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The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), the leading resource and research center for analysis and assessment of the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world, is pleased to announce the DAAD-AICGS Research Fellowship Program. The program is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS, which is located in Washington, DC, for stays of two months each.


Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be German or American citizens or applicants affiliated with DAAD Centers for German and European Studies.
  • Applicants should have completed or currently be working on a PhD. Only in exceptional cases will fellowships be awarded to applicants with an MA, who are not PhD students.
  • Individuals who have received a grant or other support from the DAAD within three years of the starting date of the fellowship are not eligible to apply [this does not apply for applicants affiliated with DAAD Centers for German and European Studies].

Terms of Award

Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to USD 4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant, economy class round trip airfare to and from Washington (for a maximum of USD 770), and office space at the Institute.

All DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows will be expected to produce a short analytical essay for publication on the Institute's website; for fellows producing research of exceptional quality, AICGS will provide opportunities for presentations to a Washington policy audience.

Application Deadlines: February 28th and August 31st

For fellowships in January-June you must apply by August 31st.

For fellowships in July-December you must apply by February 28th.

Please visit the AICGS website for details.

Application Guidelines

Project proposals should be compatible with the Institute's mission and address one or more of the Institute's five research and programming areas:

  • Germany and the United States in the Global Economy
  • Germany in Europe
  • New Security Challenges and Changing Foreign Policy Agendas
  • Culture, Values, and Politics
  • Transnational Issues

Special consideration will be given to research projects relevant to the Institute's current emphases within these areas (please see the AICGS website for current project information).

  • Applicants must be of German or US nationality.
  • If selected as DAAD/AICGS fellows, German nationals must be eligible for and obtain a J-1 visa from a US consulate or embassy in Germany.

For details on the required documents for the application, please visit the AICGS website here.


For details on the application procedure, please see the program announcement at the AICGS website.