Bellevue Programme

Organizational matters

Work placement
Participation in the programme is seen as a human resources development measure. Applicants must therefore have the approval of their supervisors and human resources departments. The participating civil servants are released for a maximum of 15 months under retention of their existing contract and are seconded to the host institution for a period of 12 months. The home institutions continue to pay the regular salary (without any foreign supplement) for the duration of the deployment. Reintegration after completion of the programme must be guaranteed.

Support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Bellevue Fellows receive a monthly stipend from the Robert Bosch Stiftung to cover expenses related to their moving abroad. Supplements may be paid for accompanying spouses and children upon request. The Stiftung also reimburses relocation costs and the cost of language courses up to a specified maximum. The travel and  accommodation costs for seminars and other obligatory events will also be covered. The Robert Bosch Stiftung and the national partner institutions of the host country (every country has an institution that acts as partner to the Bellevue Programme) will support the programme participants in organizational matters. This does not apply to issues of personnel and tax law associated with the foreign deployment.

Choosing the host country, language skills
The choice of the host country should be based on the professional interests of the Fellows, as well as their language skills and the strategic interests of their employer. Good knowledge of the language of the host country is essential and will, of course, facilitate work in the host institution. The final decision on the choice of a host country is taken after the participants have been admitted to the programme in consultation with the Stiftung and the national partner institutions. The capacity of the host country to accept Fellows also plays a role.

Choosing the host institution
The choice of the host institution is generally based on the Fellows’ professional backgrounds and the skills and experiences they can contribute. A specific professional interest related to current political and social developments should be the prime criterion. The desire of the home institution to forge closer ties with a ministry in the host country is also a frequent consideration. It is important to bear in mind that the structures of ministries in the partner countries may differ.

The search for a suitable host institution is the task of the Bellevue Fellow, who will be supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the national partner institutions. Any existing contacts of the home institution should, of course, be utilized. The Fellow will be invited to an interview in the host institution before the secondment begins. The home and host institutions should jointly formulate a target agreement for the programme to ensure that the Bellevue year can be taken into account in performance appraisals.

In general, no contract is concluded with the host institution. The Fellow must be granted access to internal information systems and receive a suitably equipped workplace. Health and safety, insurance and liability issues are regulated on a case-by-case basis.