Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program 2018/2019

Applications are open for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program 2018/2019. Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a fully-funded, 9-to-12 month professional development program in Germany for up to 15 accomplished young Americans to live abroad, learn German and advance their career.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers a select cohort of accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive intercultural professional program in Germany that is comprised of three main components:

  • Individual professional assignments
  • Professional seminars
  • German language training

Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, they participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with experts and decision makers from Germany and Europe.

Prior to their work placements and seminars, Bosch Fellows receive private tutoring prior to their departure for Germany and participate in 8 weeks of intensive language courses in Berlin. Fellows are from the fields of public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism and communications, law, or cultural 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 first-hand 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.

Are you a U.S. citizen? A leader in your field? Want to spend a year in Germany? This program is for you.


Benefits of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

  • One or two practical phases (stages) at leading institutions in Germany
  • Seminar series covering issues of German, European and transatlantic concern
  • Private German language instruction before departure; intensive language training in Berlin
  • Monthly stipend within the range of EUR 3,200 to 3,700 starting in October; monthly summer stipend of EUR 1.500 + free accommodations during July, August and September; exact amount of stipend dependent upon number of accompanying dependent family members
  • Accommodation and travel for the orientation program
  • Stipend for travel to and from Germany
  • Lifelong membership in the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association

Eligibility for Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Applicants are expected to have a genuine interest in German and European affairs, have clear goals for the professional assignment(s) of the program, and demonstrate a commitment to the transatlantic relationship that extends beyond their own professional interests

In particular, the following qualifications are required of all applicants:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Age 40 or younger at time of application
  • Minimum five years of full-time work experience in target field (excluding internships)
  • Professional experience and Fellowship target field should be in the areas of: public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism and communications, law, or cultural and arts management
  • Evidence of outstanding professional performance and academic achievement
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • Active participation in community and/or public affairs
  • Willingness and commitment to learn German; high proficiency would be an asset

Application for Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Please review these instructions before completing and submitting your application:

  • The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program application must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 1, and any supporting documents not submitted online or via email must arrive in hard copy by the same date.
  • You may log into, edit and log out of your application at any time until you have clicked on the “Submit” button. Once an application has been submitted, it is considered final. Please make sure to click “Save” in each section you edit before exiting your application to ensure that all data is saved.
  • Prior to submitting your application, please be sure to review the information you provided very carefully by clicking on the “Review and Submit” tab. On the last page of this section you will be able to view a print version of your application, which you can save and keep for your records.
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will not be permitted to view or make any changes to the information you provided.
  • They recommend saving your résumé and answers to the short essay questions as PDF files in order to avoid formatting issues.

A complete application includes the online application form, short essay questions, a resume, university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. All documents should be uploaded online. If necessary, transcripts and recommendation letters can be mailed to the following address:

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
233 Broadway
Suite 2120
New York, NY 10279

All materials must arrive in the New York office by November 1. For more information, contact

Click here to request application.

For more information, visit Bosch Fellowship.

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