Frequently asked questions: CrossCulture Programme (Foto: ifa/Kuhnle)

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Which countries take part in the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) 2018?

Countries of the CCP-Module "Islamic World"

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Republic of the Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan

    Countries of the CCP-Module "Eastern Partnership and Russia"

    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Belarus
    • Germany
    • Georgia
    • Republic of Moldova
    • Russia
    • Ukraine

    Who is eligible to apply for a CCP fellowship?

    Young professionals and long-term volunteers with at least two years of professional experience are eligible to apply for the CrossCulture Programme (CCP). Professional experience is expected in the following fields of work:

    • Politics & Society
    • Human Rights & Peace Building
    • Sustainable Development
    • Media & Culture

    A long-term involvement in an organisation or institution within the country of residency is assumed. Applicants must be aged between 23 and 45 years. All candidates applying must be citizens of the above mentioned countries or should have been granted permanent residence of one of those countries. Moreover, they must have an unrestricted physical and mental capacity to meet the requirements of a longer stay abroad and cooperation with the host organisation. A good command of English is expected. Knowledge of German is welcomed but not required. Applications by enrolled students cannot be considered

    Specific features of the CCP-module "Eastern Partnership and Russia"?

    Young professionals and long-term volunteers (working experience of at least two years) are eligible to apply. Professional experience is expected in the following fields of work:

    • human rights, migration & refugees
    • political education & youth participation
    • knowledge society, intercultural dialogue, mediation
    • media

    The duration of a CCP fellowship for applicants from countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia is 8 weeks.        

    How long is the duration of the CCP fellowship?

    CCP fellowships last between two and three months. Stays for a longer period cannot receive any support by ifa.

    The duration of a CCP fellowship for applicants form the CCP-module "Eastern Partnership and Russia" is 8 weeks.        

    When does the fellowship start and end?

    The earliest beginning of CCP is for all participants in June, while the end of CCP is mid-December. Since CCP fellowships are planned and organised individually for each candidate, the schedules differ regarding timing and duration. The exact dates are coordinated in detail with the respective host organisation and the CCP fellow. An extension of this period until mid-April might be granted for participants from Algeria, Bangladesh, Central Asia, Germany, Gulf Countries, Indonesia, Iran, and Malaysia. 

    What does the side programme offer?

    The CCP side programme is intended to promote the fellows’ intercultural, vocational and specialist skills and to strengthen networks. A three-day intercultural workshop invites the CCP participants to Stuttgart. Apart from that, an individual side programme offers visits to other organisations of the fellow’s field of interest.

    What is covered by the CCP grant?

    Grants for each fellowship vary by the duration of stay, but a full monthly grant for living expenses is 550 EUR for fellows from abroad. In addition, the following costs are covered by ifa:

    • accommodation in Germany
    • health insurance
    • travel expenses incl. visa fees
    • public transportation at destination city

    For fellows from Germany the full monthly grant for living expenses is 1100 EUR. These include costs for accomodation and local transport in the host country. In addition, the following costs are covered by ifa:

    • health insurance
    • refund of travel expenses (economy flight) incl. visa fee

    Travel expenses

    The round trip flight is booked and paid by ifa. Once your travel arrangements have been confirmed and you have received your ticket it is not possible to change its schedule.  Extra or oversize luggage that is not included in your ticket cannot be covered by ifa.

    Health insurance

    You will be informed about the conditions of health insurance and the services provided by ifa when you receive the Fellowship Award Letter.


    CCP fellows from abroad will be provided with furnished accommodation in Germany - either a room in a shared apartment or within a family or a small apartment with bathroom and cooking facilities. Electricity, heating and water are included. Internet access or a phone might not be available in the apartment, but can be bought by the CCP fellow.

    The apartment and the interior furnishings have to be treated with care by the CCP fellow. Guests are only allowed to stay for a few days after consultation with the owner of the apartment. Costs of any major damages to the apartment, furniture or electrical items have to be covered by the CCP fellow.

    Will I be interviewed during the application process?

    Yes, shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview. These interviews will take place in the German Embassy/Consulate in the respective country or be conducted via Skype/phone. After a successful selection, potential host organisations might also conduct one or several additional interviews with the candidate.

    May family members join me?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible. The programme cannot provide any financial support or take any responsibility for accompanying persons (e.g. spouse or children). 

    How do I apply for a visa?

    Detailed information about the visa procedure is provided on the homepage of the German Embassy/Consulate. Moreover, CCP fellows receive precise instructions by ifa and the German Embassies/Consulates how to apply for a visa. Make sure to have a valid passport available which should not expire within the given time frame indicated by the visa regulations of the destination country.

    How do I apply?

    Applications for CCP are to be submitted online via our application portal. Please pay attention to the technical requirements. The following required documents have to be uploaded:

    • letter of motivation(please use the template)
    • CV
    • recommendation letter by your current employer / home organisation (please use the template)  
    • photo (optional)

    Please 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!

    Will I get assistance during my first days in Germany?

    CCP fellows from abroad will receive support by tutors during the first days of their stay in Germany. The tutors are available for a limited amount of hours in assisting to settle in and get acquainted with the context (e.g. local transport). Autonomy of the fellows is assumed and demanded.   

    What are the specific features for German applicants?

    CCP fellows from Germany have to find a suitable local host organisation and accommodation independently. ifa supports the placement through its alumni network. Please note that for security reasons some countries (or regions within a country) are excluded as host countries. Please find more information about current travel advices on the homepage of the German Federal Foreign Office

    Who should write my letter of recommendation?

    The recommendation letter gives us the opportunity to assess applicants from an outside perspective and also get an idea of the potential benefits for your home organisation. Therefore, your immediate supervisor from your home organisation should formulate the recommendation letter for you.

    In exceptional cases, e.g. if you are the head/founder of your organisation, we recommend to identify another external source for your recommendation – a previous supervisor, a member of your board of directors, a partner organisation or any other individual who can evaluate your work.

    What happens after I have submitted the application?

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

    Applications will be reviewed by selection committees composed of ifa and the German embassy/consulate in the respective country. Grants are awarded according to a competitive selection process. Selected applicants will be informed by ifa by the end of April.

    Candidates rejected on formal grounds or with respect to the eligibility criteria are notified via e-mail as soon as the decision has been made. Please note that ifa does not make known the reason(s) why an application is rejected. Your understanding is much appreciated.

    Is there a waiting list?

    Yes. Due to limited space availability and competition, some candidates are placed on the waiting list. The waiting list status will be announced via e-mail at the end of April / beginning of May. The waiting list status is no guarantee for eventual acceptance, and it depends on the given circumstances whether a person actually advances from the list. Waitlisted applicants may advance from the waiting list not later than August 31.

    What happens after being selected for CCP?

    Selected candidates need to confirm acceptance of the grant within a stated period of time. According to the profile and qualifications of the candidate the CCP team identifies a suitable host organisation in Germany. Your professional contacts to German organisations might be helpful in this process and should be mentioned in the application documents or after acceptance.

    After approval by the host organisation the candidate will receive a funding agreement outlining the conditions of the grant. The agreement has to be signed between the candidate and ifa.

    You cannot find a suitable answer to your question in the FAQ? Please contact us:

    Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
    CrossCulture Programme

    Charlottenplatz 17
    D-70173 Stuttgart
    Fax +49.711.2225.195