Application and Selection

The German Marshall Fund encourages and accepts nominations of emerging leaders from all professional backgrounds, including politics, government, the media, business, and the non-profit sector. The application process includes nominations, an online application, letters of recommendation, and a selection interview.

Candidates may only apply twice for the fellowship and may not apply in consecutive years. The exception to this rule is for candidates with only one year of eligibility remaining, who may reapply for a second consecutive year. Candidates who anticipate any inability to participate during the designated timeframe must apply in future selection cycles, as deferrals are only granted in emergency situations and applying with intent to defer may result in cancellation of the fellowship.

Nominees that meet the eligibility requirements will receive an invitation to complete the online application. Only candidates who submit all required materials (including two letters of recommendation) by the application deadline will be considered. Applications are then reviewed by the selection committee, and the leading candidates will receive an invitation for an interview. All candidates will be notified of their selection decision in writing one week after the interview process has concluded.