American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellowship Program, USA

Publish Date: Mar 14, 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellowship Program

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) is pleased to announce the application deadline for the Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellowship 2016: April 30, 2016. The Fellowship runs from August 1 to September 15, 2016.

The Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellowship Program, funded by the Harry & Helen Gray Culture and Politics Program and directed by Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, is designed to bring two younger scholars or practitioners working on reconciliation themes concerning Germany and Japan to AICGS for a research stay of six weeks. The fellowship includes a stipend of $4,500, transportation to and from Washington, research expenses, and office space at the Institute.

Please note that the Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington, DC. We are unable to support research in Europe or Asia.

Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellows will be expected to produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute’s email newsletter, The AICGS Advisor. AICGS will also provide the opportunity for a public presentation of the fellows’ work to the broader Washington policy community.

AICGS seeks to expand its work on reconciliation by offering missing perspectives on German and Japanese reconciliation in their respective regions and by enriching the debate in the U.S. about sustained or constrained reconciliation on the part of its European and Asian allies. The fellowship is designed to bring two scholars or practitioners (one from Europe and one from Asia) to the Institute to work on topics concerning reconciliation and foreign policy. Geared toward a younger generation, the fellowship seeks to increase awareness that as generations change, history is converted from personal experience to collective national history. The fellowship allows European and Asian fellows to examine together thorny and complicated issues regarding the role of reconciliation in their countries’ foreign policies. AICGS will provide the neutral forum for such examinations in which European and Asian scholars can learn from one another.

Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, AICGS provides a comprehensive program of public forums, policy studies, research, and study groups designed to enrich the political, corporate, and scholarly constituencies it serves.  The Institute strengthens the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world by producing objective and original analyses of developments and trends in Germany, Europe, and the United States; creating new transatlantic networks; and facilitating dialogue among the business, political, and academic communities to manage differences and define and promote common interests.

Qualifications and Applications Procedure

1. Applicants must be citizens of Germany or of other European countries; citizens of Japan, China, or the Republic of Korea working on German or Japanese international reconciliation.

2. Applicants should be no older than 35 years at the time of application.

3. The fellowship is open to practitioners as well as to PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows.

4. All application materials MUST be received by AICGS by the deadline in order to be considered for fellowships in the specified period.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application form. To apply for the Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellowship Program, please submit the following materials:

a. a brief cover letter (please indicate your citizenship in the cover letter and how you have heard about the fellowship);
b. a curriculum vitae;
c. a project proposal (5-7 pages, double-spaced) outlining in clear, concise terms the substantive thrust of the research and its relevance to the fellowship’s mission; and
d. two recent letters of reference (professional or academic references).

Visa Requirements

If selected as an AICGS Reconciliation Fellow, foreign nationals must be eligible for and obtain a J-1 visa from a U.S. consulate or embassy at their home country. 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. (Please contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country for further information on the two-year stipulation.)  AICGS will provide detailed information about the visa process once a fellow has been selected.

Please send all application packets via e-mail to

Susanne Dieper, Director of Administration and Grants Management,

Please note that you will receive an email after the deadline confirming the receipt of your application. Should you not receive a confirmation email, please contact us after May 5.

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