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CrossCulture Programme

Woman with red head scarf, fellow of ifa's CrossCulture Programme

Fellow of ifa’s CrossCulture Programme during a workshop in Stuttgart; Photo: ifa/ Wolfgang Kuhnle

About the programme:

Since 2005, young professionals and volunteers from various regions of the world have been gathering work experience in Germany. On the other hand, the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) also supports participants from Germany who want to work and learn in one of the target countries. Each year around 80 professionals and volunteers from more than 35 countries take part in the programme. Employees and volunteers from all participating countries and Germany can apply for one or more of the three CCP scholarship offers. They are distinguished from each other in terms of geography and content.

Through their work in organisations in the host country, the CCP participants gain international experience and build intercultural competences. The host organisations benefit from the expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP fellows. The experiences they acquire abroad contribute to the day-to-day work of their home organisation. More than 650 alumni form the steadily growing CCP network.

Who can apply?

All three scholarships of the CrossCulture Programme are aimed at committed people between the ages of 23 and 45 who are active in organisations relevant to society. Admission is open to Germans, interested persons from the MENA region, Central, South and Southeast Asia, as well as interested persons from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia. Enrolled students cannot be considered for selection.

Prerequisites for participation are a good written and oral knowledge of English and professional integration into an organisation in the home country.

Current application deadlines

  • The application period for the new CCP scholarship “Focus” runs from 1 to 28 February 2019. Interested applicants from the participating countries (exclusively applicants from the MENA region, Central, South and Southeast Asia) can apply via our application platform until the end of this period.
  • The call for applications for the CCP scholarship “Eastern Partnership and Russia” takes place every spring. Interested parties are expected to be able to apply in March 2019 for the year 2019.

Scholarship Offers of the CrossCulture Programme (CCP)

Scholarship “CCP Eastern Partnership & Russia”
Suitable for applicants from Germany, the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. The stay in the host country is two months.

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Scholarship “CCP Muslim majority countries”
Suitable for applicants from Germany, the MENA region, Central, South and Southeast Asia. The stay in the host country is 2-3 months. 

Scholarship “CCP Focus”
Interested persons apply for this scholarship for specific job offers with a duration of 2-3 months in the field of non-formal political education. Suitable for applicants from the MENA region, Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. 

For further information, please see our frequently asked questions (FAQ).

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
CrossCulture Programme
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49.711.2225.107


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