International Relations America and Asia

Fellowship Program for Young American Leaders

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The aim of the fellowship program for young American leaders is to develop a new generation of Americans with knowledge of Europe and especially Germany from personal and above all professional experience, who are committed to strengthening German-American relations. In the long term, participants are expected to assume leading positions in politics, administration, business or the media in their country.

The fellowship program combines theory and practice. Fellows gain experience of Germany and Europe by working in their field there and taking part in intensive seminars. The foundation expects a high degree of self-initiative in planning and implementing their internships.

The program is aimed at young American graduates, generally with a post-graduate degree (Master) in Law, Politics, Economics, Urban Planning or Journalism. Appropriate professional experience is required, as are excellent German language skills at the start of the fellowship. Fellows are able to attend intensive courses in the USA and Germany to learn the language thoroughly or significantly improve their proficiency.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung has set up a New York office at Cultural Vistas to handle applications. Following preliminary selection, up to 44 applicants are invited to New York for interviews by a German-American selection committee. Up to 20 fellows are selected. 

Contact

Claudia Strasser
Phone: +49 (0)711 460 84-47
Fax: +49 (0)711 460 84-1047
Anda Ruf
Telefon 0711 46084-74
Telefax 0711 46084-1074
Christopher Alessi
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Professional Experience
Publisher/ Online Editor/ Writer - Council on Foreign Relations

Education
Master of Science, Journalism, Columbia University, New York
Carolyn Beeler
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Professional Experience
Health and Science Reporter - WHYY Public Radio

Education
Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Allison Gibbs
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Professional Experience
Intern/desk officer - U.S. Department of Defense

Education
Master of Arts, European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Dr. Harrison Grafos
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Professional Experience
Research Assistant - Office of the Provost, University of Pittsburgh

Education
Ph.D. Public Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Master of Public Administration, Public Policy and Management, New York University, New York, NY
Sarah Hale
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Professional Experience
Chief of Staff - U.S. Representative Sue Myrick

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Faith Hall
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Professional Experience
Environmental Protection Specialist - U.S. Department of Transportation

Education
Master of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Holtje
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Professional Experience
Intelligence Operations Specialist - U.S. Department of State

Education
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

LLM (Master of Laws), The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
Andrew Ireland
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Professional Experience
Foreign Affairs Specialist - U.S. Department of State

Education
Master of Arts, Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth Johnson
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Professional Experience
Summer Intern (Asset Management) - The Bank of New York Mellon

Education
Master of Arts, European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Maria Mahler-Haug
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Professional Experience
Policy Aide for National Security Affairs - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Education
Master of Arts, Security Policy Studies, National Defense University, Washington, DC
Riley Ohlson
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Professional Experience
Associate Director of Legislation and Government - Massachusetts Nurses Association - National Nurses United

Education
Master of Science, Public Policy, Heinz School - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Fay Peng
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Professional Experience
Country Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland - U.S. Department of Defense

Education
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Imran Sheikh
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Professional Experience
Post-graduate strategy and Marketing intern - Johnson Controls

Education
Master of Science, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Jesse Singal
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Professional Experience
Reporter/Contributing Writer - Newsweek/The Daily Beast Magazine

Education
Master in Public Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Michael Stock
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Professional Experience
Political and Economic Affairs Intern - U.S. Department of State

Education
M.Sc. Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Wendy Tao
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Professional Experience
Associate - Cambridge Systematics (Transportation Consulting)

Education
MCP Master of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Christina Tsafoulias
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Professional Experience
Senior Legislative Assistant - U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano

Education
Master of Arts, International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Amanda van Epps
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Professional Experience
General engineering course instructor - Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Education
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, TX

Master of Science, Environmental Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Ebony Wiresinger
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Professional Experience
Research Assistant - New York University Langone, Medical Center

Education
Master of Public Administration, Healthcare Public Finance, New York University – Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Finance

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Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association

In 1985, the group from the first year of the program founded the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association (RBFAA) in New York. Today the RBFAA, comprised of around 500 members, forms a broad network of Americans from different generations and fields who share the experiences gained during the year of their fellowship in Germany as well as their dedication to transatlantic relationships. The RBFAA holds an annual event, inviting public figures from Germany and the US, organizes regional events, and participates in promotional events for the fellowship program. As a result, the association makes it possible for alumni to network and continue advocating for the dialog between Germany and the United States. In addition, the RBFAA sends former fellowship recipients to act as participants and experts at conferences and study trips by "Round Table USA".

Contact Cultural Vistas

Katherine Henly

Contact

Claudia Strasser
Phone: +49 (0)711 460 84-47
Fax: +49 (0)711 460 84-1047
Anda Ruf
Telefon 0711 46084-74
Telefax 0711 46084-1074