Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to promote closer US-German ties. It is fully funded by Robert Bosch Foundation (German: Robert Bosch Stiftung), one of the largest foundations in Germany.

Each year 15 young professionals from the United States are accepted through a competitive application process to take part in the program for a period of 9-12 months. The primary components of the Bosch Fellowship include high-level work placements at private, governmental and non-governmental institutions in Germany, as well as intensive seminars on contemporary German issues. During seminars, Bosch Fellows meet with key decision-makers from the public and private sectors in locations throughout Germany and Europe. Participants in the Bosch Fellowship are recruited from the fields of business administration, journalism, law, public policy and closely related fields. No German language skills are required at the time of application and intensive German language study is offered prior to the start of the fellowship. The fellowship period generally begins in September and ends in May of the following year.

The Bosch Fellowship offers the following benefits to participants:

  • Two high-level work phases at institutions in Germany including in federal and local governments, private corporations, media outlets, and NGOs;
  • Three seminars across Europe, each lasting several weeks that address German, European and transatlantic issues;
  • A monthly stipend; currently EUR 3,000 from September through May, with a smaller stipend during the summer language training
  • Health, accident, and liability insurance;
  • Financial support for an accompanying spouse and children, including 50% of travel costs, supplemental living stipend, health insurance, and limited funding for language training;
  • Accommodation and roundtrip travel for orientation program in Washington D.C.;
  • Transatlantic flight and seminar travel throughout Europe;
  • Generous funding for language training in the U.S. and Germany prior to program start;
  • Membership in active Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Alumni Association with over 480 members.

Through this fellowship program, the Robert Bosch Stiftung aims to contribute to the growth of German-American relations. The goal of the fellowship is to develop a corps of future U.S. leaders and foster greater transatlantic understanding.

Cultural Vistas acts as the U.S. representative and has administered this professional fellowship in Germany since its inception in 1984.

Notable alumni

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