2021 Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) CrossCulture Fellowship Programme in Germany

Deadline: December 15, 2020.

With the CCP Fellowships, the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) funds around 100 professionals and committed volunteers from over 40 countries each year. During two to three months of practical training in host organisations in Germany or in CCP partner countries, participants deepen their expertise and acquire intercultural skills. In turn, the host organisations benefit from the expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP fellows. The participants then bring their experiences gained abroad into their everyday working life when they return to their home organisation.
With its CrossCulture Programme (CCP), ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is working in partnership with the Federal Foreign Office to build strong civil society networks between Germany and the rest of the world. The CrossCulture Programme is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by ifa.

Fellowships are principally awarded to people working in one of the following fields:

  • policy and society
  • media and culture
  • human rights and peace
  • sustainable development

In addition, from 2019 to 2023 the following key issues will be the focus for those interested in applying for compatible host organisations:

  • civic & citizenship education
  • digital civil society



  • The applicant must be between the ages of 23 and 45 at the time of the application.
  • Good written and spoken English skills.
  • At least two years of proven professional experience or volunteer work in a civil society organisation in the country of origin.
  • The applicant is in good health for a longer stay abroad.


  • The applicant has been and is socially engaged for the long-term.
  • The applicant can prove full-time experience in his or her field of work.
  • A collaboration with an organisation in the target country is in progress or planned.
  • The applicant possesses other language skills, particularly, German language skills.

Students cannot participate in the programme.

Eligible candidates ought to possess the nationality of a programme country listed below. Please apply only if you are a national of the respective country or acquired a long-term residence permit.


First and foremost, this programme provides financial support for the fellowship recipients.
ifa covers the following costs for fellowship recipients from abroad:
• A monthly allowance of 550 euros
• Roundtrip airfare
• Accommodation
• A monthly ticket for public transport within the place of residence
• A refund of applicable visa fees
• Health insurance
ifa covers the following costs for scholarship recipients from Germany:
• A monthly allowance of 1,100 euros
• A refund of roundtrip airfare
• A refund of applicable visa fees
• Health insurance


The following mandatory documents have to be uploaded:
 Curriculum vitae in English with details about education/training, work experience, volunteering and other skills.
 Letter of motivation using the template, which is available on the ifa-homepage and on the application platform.
 Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s home organisation/workplace in the applicant’s country of origin, for example from a supervisor, using the template, which is available on the ifahomepage and on the application platform.
 Photo is optional.
Please pay attention to the technical requirements (e.g. size of documents) and make sure that you have all the necessary documents available when starting the application process, as partial applications cannot be
saved. Only fully completed applications will be eligible. Do not send your application via e-mail to ifa as those applications will not be considered!



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