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Konrad Adenauer Fellowship - For Graduating Seniors

The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies in conjunction with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) awards fellowships to graduating seniors at Harvard interested in pursuing masters studies and research at German universities. The fellowship consists of financial assistance as well as ideational support. The financial assistance covers living expenses for the time of study or research in Germany.

KAS offers a similar fellowship to graduate students (Ph.D.) at Harvard. Details can be found here.

Funding Level

The level of funding varies for different types of studies.

  • Graduating seniors will receive a monthly scholarship of €860 to pursue their masters studies. Beside the monthly scholarship payments, the program offers multiple subsidies for its scholars (e.g. health care insurance up to €120 per month; a round-trip airfare, etc.).


Successful applicants benefit from a broad program of ideational support and an active intellectual network. The program offers:

  • Personal contact and mentoring by the referees of the Scholarship Program for Foreign Students and by the KAS liaison professors at the universities.
  • An internal seminar series on political, historical, economic and social topics.
  • Diverse activities of the regional scholar groups at the universities.
  • Networking with former fellows and opportunity to become part of the Foundation's international network of over 13,000 alumni worldwide.

How to Apply

Graduating seniors interested in applying for the Konrad Adenauer Fellowship for their masters studies should fulfill the following qualifications. It is recommended that applicants address their qualifications in their proposal.

  • Evidence of exceptional academic performance.
  • Broad general education and a distinct interest in political issues.
  • Positive attitude towards democracy and human rights.
  • Engagement in voluntary work for the benefit of people and society.
  • Openness and tolerance for a diversity of beliefs.
  • Willingness to participate in the ideational program (internal seminar program, activities of the regional scholar groups at the universities).
  • Basic knowledge of German (B1) at the beginning of the candidate’s stay in Germany. During their stay candidates should plan to enroll in German courses and will receive financial support for attending a language program. If the Masters program is taught in German, the candidates should have an advanced knowledge of German (C1) to meet the university requirements in Germany.
  • Participation in the program for the duration of 18 months minimum; extended stay possible.
  • Candidates planning to conduct research in Germany should be hosted by a professor at a German University or by a research institution. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation International Scholarship Program will assist them in identifying an adequate institution.

Past Fellowship Recipients

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