Call for Applications – Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance 2013/2014

A call is launched for applications of the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The fellowship program further qualifies the next generation of executives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine in the field of good governance and thus fosters responsible action in the public sector (public administration, public companies, non-profit organizations, etc.).

20 German speaking young professionals are invited to participate in seminars on “Good Governance” and to work on a project between August 2013 and August 2014. The main seminar takes place in Berlin and Warsaw from August 31 to September 21, 2013. In a follow-up project they will contribute to future cooperation in Europe. The participants get to know examples of implementing politics and good governance in Germany and the EU. They are thus able to gain exclusive insights into political life and establish contacts.

Prof. Günter Verheugen, former vice president of the European Commission, accompanies the participants as director of the Kolleg.

Please note that the working language of the whole program is German. Further information is attached and available under Application deadline is set for February 28, 2013.

Important Information for Applicants

You may apply if you have

–    Armenia, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Moldovan, Russian, Turkish or Ukrainian citizenship,

–    residency and work in this region,

–    a university degree with outstanding grades,

– first professional experience in the public sector (public administration, a publicly-owned company, non-profit organization, etc.) and support from your employer,

–    a specific idea for a project and an interest in good governance and policy,

–    social responsibility and engagement, leadership qualities, and

–    very good knowledge of German and knowledge of English.

The application takes place in three steps:

1. Online Application

Please apply using our online form:

You can save your information as you fill out the online form and change your data until the application deadline.

Applications sent via email or post will not be accepted.

The application deadline is February 28, 2013.

The following documents are required for your application:

–  Curriculum vitae according to the questions on the application form

(in German)

–  Motivation letter (1,000 characters, in German). Your letter should respond to the following:

1. Please describe your motivation and expectations for the Kolleg.

2. Why is your participation in the Kolleg important for your work at your home institution?

–  Project outline of your planned project (max. 3,000 characters, in German): What kind of changes does your project try to achieve? What are your expected results? How is your project connected to your work and how does it relate to good governance?

 You are also asked to scan and upload the following original documents (in jpg, gif, or pdf format):

 –    Your university degree

 –    Proof of German-language skills (only the most recent certificate)

 –    Photograph (optional)

 –    A letter of recommendation from your employer

 The letter of recommendation must be from your current employer (at least from your direct boss). Recommendations from private persons, friends or relatives will not be accepted.

 The letter of recommendation should include: your first and last name, birth place and birthday (for easy identification), information about the form and length of your cooperation and of course the recommendation itself, which should discuss your personality, strengths and weaknesses, your field of work and opportunities for further development.

 In addition, the recommendation should be specifically written for the

2013 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg application and can be written in German or English on official paper with a signature and contact information.

We recommend submitting the letter of recommendation as part of the first application step, but we also allow applicants to wait until they reach the second round.

2. Pre-selection

After reviewing the online applications, the Robert Bosch Stiftung will make the first selections. Chosen applicants must then hand in the letter of recommendation from their employer within two weeks, if it has not already been sent.

3. Personal interviews

Once the pre-selection process is completed, a commission will choose up to 40 candidates for personal interviews. Invitations for personal interviews will be sent out by mid-April.

The interviews will take place in mid-May in Berlin, most likely from

May 16 to 17, 2013.

The interviews consist of three parts:

1. A speech by the Kolleg director Prof. Günter Verheugen and a group discussion, followed by dinner (with all applicants)

2. Short presentation of your project outline (alone)

3. Conversation about your aims and motivation (in pairs)

You will be notified of our final decision by the end of May at the latest.

Please note: Only the German information on the homepage is valid and binding.