Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of an ACG fellowship?
The ACG’s fellowship programs allow young professionals and academics to conduct in-depth research. The programs are designed to broaden fellows’ professional experiences and world-views and to enable them to establish working relationships overseas. Most fellows use this opportunity as a stepping stone to advance their career

What are the responsibilities of a fellow?
The fellow will help contribute to the organization’s regular programmatic activities while conducting a research project related to one of the six main themes of the ACG: globalization; immigration and integration; foreign and security policy; agricultural, environmental, and urban policy; and technology and innovation. The research deliverables can take a variety of forms – a research paper, a website, a video, etc., but must be coordinated and approved by the ACG in advance.

Fellows may be asked to present their findings at an event in New York or Washington, DC. In addition, fellows must use social media to share positive stories about the German-American relationship. Upon return to Germany, fellows must commit to holding a minimum of two information sessions and writing an op-ed submission.

What do fellows receive?
Fellows receive a $6,000 stipend, which covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for 3 months. Stipends are distributed to fellows in three payments.

Fellows are responsible for securing accommodations in New York. The ACG can provide suggestions, however it is ultimately the responsibility of the fellow.

The ACG will assist the fellows obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa with Cultural Vistas and the associated expenses are covered by the fellowship.

What are the qualifications to apply?
Applicants must be German citizens residing in Germany, between the ages of 23 and 30 at the time of the application deadline. Each applicant should demonstrate a minimum of two years of relevant, full-time work experience and hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). He/she should possess a track record of outstanding academic and professional performance and have demonstrated sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.

What documents do I need to apply for the fellowship?
To apply for a fellowship, candidates must submit a cover letter outlining personal and professional objectives for the fellowship, a one- to two-page proposal citing potential transatlantic collaborative projects that could be examined during the fellowship, an academic transcript, a current resume and two letters of recommendation (preferably one academic and one professional). Applications must be submitted in English, however letters of recommendation can be written in German.

How should I submit my application?
Applications should be submitted here.

Applications sent via email should be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the day of the deadline. It is not necessary to mail any portion of your application.

Do my letters of recommendation need to be sent with my application?
No, letters of recommendation may be sent separately. The same deadline applies for letters of recommendation.

Am I expected to have a full research proposal written before I submit an application?
While you do not need a full itinerary,  you should have a fully established proposal with an explanation of the goals of your research.

I am receiving funding from another source. Am I eligible to receive a fellowship?
No, you are not eligible to receive a fellowship if you are receiving funding from another source. The ACG is intended to be the sole sponsor of any fellow’s research.

How long after I submit an application will I know if I have received the fellowship?
The selection process will take six to eight weeks after the deadline. All applicants, regardless of the decision, will receive notification via email.

If I was awarded a fellowship by the ACG in the past, can I apply for a second fellowship?
No, fellowship alumni are not eligible for a second fellowship. Fellowship alumni are encouraged to make recommendations for new candidates.

Additional questions can be submitted to fellowships@acgusa.org.