CrossCulture Programme

About the programme:
The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) offers young professionals and committed volunteers the opportunity to expand their area of professional expertise and to gather intercultural experience through a work stay in another cultural context. Since 2005, the programme provides funding and support for professionals working in different civil society sectors. CCP is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by ifa/Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

With the CrossCulture Programme, ifa reinforces its commitment to the promotion of intercultural dialogue and exchange. Young professionals and committed volunteers from Germany and different Islamic countries as well as Eastern Partnership countries and Russia are afforded the opportunity to gather professional expertise and intercultural experience. As part of the programme, fellowship holders from abroad complete an eight- to twelve-week internship in Germany (the duration of the internship may vary depending on the country of origin). The participation in the CrossCulture Programme furthermore provides fellowship holders with the opportunity to establish personal and professional contacts and to familiarise themselves with the cultural specificities and work environment in Germany. Moreover, the CrossCulture Programme offers a platform for intercultural dialogue and exchange. Fellowship holders are invited to share their experiences with the professional communities in their home country in order to promote the building and maintenance of international relations and cross-border networks.
Thus, the programme offers a forum for open dialogue and mutual learning for all involved. For further information about CCP and the application process, please see our CCP Website www.ifa.de/crossculture and our FAQ section.

Requirements to participate in the CrossCulture Programme: 
Eligible candidates are expected to have a good command of English. Knowledge of German is welcomed but not required for the participation in the programme. Furthermore, candidates are expected to demonstrate their long-term commitment in a civil society or other relevant organisation in their home country. The age restriction for the participation in the CrossCulture Programme is 23 to 45 years. Moreover, candidates ought to be in a good physical condition, respectively possess the physical as well as mental working capacity for a long stay abroad. and a permanent involvement in an organisation or institution in one’s own country.
Applications from currently enrolled university students cannot be considered for selection. 
Eligible applicants should possess the nationality of one of the programme countries listed below. Please apply only, if you are a national of the respective country or acquired a long-term residence permit.

Call for applications 2018: 
The application has to be submitted exclusively online (via this application portal).
Please prepare the following documents for the upload:
1. a letter of motivation, stating your reasons for applying for a fellowship in Germany, your expectations (experiences and learning outcomes) as well as the period most suitable for your participation. 
2. your CV with information about your current professional situation and position in your home organisation
3. recommendation letter from your home organisation, expressing their willingness to grant leave of absence as well as their interest in regards to your participation (networking and/or capacity building)
4. a portrait photograph

Templates for the letter of motivation and the recommendation letter can be found online on our website.
Please make sure to have all required documents ready before starting with the application process. The application system does not allow to save incomplete applications and resume at a later point. Only complete applications including the above mentioned documents can be considered.
We strongly recommend to apply via a computer. Applications via smartphone or tablet which contain no attachments cannot be considered.

Deadline for applications is 12 January 2018.

Selection Procedure:
The selection of suitable candidates will be accomplished by ifa in consultation with the German Embassy or Diplomatic Mission in the respective country of origin. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview at a German Embassy or via Skype in February or March 2018.
The final selection of CrossCulture fellowship holders will be done in close cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. The results will be communicated until the end of April 2018. There is no recourse to legal action.

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