International Relations America and Asia

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

In a global community, the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation) recognizes the importance of familiarizing accomplished American professionals with the political, economic, and cultural environment of the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union. To further this goal, and to strengthen the ties of friendship and understanding between the United States and Germany, the Robert Bosch Stiftung sponsors and administers a Fellowship that offers an intensive professional development program in Germany. The Bosch Fellowship strives to advance transatlantic relations by broadening Fellows’ professional competence and expertise, as well as by expanding their cultural horizons. The first Bosch Fellows arrived in Germany in 1984.

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program includes three main components: one or two high-level work phases, a series of professional seminars, and German language training. Fellows complete work phases in key German institutions such as the federal government and parliament, private corporations, and major German media and cultural organizations. The Robert Bosch Stiftung works together with Fellows to secure positions that are related to their professional goals and interests. Seminars focus on contemporary German and European issues, and also further the Fellows’ professional development.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung has set up a New York office at Cultural Vistas to handle applications. Following preliminary selection, up to 30 applicants are invited to New York for interviews by a German-American selection committee. Up to 15 fellows are selected. 

 

Brian Bidolli
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Fellowship Placement
SAP Urban Matters

Recent Professional Experience
Executive Director - Greater Bridgeport Reg. Council

Degree
Master of Public Administration, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
M.A. City Planning, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Katharine Burgess
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Fellowship Placement
Berlin Senate Chancellery – Urban Development

Recent Professional Experience
Program Manager - Landscape Architecture Foundation

Degree
M.Sc. Regional and Urban Planning Studies, London School of Economics, London, UK
Erick Feijóo
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Fellowship Placement
Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag (Chambers of Commerce and Industry) - Latin America division

Recent Professional Experience
Consultant - Inter-American Development Bank

Degree
M.A. German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Aaron Fishbone
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Fellowship Placement
German Bundestag - SPD faction

Recent Professional Experience
Senior Communications & Policy Analyst - City of Seattle Office of the Mayor

Degree
Master of Public Administration, University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs, Seattle, WA
Laura Gardner
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Fellowship Placement
Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - Foreign Trade, G8/G20, OECD, USA, Canada, Mexico

Recent Professional Experience
Attorney-Adviser - Department of Commerce

Degree
J.D.-M.A. Joint Degree, International Law and Economics, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA; John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Adam Gerstmeier
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Fellowship Placement
Porsche AG - Controlling Sales, Marketing & Financial Services

Recent Professional Experience
CFO/ Owner - AFW Foundy, Inc

Degree
B.Sc. Business Administration, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Laura Hagood
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Fellowship Placement
Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg

Recent Professional Experience
Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Association Relations - National Building Museum

Degree
Dual M.A. Art History and Arts Management, American University, Washington, D.C.
Jack Higgins
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Fellowship Placement
Verband der Privaten Bausparkassen e.V.

Recent Professional Experience
Management Analyst - U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban development

Degree
Master of Government Administration, University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government, Philadelphia, PA
Sara Anne Mark-Westfall
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Fellowship Placement
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development - Environment and Sustainable Energy

Recent Professional Experience
Assistant Director - Wildlife Conservation Society

Degree
B.A. English, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Cameron McCosh
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Fellowship Placement
German Bundestag - Office of MP Marie-Luise Dött (CDU/CSU)

Recent Professional Experience
Chief Operating Officer - American Action Forum

Degree
Master of Public Policy, American University, School of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Katherine Polin
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Fellowship Placement
Robert Koch Institute

Recent Professional Experience
Program Associate - Global Doctors for Choice

Degree
MPH, Reproductive and Family Health, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
Timothy Stumhofer
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Fellowship Placement
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety - Climate Initiative IKI

Recent Professional Experience
Senior Program Associate - Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, San Francisco, CA

Degree
M.Sc. Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics
Clare Waldmann
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Fellowship Placement
Ecologic Institute

Recent Professional Experience
Project Manager - California Ocean Protection Council

Degree
Master of Landscape Architecture in Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Allison Wildman
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Fellowship Placement
City of Freiburg - Department of Urban Development

Recent Professional Experience
Associate, Urban Planner, Studio Manager - SERA Architects

Degree
Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University, Portland, OR

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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 520 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.