The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring both senior and junior scholars and specialists working on key issues of central importance to the German-American relationship to American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) for research stays of two to three consecutive months each.
During their tenure, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows will be expected to present their research results at a workshop to the broader Washington, DC, policy community and produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute’s targeted analysis newsletter, The AICGS Advisor. AICGS welcomes applications from individuals at academic institutions, think tanks, and public policy and research organizations. Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of the Institute’s three research and program areas:
- Foreign and Domestic Policy
- Society, Culture & Politics
Special consideration will be given to research projects addressing the Institute’s current focus areas, including international trade, workforce training, immigration and integration issues, international reconciliation, and foreign policy strategies and security policies.Projects should also be compatible with and supportive of the AICGS mission, which is to promote better understanding of the challenges and choices facing Germany and the United States in a broader global arena. The Institute produces objective and original analysis of developments and trends in Germany, Europe, and the United States; creates new transatlantic networks; and facilitates dialogue among the business, political, and academic communities to manage differences and define and promote common interests.
Accepted fellows will be able to expand and strengthen their networks and contacts to scholars, policy experts, practitioners, and officials, not only in Washington, DC, but also beyond the DC metropolitan area. Fellows will be able to travel to other locations to meet with experts and/or attend events and conferences relevant to their projects. Mentoring during the fellowship will be provided by AICGS senior staff and in-residence fellows—as appropriate, depending on the seniority of the fellows—to maximize individual fellow’s tenure at AICGS. Collaboration and exchange with AICGS experts and fellows will be encouraged.