Bellevue Programme


Process and duration
The programme begins with an introductory seminar in September. Language courses can be taken in the host country during the three months from October to December if  these are needed for preparation. The Fellows then work in their host institution for 12 months from January to December.

Work placements
The success of the Bellevue year depends on the quality and intensity of their work in the host institution. The Fellow should be deployed as a regular member of staff in line with his or her professional qualifications. The supervisor will draw up an ambitious profile of tasks with the Fellow, ensuring that both sides benefit from the activities involved. The Fellows themselves are responsible for developing a network of contacts in the host institution and for making suggestions regarding projects and working groups they would like to support with their professional experience.

In addition to gaining work experience in the host country, which is the key goal of the programme, seminars are organized to ensure the acquisition of additional professional and methodological training. They also offer participants the opportunity to develop a personal network among each other. The Introductory Seminar in Berlin offers an insight into current social and political challenges in Germany through presentations by and meetings with key decision‑makers. The Fellows discuss their plans for the work placement and formulate their own professional and personal goals. They also have the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with their peers of the current programme year. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of the structures and functions of the European Union.

The EU Seminar gives the Fellows the opportunity to go to Brussels or Luxembourg to meet high‑ranking representatives of European institutions and to improve their understanding of the EU. During the 10‑day seminar, they learn about current developments in Europe, familiarize themselves with the political culture of the European Union and understand its role in their work, both in their home and in their host country.

Leadership and team skills are, of course, prerequisites for the Fellows’ professional career paths. They can consequently be addressed at a high level in the Leadership Development Seminar: Training in international negotiations, rhetoric and strategic decision‑making will enable the participants to develop their skills and acquire new  expertise through intensive practical exercises. The seminar takes place half way through the programme in the summer and provides a good opportunity to check the  achievement of goals, plan the next objectives for the remaining months and exchange experiences in the host country with the other Fellows on the programme.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung invites the Fellows to a Final Seminar at the end of the programme year where they exchange their fresh experiences with the next group of Fellows.

Alumni activities
The network of Fellows is maintained beyond the programme year. The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports annual alumni meetings, which serve to maintain contact among all Bellevue alumni, across all programme years and countries, and provide former Fellows the opportunity for personal and professional exchange.