Call for Applications, CrossCulture Programme 2018 in Germany!

Deadline:  12 January 2018
Open to: applicants between the ages of 23 and 45 years old
Benefits: a monthly grant of 550 Euro, travel costs to Germany and urban public transport, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation, travel and subsistence expenses


The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) is an exchange and dialogue programme of ifa (Institut für Auslands­beziehungen), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Since 2005 it offers young professionals and committed volunteers the opportunity to expand their professional and political competence as well as to gather international experience through a stay in another cultural context.

CCP transfers our commitment to intercultural dialogue into action. It gives young professionals from Germany and various Islamic countries as well as Eastern Partnership countries and Russia the chance to gather varied experiences abroad within their fields of professional activity and to share those experiences back in their home countries. Besides the objectives of vocational and specialist qualification, the participants also gain an overview of the cultural, social and political structures in the host country. They establish new personal and professional contacts and familiarise themselves with cultural characteristics of the host country. Thus, the programme offers a forum for open dialogue and mutual learning for all involved. The intercultural exchange fosters on-going dialogue and boosts the formation of networks between organisations in Germany and the countries involved in a sustained manner. Further information about CCP on


Applicants should show a good command of English and a permanent involvement in an organisation or institution in one’s own country. Knowledge of the German language is an additional qualification, not a requirement. Applicants should be aged between 23 to 45 years. Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection. Furthermore, the applicants must be in good health. Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the internship.
Eligible applicants should have the nationality of one of the countries listed below. Please apply only, if you are a national of the respective country or live there on a permanent basis.


Grants for each fellowship vary by the duration of stay, but a full monthly grant for living expenses is 550 EUR for fellows from abroad. In addition, the following costs are covered by ifa:

  • accommodation in Germany
  • health insurance
  • travel expenses incl. visa fees
  • public transportation at destination city

For fellows from Germany the full monthly grant for living expenses is 1100 EUR. These include costs for accomodation and local transport in the host country. In addition, the following costs are covered by ifa:

  • health insurance
  • refund of travel expenses (economy flight) incl. visa fee

Travel expenses

The round trip flight is booked and paid by ifa. Once your travel arrangements have been confirmed and you have received your ticket it is not possible to change its schedule.  Extra or oversize luggage that is not included in your ticket cannot be covered by ifa.

Health insurance

You will be informed about the conditions of health insurance and the services provided by ifa when you receive the Fellowship Award Letter.


CCP fellows from abroad will be provided with furnished accommodation in Germany - either a room in a shared apartment or within a family or a small apartment with bathroom and cooking facilities. Electricity, heating and water are included. Internet access or a phone might not be available in the apartment, but can be bought by the CCP fellow.

The apartment and the interior furnishings have to be treated with care by the CCP fellow. Guests are only allowed to stay for a few days after consultation with the owner of the apartment. Costs of any major damages to the apartment, furniture or electrical items have to be covered by the CCP fellow.


The application has to be submitted exclusively online (via this application portal). Please prepare the following templates for the upload:
1. a letter of motivation, describing your reasons to apply for an internship in Germany, your expectations (experiences and learning) as well as the period most suitable for your participation. 
2. your CV with information about your current professional position
3. recommendation by your home organisation, showing their interest for your participation in the programme and their willingness to grant a leave of absence
4. a portrait photograph
All templates are also to be found on our website.
Please have all required documents at hand before starting the application, since the system does not allow to temporary save an incomplete application and resume at a later point. Only complete applications including the a.m. documents will be processed! We strongly recommend applying via a computer in order to be able to upload these mandatory attachments. Applications via smartphone or tablet, which contain no attachments, cannot be accepted!

Deadline for applications is 12 January 2018.

Selection Procedure:
ifa will screen all applications in cooperation with the German Embassies. Some applicants might be invited to an interview at the German Embassy or for a skype interview. The final selection of CrossCulture participants is done in close cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.
The nomination of the participants will be announced end of April 2018. Letters of refusal will be sent out without further explanations.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.