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CCP Fellowships - Strenghtening Civil Societies


With the CCP Fellowships, the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) funds around 120 professionals and committed volunteers from 46 countries each year. During six months of online-based training with host organisations in Germany or in CCP partner countries, participants deepen their expertise and acquire intercultural skills. In turn, the host organisations benefit from the expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP fellows. The participants then bring their gained experiences into their home organisation.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions, the scholarship will be offered as a remote fellowship in 2021.

Whom Is the Programme Designed for?

Fellowships are principally awarded to people working in one of the following fields:

  • Policy and society
  • Media and culture
  • Human rights and peace
  • Sustainable development

In addition, from 2019 to 2023 Civic and citizenship education and Digital civil society will be the focus for those interested in applying for compatible host organisations.

Civic and Citizenship Education

Civic and citizenship education provides both young people and adults with the knowledge and skills that enable them to shape society. Against the background of current challenges such as populism, fake news and hate speech, non-formal political education, especially in connection with digital media, is gaining in importance for an active and democratically organised civil society. People working in civic and citizenship education and pursuing goals in the fields of work listed above will be supported with these key issues.

Digital Civil Society

Digitisation refers not only to technical innovation, but also to fundamental societal, social and political change that proceeds at a rapid pace. In this context, civil society actors are confronted simultaneously with new challenges and new opportunities. The digital divide that arises between population-groups is an omnipresent challenge of digitisation. At the same time, civil society actors are using digital tools to strengthen the inclusion of marginalised groups. CCP aims to support people facing the challenges of digitisation and using its opportunities for the benefit of the wider society.

Participating Countries

Countries currently participating in the programme are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan.

What Does the Funding Include?

Remote fellowships provide digital exchange, collaboration measures and specialist trainings. Here in particular:

  • a monthly stipend of 350 Euro over 6 months
  • Digital exchange, collaboration and workshops with CCP fellowship holders, NGOs and alumni from the CCP countries
  • Online specialist trainings considering the fellows’ individual and professional aims
  • Technical and financial support to enable the participation in digital measures

What Are the Prerequisites?

  • The applicant must be between the ages of 23 and 45 at the time of the application.
  • Good written and spoken English skills.
  • At least two years of proven professional experience or volunteer work in a civil society organisation in the country of origin.
  • The applicant is in good health for a longer stay abroad.


  • The applicant has been and is socially engaged for the long-term.
  • The applicant can prove full-time experience in his or her field of work.
  • A collaboration with an organisation in the target country is in progress or planned.
  • The applicant possesses other language skills, particularly, German language skills.

Exclusionary Criteria for the Application

Students cannot participate in the programme.

Application in 3 Steps

  1. Open the ifa application portal (also see button below) and select the fellowship of your choice.
  2. Complete the application form and upload your documents. Since the application system cannot cache any input, all documents should be ready for the upload at the start of the application.
  3. Submit the completed application online via the application portal.

Incomplete applications, applications sent by email and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

What Application Documents Are Required?

  • Curriculum vitae in English with details about education/training, work experience, volunteering and other skills
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s home organisation/workplace in the applicant’s country of origin, for example from a supervisor
  • Photo is optional

Application Deadline

The call for applications for CCP Fellowships for the year 2022 will start in late autumn 2021.

What Happens after Applying?

Applicants receive an e-mail that acknowledges the receipt of the application.

Applications will be reviewed by selection committees composed of ifa and the German Embassy/consulate in the respective country. Grants are awarded according to a competitive selection process.

Selected applicants will be informed by ifa in due course. Candidates rejected on formal grounds or with respect to the eligibility criteria are notified via e-mail as soon as the decision has been made. Please note that ifa does not make known the reason(s) why an application is rejected. Your understanding is much appreciated.

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