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The German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship (for EU Citizens)

In 2017, CES awarded its first Kennedy Fellowship to a non-German scholar from the European Union thanks to a gift by the German Government. Known as the German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, its goal is to support EU scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment, who intend to pursue academic careers in Europe.

CES encourages applications in all social science disciplines and on any topic related to modern Europe or transatlantic relations. Applications are judged on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s record of achievement and promise.

The Fellowship provides a generous stipend of $60,000 for 10 months of residential research at CES between the months of September and June.

This Fellowship is administered by CES and each application is reviewed by the CES Steering Committee. Fellows are expected to attend a weekly Visiting Scholars Seminar where work in progress is presented to colleagues for feedback.

Marta Grzechnik, CES German Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2018-2019 (left); Philipp Erbentraut, CES JFK Fellow 2018-2019 (center)


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a European Union member state other than Germany. Candidates from Germany should apply for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship for German nationals through a separate process directly to the DAAD.
  • Pursue an independent project on modern Europe in the social sciences, including history.
  • Possess a Ph.D. at the time of application. (Please note that applications from students in a degree program at the time of application submission will not be considered.)
  • Have completed their Ph.D. degree no more than 8 years prior to the application and have a track record of academic publications.
  • Commit to be in residence at CES for 10 months; applicants may not hold concurrent appointments.
  • Have excellent command of English.
  • Preference is given to applicants who intend to pursue academic careers in Europe.

How to Apply

Interested in applying?

The application portal can be accessed here. Application materials must be submitted to CES via the portal. The deadline for applications for the 2020-2021 academic year is November 1, 2019. One fellowship per year gifted by the German government is available to scholars from EU countries.

For more information, such as qualifications, required application materials, and more, view Prospective Applicants.

Please review the additional information under Visiting Scholars Program before submitting an application. Note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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