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In 2018, for the seventh time, the German Bundestag is once again offering a scholarship programme for politically engaged young graduates from the Arab region who are interested in the German parliamentary system and play an active role in promoting core democratic values in their home countries.

During an intensive four-week programme, participants have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the German parliamentary system and political decision making processes.

The programme
The programme will take place from 1 – 30 September 2018 in Berlin. The core element of the programme is a one-week work placement in the office of a Member of the German Bundestag.

The focus is also on events about the German parliamentary system along with presentations, workshops and seminars on topics such as German history and culture, freedom of religion (with a visit to a church, synagogue and mosque), minority issues, comparison of systems and approaches to experiences of dictatorship and the German culture of remembrance (Nazi dictatorship, SED dictatorship). A workshop on project management aims to support the development of individual project ideas with a view to promoting democracy and civil society in participants’ countries of origin.

The scholarship
Participants will receive a monthly scholarship of 500 euros. The Bundestag will also cover the costs of health, accident and personal liability insurance. In addition, accommodation in an apartment complex (two people sharing) will be provided free of charge, and the costs of travel to and from Berlin covered.

The selection process
The scholarship programme is aimed at highly-motivated, capable and talented young individuals from the Arab region who are open to new ideas, interested in politics and wish to play an active and responsible role in shaping the democratic future of their country.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at a German embassy in the Arab region, where an independent selection panel set up by the German Bundestag will
choose the successful candidates based on their professional, social, language and intercultural skills. Some of the costs of travel to the interview will be reimbursed, if it is not possible for this to take place in the applicant’s home country.

Eligibility criteria
-Citizenship of an Arab country
-Under the age of 35 at the start of the scholarship
-University degree
-Very good knowledge of German
-An interest in politics, and social/political commitment
Please send your completed online application documents by email as a PDF-file, with the file name consisting of your surname followed by your given name (i.e. surname-first name), by e-mail to the German Embassy in Kuwait


Deadline for applications: 31 January 2018

Would you like to get to know the German Parliament?

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