As a long-standing member of the board of trustees of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, German statesman Helmut Schmidt was a role model in word and deed. In his honor, the ZEIT-Stiftung and The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) first announced the Helmut Schmidt Fellowship in 2016. This prestigious position commemorates Helmut Schmidt’s life, service, and legacy by supporting the work of individuals who have shown excellence in the academic or policy spheres and demonstrate a commitment to advancing the transatlantic relationship and/or European integration. After selecting three outstanding German fellows to visit the United States, ZEIT-Stiftung and GMF expanded the Helmut Schmidt Fellowship to include American fellows to further our efforts towards U.S.-German cooperation in 2020. The research fellowship will be granted to a senior German fellow and a next-generation American fellow to work on issues related to the transatlantic relationship and the European Union, specializing either in foreign and security policy or economic and financial issues. The fellowship includes a generous monthly stipend as well as funds to cover travel and moving costs.

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About The German Marshall Fund of the United States

The German Marshall Fund of the United States strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.

Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.


About ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

Hamburg's liberal spirit and Gerd Bucerius' open-minded way of thinking are the two sources of inspiration that have made the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius what it is today. The foundation supports research and scholarship, art and culture, as well as education and training. It also initiates debates on political and social topics and provides forums for digital development.

The ZEIT-Stiftung promotes innovation in higher education and founded in 2000 the first private law school in Germany, the Bucerius Law School. The Bucerius Kunst Forum was established in 2002 as the flagship for the foundation's investment in art and culture.

The scholarship program Trajectories of Change contributes to humanities and social sciences and focuses on transformation processes in the European neighborhood. The Free Media Awards support independent media and courageous journalists in Eastern Europe. At the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance, the ZEIT-Stiftung brings together young leaders from a variety of fields to address key issues in global governance.


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