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The German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship (for EU Citizens)

Tom Chevalier was the first recipient of the German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship in 2017.

Since its establishment in 2016, the German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship has supported highly accomplished EU social scientists (other than from Germany) to undertake year-long research at CES. The first Fellowship was awarded in 2017.

CES encourages applications from scholars of all social science disciplines whose work is related to modern Europe and/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 New Research on Europe 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.
  • 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 a total of 10 months; applicants considered may not hold concurrent academic appointments.
  • Have excellent command of English.
  • Preference is given to applicants who intend to pursue academic careers in Europe.

How to Apply

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts, CES will not be soliciting German Kennedy Memorial Fellowship applications for research stays in the 2021-2022 academic year. The Center endeavors to resume the application process (materials submitted via a portal) as soon as possible for the 2022-2023 academic year. All updates to the program will be shared on this page.

Note: three letters of recommendation are required with your complete application.

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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