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IPS programme for the Arab countries

Would you like to get to know the German Parliament?

The German Bundestag invites highly motivated graduates from the Arab region to take part in a scholarship programme in Berlin in September 2017.

The concept

In 2017, 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 2017 in Berlin. The core element of the programme is a one-week work placement with a Member of the German Bundestag. Due to the upcoming elections to the Bundestag in September 2017, this placement will take place in the Member’s constituency.

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 elections to the Bundestag in September provide a special opportunity for insight into free democratic elections.

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. A proportion of the costs of travel to the interview will be reimbursed.

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), to the German mission in your home country.

Your application should be submitted in German and include the following scanned documents:

  • Passport photo (please attach this to the first page of the application form);
  • Application form (available online at: www.bundestag.de/ips_arabisch);
  • Evidence of very good knowledge of German;
  • Personal statement of reasons for applying (maximum of two pages);
  • Copy of passport or ID card;
  • Certified copy of university degree certificate1;
  • Letter of recommendation in German or English (from a university professor or employer, assessing the applicant’s qualification for the programme).


1 Copies are officially certified when they have been signed and stamped by a recognised authority (a German or foreign public authority, an embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, a university, notary, or translator/interpreter registered with the public authorities) to confirm that they are a true copy of the original. If several photocopies are stapled together, each individual copy must be certified in this way. Unless documents are properly certified, the application cannot be processed.

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2017; Deadline for applications extended to: 15 February 2017

Please apply online to the German mission in your country!

Parliamentary coordination

The programme is coordinated at parliamentary level by the Rapporteur Group on International Exchange Programmes.

Contact

This information, along with an application form, can be found at www.bundestag.de/ips_arabisch. For further information, please send an email to: ips@bundestag.de