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. 


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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.