Cross Culture Programme Fellowships are available to professionals and volunteers from a variety of professions as part of a program that strives to encourage intercultural communication and dialogue.
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ifa, Cross Culture Programme
The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) in Germany launched the Cross Culture Programme (CCP) as a project. Through its CrossCulture Programme (CCP), ifa, the oldest intermediary organization for international cultural relations in Germany, promotes cross-border communication, knowledge sharing, and networking among civil society players.
With the help of the Federal Foreign Office, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is fostering strong civil society networks between Germany and the rest of the globe through its CrossCulture Programme (CCP). Young professionals in the domains of culture, education, research, the arts, and media have profited since 2005 from the chances presented by work-related stays in Germany or in CCP partner nations.
Cross Culture Programme Fellowships
CCP fellowships give people the chance to stay for two to three months in Germany or another partner nation. Fellows participate in hands-on training, job shadowing, or networking events pertaining to their individual professional disciplines. The focus of the program is on issues including politics and society, human rights and fostering peace, media and culture, and sustainable development.
People from all over the world may apply for CCP fellowships, and the selection process is competitive. The program is looking for applicants that are involved in their communities on a regular basis and have the ability to promote change and understanding among cultures.
The CCP Fellowships allow the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) to annually provide funding for professionals and dedicated volunteers from up to 40 different nations. Participants expand their knowledge, make new relationships, and develop intercultural skills over two to three months of work-related stays in host organizations in Germany or CCP partner countries. The experience, local knowledge, and networks of the CCP Fellows are then utilized by the host organizations. Participants may also go to professional and networking events sponsored by the CCP as well as transcultural courses. Following their return to their regular working lives, participants then apply the knowledge they have received to their home organizations.
Fellowships will be available as both on-site and digital opportunities starting in 2023. Participants may select one of these two choices, subject to funding by the German Federal Foreign Office and based on their individual circumstances and COVID-19 entrance conditions.
What does CCP Fellowships Funding Cover
Collaboration with a visiting CCP network organization, either in person or online
- Throughout the fellowship, mentoring will be provided
- Professional training online or in person in the fellow’s field of work, taking into account their individual and professional goals
- engaging in networking with other CCP Fellows
- being accepted into the CCP alumni network
- For fellowship holders who are concentrating on one of the core themes of CCP:
- a professional event participation
For participants from abroad, ifa will pay the following expenses:
- a monthly stipend of 550 euros
- as well as the payment for round-trip flights,
- lodging, a monthly pass for public transportation within the fellow’s city of residency,
- health insurance,
- and the payment of any necessary visa fees
For German participants, ifa will pay the following expenses:
- a 550 euro monthly stipend
- plus a 550 euro monthly housing allowance,
- round-trip airfare reimbursement,
- reimbursement of any incurred visa fees,
- health insurance
*It is not intended for participants to bring along spouses or children. The ifa doesn’t pay any expenses or take on any liability for additional people. The scholarship amount indicated above is subject to financial approval by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Candidates from the following countries can apply for Cross Culture Programme Fellowships:
- Palestinian Territories
- Republic of Moldova
- Sri Lanka
The candidates must fulfill the following criteria to apply for Cross Culture Programme Fellowships:
- The applicant’s age at the time of application must be at least 23.
- two years or more of demonstrable professional experience, or involvement in a civil society organization in the country of origin as a volunteer.
- English proficiency, both written and spoken.
- The applicant is in sufficient health to travel for a prolonged period.
- A desirable applicant is one who has maintained a sustained level of social engagement.
- The candidate may substantiate full-time employment in their line of business.
- There is currently or will be a collaboration with a group in the target nation.
- the applicant is fluent in additional languages, particularly German.
*Students are unable to take part in the program.
People who are employed in one of the following fields are typically given fellowships:
- Policy and society
- Media and Culture
- Human Rights and Peace
- Sustainable development
- Digital civil society
- Climate justice
The following documents are required to apply for the Cross Culture Programme Fellowships:
- Curriculum vitae in English contains information about education and training, employment history, community service, and other talents
- Using this format, a letter of reference from a manager in the applicant’s home company or place of employment in their country of origin
- Photo is optional
Cross Culture Programme Fellowships application process comprises three steps:
- On this application platform, choose the relevant nation to call for applications.
- Fill out the application and upload your supporting documentation. The technology for the application cannot cache any input, so all documents must be prepared for upload before the application even launches.
- Utilize the application portal to submit the completed application.
Note: Applications submitted by email, after the deadline, or that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.
After submission of the application:
- Applicants will receive an e-mail that acknowledges the receipt of the application.
- Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Selection Board for an interview after the application deadline has passed.
- Applicants that are chosen will be notified via email as such, most likely in April 2024. Participation in the program will thereafter happen between May and November 2024.
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