JFK Memorial Fellowship – for German Citizens, USA

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JFK Memorial Fellowship

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, which is based in the Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University, was established as an endowment in 1966 with funds from the German Federal Government and German industry.

Up to three Fellowships are granted each spring for residential research between September and June (10 months). Final selection is made by the Steering Committee of the CES.


Since its establishment in 1966, the John F. Kennedy Fellowship has been extended on a competitive basis to post-doctoral German scholars in the process of writing the Habilitation or an equivalent research work.

Applicants should indicate the preference of Harvard University for their research projects. Fellows are expected to participate in the activities and programs of CES, and to interact with faculty, Fellows, graduate students and staff.

Applicants should be working on topics focusing on Europe, transatlantic issues and/or the United States.

Eligibility Requirements for JFK Memorial Fellowship

  • German citizenship
  • The applicant must have completed all requirements for the doctorate and be in possession of the degree at the time of application
  • Graduate of a German university (or a diploma equivalent to finishing a German university)
  • Excellent command of English
  • Graduates of Harvard College and Harvard University or recipients of residential fellowships are eligible to apply after seven years
  • Applicants who are currently living in the United States are not eligible
  • Preference is given to applicants who intend to have academic careers in Germany

Fields of Research

  • Political Science
  • Contemporary History
  • Sociology
  • Political Economy
  • Economics
  • Anthropology and other Social Sciences

Duration of Fellowship Program : September 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 (10 months)

Fellowship Amount

  • $60,000 for 10 months
  • $5,000 for each accompanying child (up to 3 children) for the entire duration of the program. For each child under the age of two, an additional $1,200/month will be given for day care, and for children ages two to five an additional $900/month will be given.
  • Fellows must submit daycare provider receipts before payments will be made.
  • The stipend amount will be paid monthly over a period of ten months. An extension to stay at the Center for up to two months is possible, but additional payments will not be provided.
  • Fellowships are not extended to candidates who are unable to be in residence for ten months.
  • Up to $1,500 for travel costs related to research or participation in conferences
  • Roundtrip travel costs for the fellowship recipient and accompanying family members up to a maximum amount (covered by DAAD)
  • Health insurance, accident and liability insurance (covered by DAAD) for the Fellow only (family members may be included at their own expenses)
  • Reimbursement for Fellow’s partner or spouse for up to 4 courses for credit at the Harvard Extension School.
  • CES has arranged with the American Council on Germany for Kennedy Fellows to give public lectures to a few of their chapters in different American cities.
  • The Cost of the Fellow’s trip is paid, and Fellows are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Application Deadline for JFK Memorial Fellowship : December 1, 2010

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.