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) have been awarding the Helmut Schmidt Fellowship since 2016. This prestigious position commemorates Helmut Schmidt’s life, service, and legacy by supporting the work of individuals who are committed to advancing the German-American relationship and/or European integration. The research fellowship is 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. The fellowship includes a generous monthly stipend as well as funds to cover travel, visa, and moving costs.

The Fellow will examine themes related to how the roles of Germany and the United States in Europe and the world are evolving, as well as the implications of these developments for bilateral and wider transatlantic relations, for the future of Europe, and for global affairs.

Research Themes

The ZEIT-Stiftung and GMF invite research proposals on one or more of the following questions:

  • Transatlantic cooperation and exchange in the fields of security, foreign policy, defense, digitalization, climate change, and migration
  • Transatlantic economic and financial relations
  • Europe in transatlantic relations
  • New challenges to the transatlantic relationship

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About The German Marshall Fund of the United States

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan policy organization committed to the idea that the United States and Europe are stronger together.

GMF works on issues critical to transatlantic interests in the 21st century, including the future of democracy, security and defense, geopolitics and the rise of China, and technology and innovation. By drawing on and fostering a community of people with diverse life experiences and political perspectives, GMF pursues its mission by driving the policy debate through cutting-edge analysis and convening, fortifying civil society, and cultivating the next generation of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a tribute to the Marshall Plan, GMF is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Berlin, Brussels, Ankara, Belgrade, Bucharest, Paris, and Warsaw.

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 Beyond Borders contributes to humanities and social sciences, and focuses on borders and boundaries in past and present times. 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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