Konrad Adenauer Fellowships for Harvard Seniors in Social Sciences 2017, Germany

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2016

Deadline: Feb 10, 2017

Konrad Adenauer Fellowships

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a German political foundation named after the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. It offers a wide variety of civic-education conferences and events in Germany and is in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The foundation’s headquarters are located in Berlin and in Sankt Augustin near Bonn. Its programs aim to promote freedom, peace and justice while focusing on democratic processes, unification of Europe, cooperation, and strengthening of transatlantic relations.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung awards scholarships to international master and doctoral students in order to enable studying and research at German universities and promote intercultural dialogues, formation of international networks, and internationalization of universities and science. The scholarship program is publicly financed and part of the cultural and educational policy of Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The scholarship program consists of financial assistance as well as ideational support. The financial assistance covers living expenses for the time of study or research in Germany. The level of funding varies for different types of studies. Master students receive a monthly scholarship of € 750, and Ph.D. students receive a monthly scholarship of € 1000. Beside the monthly scholarship payments, the program offers multiple subsidies for its scholars (e.g. health care insurance up to € 120 per month; a round-trip airfare, etc.). Participating scholars benefit from a broad program of ideational support as well as an active intellectual network. The program focuses on three principal elements:

  • personal contact and mentoring by the referees of the Scholarship Program for Foreign Students and by the KAS liaison professors at the universities
  • an internal seminar series on political, historical, economic and social topics
  • diverse activities of the regional scholar groups at the universities.

Upon successful completion of studies in Germany, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung International Scholarship Program remains in contact with former fellows and offers them a unique opportunity to become a part of its international network with over 13,000 alumni worldwide.

General Requirements for Applicants

  • Evidence of exceptional academic performance
  • Broad general education and a distinct interest in political issues
  • Positive attitude towards democracy and human rights
  • Engagement in voluntary work for the benefit of people and society
  • Openness and tolerance for a diversity of beliefs
  • Willingness to participate in the ideational program (internal seminar program, activities of the regional scholar groups at the universities)
  • Basic knowledge of German (A2) at the beginning of the candidate’s stay in Germany. During their stay candidates should plan to enroll in German courses and will receive financially support for attending a language program. If the Masters program is taught in German, the candidates should have an advanced knowledge of German (B2) to meet the university requirements in Germany.
  • Participation in the program in the duration of 6-12 months minimum; extended stay possible
  • Candidates wishing to pursue studies in a Masters program in Germany have to apply independently but the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung International Scholarship Program will assist them in the application process
  • Candidates planning to conduct research in Germany should be hosted by a professor at a German University or by a research institution. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung International Scholarship Program will assist them in identifying an adequate institution.

Application is open to eligible Harvard seniors expecting to graduate in May 2017 as well as Harvard doctoral students in social sciences focusing on Germany. Students must apply via the Harvard University Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT).
Deadline: February 10, 2017

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