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Exchange Program to Germany Fully Funded

With the CCP Fellowships, the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) funds around 80 professionals and committed volunteers from over 35 countries each year. The programme is implemented in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office. It was launched in 2005 and now counts over 750 alumni to its ever-growing network. CCP offers a forum for open dialogue and mutual learning for all those involved and enables them to act as multipliers. The intercultural exchange fosters on-going dialogue of people and institutions and boosts the formation of networks between organizations in Germany and the partner countries in a sustained manner. Thus, it stimulates transnational co-operation.
During three months of occupational stays in host Organizations in Germany or in CCP partner countries, participants deepen their expertise and acquire intercultural skills. In turn, the host organizations benefit from the expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP fellows. The participants then bring their experiences gained abroad into their everyday working life when they return to their home organization.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently designing remote fellowships as an alternative to physical stays abroad. Within these fellowships we will offer digital exchange, collaboration tools and specialist trainings. In case of ongoing travel restrictions, there is the opportunity to participate at the CCP as a remote fellowship holder.
The final decision on the implementation of the fellowships (professional residence in Germany or "remote fellowship") will be taken as soon as possible in accordance with the Foreign Federal Office, latest by the beginning of August 2020.
The announcement of the CrossCulture programme (CCP) fellowship – Latin America and the Caribbean is carried out by ifa with the assistance of the German diplomatic missions in the six countries involved: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico. ifa will be able to award 12 fellowships for professionals and committed volunteers (two fellowships for each country)Applications have to be sent online via the application portal to ifa.

The CCP fellowship for the a.m. countries targets professionals or voluntarily engaged individuals permanently involved in an organization or institution in one of the following fields of activity:
  • Policy and society
  • Media and culture
  • Human Rights and peace
  • Sustainable development
Currently the focus of CCP is also on:
  • civic & citizenship education and
  • digital civil society
Applicants need to have a good command of English and/or German and should be aged between 23 and 45 years. Furthermore, the applicants must be in good health: Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the occupational stay.

Exclusionary Criteria for the Application
Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection.

The scholars' travel and subsistence expenses are covered by programme funds. This includes a monthly grant of 550 Euro, travel costs to Germany and urban public transport, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation. The latter is either a private room in a shared flat (according to gender), a private room in a host family or a small furnished apartment. Accommodation includes cost for electricity, water and heating; whereas telephone and internet facilities are not included.

No provisions will be made for travelling with family members such as spouse or children. ifa assumes no costs or responsibility for other persons beyond the fellowship recipient.

Benefits in case of travel restriction
The following expenses are covered by programme funds when travelling will not be allowed and the fellowship will be based on digital resources:
  • Technical and financial support to enable the participation in digital tools
  • Licenses for the use of digital collaboration tools and platforms
  • Online specialist trainings considering the fellows’ individual and professional aims
  • Digital exchange, collaboration and workshops with CCP fellowship holders, NGOs and alumni from the CCP countries
Selection procedure
The filled in and signed application forms along with a passport picture are submitted via the application portal to ifa.
  • Curriculum vitae in English with details about education/training, work experience, volunteering and other skills
  • Letter of motivation.
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s home organization/workplace in the applicant’s country of origin, for example from a supervisor.
  • Photo is optional.
Application deadline is 20 July 2020 (date of receipt at ifa). Only complete applications will be processed! Applications sent by email and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Application in 3 steps
  1. Open the ifa application portal  and select the fellowship of your choice.
  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.
What happens after applying?
After the documents have been sent through the application portal, all applicants will receive an acknowledgment of receipt by email.
The CCP team at ifa in Stuttgart, Germany will screen all applications according to a set of criteria. Candidates might be invited for an interview either at the German Embassy or via phone/skype. The final selection of CrossCulture Scholarship participants is done in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.
The nomination of the participants will be announced in early August. Letters of refusal will be sent without further explanations at the end of August. No one has a legal right to be selected for the CCP scholarship.

Documents to download
The necessary templates for the application and more information are available to download here.
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