Application Details

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Current Year Deadline Past, Check Website
Five months to stay at GMF in Berlin.

Can be used for

Internship/Work, Research
Other, Semester
12 weeks or longer


U.S. Citizen

The fellowship begins in March 2021 and lasts for five months, though there is some flexibility in the timing.

Applicants must have a master's or PhD and a minimum of five years work experience in academia, policy, or journalism.


As a long-standing member of the board of trustees of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, German statesman Helmut Schmidt was a role model in word and deed. In his honor, the ZEIT-Stiftung and The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) first announced the Helmut Schmidt Fellowship in 2016. This prestigious position commemorates Helmut Schmidt’s life, service, and legacy by supporting the work of individuals who have shown excellence in the academic or policy spheres and demonstrate a commitment to advancing the transatlantic relationship and/or European integration. The fellowship will be granted to a senior German fellow and a next-generation American fellow to work on issues related to the transatlantic relationship and the European Union, specializing either in foreign and security policy or economic and financial issues.

The American fellow will be based at GMF in Berlin. S/he will be fully integrated into GMF’s policy work, conducting and publishing research and analysis, participating in meetings and events, and contributing to discussions on programmatic strategy. The fellow will have access to GMF’s network and resources, as well as to contacts in the academic, think tank, and policy communities. S/he will also have opportunities to participate in Berlin-based programming, including meeting with officials and policymakers, as well as representatives of the diplomatic and nonprofit sectors.

The Helmut Schmidt Fellow will examine several themes related to how the roles of Germany and the United States in Europe and the world are evolving, as well as the implications of these developments for bilateral and wider transatlantic relations, for the future of Europe, and for global affairs.

The ZEIT-Stiftung and GMF invite proposals for research on one or more of the following questions:

  • Transatlantic cooperation in the field of security, foreign policy, defense
  • Transatlantic economic and financial relations
  • Europe in transatlantic relations
  • New challenges to the transatlantic relationship
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Carolin Wefer
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020