated sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.