Cross Culture Programme (CCP) Fellowships for Strengthening Civil Societies

With the CCP Fellowships, the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) funds around 120 professionals and committed volunteers from 46 countries each year. During two to three months of work-related stays in host organisations in Germany or CCP partner countries, participants deepen their expertise, establish new contacts and acquire intercultural skills. In turn, the host organisations benefit from the expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP Fellows. Participants can also attend intercultural workshops, networking and professional events hosted by the CCP. After returning to their daily working lives, participants then bring the experience they have gained into their home organisation.

Deadline for Applications: 31 January 2022

In 2022, fellowships will be offered as digital as well as on-site fellowships. Subject to funding by the German Federal Foreign Office and based on their personal situation and COVID-19 entry requirements, participants may decide on one of these two options.

What Are the Prerequisites?

  • The applicant must be at least 23 years old at the time of the application.
  • At least two years of proven professional experience or volunteer work in a civil society organisation in the country of origin.
  • Good written and spoken English skills.
  • The applicant is in good health for a longer stay abroad.

Desirable:

  • The applicant has been or is socially engaged for the long term.
  • The applicant can prove full-time experience in their field of work.
  • A collaboration with an organisation in the target country is in progress or planned.
  • The applicant possesses further language skills, particularly German.

Fellowships are principally awarded to people working in one of the following fields:

  • Policy and society
  • Media and culture
  • Human rights and peace
  • Sustainable development

In addition, from 2019 to 2023, the following key topics will also be focussed on:

  • Digital civil society
  • Non-formal political education
  • Climate justice


Exclusionary Criteria for the Application: students cannot participate in the programme.

What Does the Funding Include?

Primarily, CCP Fellowships promote civil society actors, strengthening them in their work. This includes the following support and offers:

  • Collaboration with a guest organisation from the CCP network, either on site or online
  • Mentoring for the duration of the fellowship
  • Online / on site professional training in the fellow’s field of work, taking their individual and professional aims into account
  • Networking with other CCP Fellowship holders
  • Inclusion in the CCP alumni network
  • For fellowship holders focusing on one of the key topics of CCP: participation in a professional event

The ifa will cover the following costs for participants from abroad:

  • a monthly stipend of 550 euros plus the coverage of costs for round-trip airfare, accommodation, monthly public transportation ticket within the fellow’s city of residence, health insurance, reimbursement of any visa fees incurred

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