CCP Fellowships

Strenghtening Civil Societies

With the CCP Fellowships, the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) funds professionals and committed volunteers from up to 40 countries each year. During two to three months of work-related stays in host organisations in Germany or CCP partner countries, participants deepen their expertise, establish new contacts and acquire intercultural skills. In turn, the host organisations benefit from the expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP Fellows. Participants can also attend transcultural workshops, networking and professional events hosted by the CCP. After returning to their daily working lives, participants then bring the experience they have gained into their home organisation.

In 2023, fellowships will be offered as digital as well as on-site fellowships. Subject to funding by the German Federal Foreign Office and based on their personal situation and COVID-19 entry requirements, participants may decide on one of these two options.

Whom Is the Programme Designed for?

  • Countries currently participating in the programme


    Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Republic of Moldova, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.


  • Prerequisites


    What Are the Prerequisites?

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


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

    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, in 2023 the following key topics will also be focussed on:

    • Digital civil society
    • Climate justice

    Exclusionary Criteria for the Application: students cannot participate in the programme.


What Does the Funding Include?

Primarily, CCP Fellowships promote civil society actors, strengthening them in their work. This includes the following support and offers:

  • Collaboration with a guest organisation from the CCP network, either on site or online
  • Mentoring for the duration of the fellowship
  • Online / on site professional training in the fellow’s field of work, taking their individual and professional aims into account
  • Networking with other CCP Fellowship holders
  • Inclusion in the CCP alumni network
  • For fellowship holders focussing on one of the key topics of CCP: participation in a professional event

The ifa will cover the following costs for participants from abroad:

  • a monthly stipend of 550 euros plus the coverage of costs for round-trip airfare, accommodation, monthly public transportation ticket within the fellow’s city of residence, health insurance, reimbursement of any visa fees incurred

The ifa will cover the following costs for participants from Germany:

  • a monthly stipend of 550 euros plus a monthly accommodation allowance of 550 euros, reimbursement of round-trip airfare, reimbursement of any visa fees incurred, health insurance

Participants are not meant to take family members such as spouses or children with them. The ifa does not cover any costs or assume any responsibility for further persons. The scholarship amount listed above is subject to funding approval by the German Federal Foreign Office.


  • Application in 3 steps
    1. Select the appropriate country call for applications on this application portal.
    2. Complete the application form and upload your documents. Since the application system cannot cache any input, all documents should be ready for the upload at the start of the application.
    3. Submit the completed application online via the application portal.

    Incomplete applications, applications sent by e-mail and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


  • Which application documents are required?
    • Curriculum vitae in English with details about education/training, work experience, volunteering and other skills
    • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor in the applicant’s home organisation/workplace in the applicant’s country of origin, using this template
    • Photo is optional


  • Next Application Period


    Deadline for applications is 22 December.


What Happens after Applying?

Applicants will receive an e-mail that acknowledges the receipt of the application.

After the deadline has expired, shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview by the Selection Board.

Selected applicants will be informed accordingly by e-mail, presumably in April. Programme participation subsequently takes place in the period May-November 2023.

Applicants who have not been selected will also be informed by e-mail. Please note that ifa does not make known the reason(s) why an application is rejected.


Anne Marie Kruse

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.156

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