DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program in 2021
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) is now accepting applications for the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program in 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, AICGS anticipates that travel to and in-person residency in Washington, DC, for the fellowship will likely not be possible until spring or summer 2021.
The application deadline is 15 January 2021.
The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring both senior and junior scholars and specialists working on key issues of central importance to the German-American relationship to AICGS for research stays of between two to four consecutive months each. AICGS offers several fellowships, which include a monthly stipend of up to €3,204 (depending on the seniority of the applicant); transportation to and from Washington, DC; financial support for research-related travel to institutions within the DAAD center network (Centers for German and European Studies) in North America; and office space at the Institute.
Please note thatthe DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington, DC. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe.
During their tenure, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows will be expected to present their research results at a workshop to the broader Washington, DC, policy community and produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute’s targeted analysis newsletter, The AICGS Advisor. AICGS welcomes applications from individuals at academic institutions, think tanks, and public policy and research organizations who focus on subject areas dealing with transatlantic relations, primarily policy, politics, economics, law, education, social sciences, and humanities. The fellowship is open to individuals with German and other nationalities as follows:
The fellowship is a great asset for the research community working on the transatlantic relationship. Especially in these turbulent times, the scholarly exchange the fellowship makes possible is more important than ever.
– Tobias Bunde, Fall 2013
The overarching goal of the research fellowship program is to create a common basis for transatlantic dialogue that is characterized by mutual understanding of the unique historical, cultural, political, and economic factors that shape perspectives and policies. The program thus promotes the relations between the United States of America and Germany, particularly in the context of the developments and changes at the European and global levels. Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of AICGS’ three research and program areas:
Projects should be compatible with and supportive of the AICGS mission, which is to anticipate challenges, propose solutions, and bolster the German-American partnership. The Institute produces objective and original analysis of developments and trends in Germany, Europe, and the United States; creates new transatlantic networks; and collaborates with policymakers, corporate leaders, and scholars to deliver in-depth, actionable analysis and fresh ideas that help anticipate trends, manage risk, and shape policy choices.
Accepted fellows will be able to expand and strengthen their networks and contacts to scholars, policy experts, practitioners, and officials, not only in Washington, DC, but also beyond the DC metropolitan area. Mentoring during the fellowship will be provided by AICGS senior staff and in-residence fellows as appropriate, depending on the seniority of the fellows. Collaboration and exchange with AICGS experts and fellows will be encouraged.
My time at AICGS was one of the most productive and formative experiences of my career as it tremendously helped me to carry out the transition from academia to a broader spectrum of political discourse.
– Eva Jobs, Fall 2014
Qualifications and Application Procedure
There is no formal application form. To apply for the DAAD/AICGS fellowship program, please submit the following materials electronically, combined in one PDF file:
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and AICGS will conduct interviews (in person or via video conference) with select applicants.
If selected as DAAD/AICGS fellows, applicants must be eligible for and obtain a J-1 visa from a U.S. consulate or embassy (unless they have work authorization for the U.S.). Applicants should be aware that, due to U.S. immigration regulations, J-1 visas may be subject to the two-year rule, which prohibits individuals from returning to the United States on certain types of visa for a period of two years upon completion of their fellowship at AICGS. AICGS will provide detailed information about the visa process once a fellow has been selected.
Please send your application via e-mail to:
Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants