Program History

In September 1984, the first group of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows arrived in Germany for a professional development program. Every year since, a group of highly accomplished Americans, some of them accompanied by their spouses and families, have been afforded this unique opportunity to become personally acquainted with Germany’s political, economic and social situation.

Bosch Fellows have gained an insider’s perspective on the German working world, made a wide variety of contacts with key figures, and achieved a better understanding of the German and European views of global problems and conflicting interests. Seminars within Germany and throughout Europe have provided an introduction to the complexities of the European Union.

Through this fellowship program, the Robert Bosch Stiftung aims to contribute to the long-term stabilization and growth of German-American relations. The Americans selected to participate in this program foster a personal commitment to a common goal of greater transatlantic understanding.

About Robert Bosch Stiftung
Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. It represents the philanthropic and social endeavors of founder Robert Bosch (1861-1942) and fulfills his legacy by taking on challenges of modern day society, developing forward-looking concepts, and putting them into practice.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung works predominantly in the fields of international relations, health, and education. The Robert Bosch Stiftung, the objectives of which are exclusively non-profit, holds 92% of the capital stock of Robert Bosch GmbH. Since 1964, the foundation has provided over one billion Euros in funding.