The Germany Close Up Fellowship

An Open Program for Students and Young Professionals

in Affiliation with the Orthodox Union

May 26th – June 5th, 2015

Background

Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up – American Jews Meet Modern Germany is an initiative created to enrich transatlantic dialogue and provide Jewish-North American students and young professionals in their twenties and thirties with an opportunity to experience modern Germany up close and personally. A generous government scholarship (a part of the ERP Special Assets of the German Ministry for Economics and Technology) covers more than two thirds of participation costs, which leaves a participation fee of $890* per person. At the same time, Germany Close Up is an independent body regarding the organization and content of its programs. The purpose of the program is to allow participants to gain their own perspective on Germany through individual experience.

Focus

The trips are designed to expose participants to a range of aspects that make up modern Germany, with both the past and present in focus. Every Germany Close Up trip includes a number of activities, tours, and meetings. All trips cover issues related to Germany’s reflection on its past and its efforts to deal with the memory of the Holocaust and the Nazi horror up to this very day. They also consider Germany’s transformation over the last decades into a modern, reunified, and democratic country in the heart of the European Union, home to the third-fastest growing Jewish community worldwide.

Observing Shabbat and keeping a kosher diet are obligatory on this trip.

The 11-day program between May 26th and June 5th (start in the US will be May 25th) will expose participants to Berlin’s multicultural life, allow them to visit sites such as a former concentration camp, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and to experience other key historical sites and cultural venues. They will meet with German opinion-makers from the academic and political spheres, representatives of grass roots movements and the Jewish community, as well as German contemporaries. The role of Jewish voices in transatlantic relations will be explored as participants actively contribute to German-American dialogue. 

The program will focus on the following topics:

Participation Fee

The participation fee for this program is $890*. This fee will be paid indirectly to Germany Close Up via a flight contribution. After acceptance to the program, each participant is expected to book their airline ticket with economy class and to provide proof of purchase to Germany Close Up. Participants will be expected to land in Berlin and return home from Munich. In most cases this expense will cover the $890* fee. If your air fare is lower than $890, the remainder is due to the Orthodox Union following the program’s conclusion. If your air fare is more than $890, you may be eligible for a flight reimbursement from Germany Close Up for the difference between $890 and your actual flight costs. Please note, however, that reimbursements have a maximum cap. For participants departing from the New York or Washington D.C. greater metropolitan areas the maximum ticket cost Germany Close Up allows for is $900. For participants departing from anywhere else in the United States or Canada the maximum ticket cost Germany Close Up allows for is $1150. This means you will receive a maximum reimbursement of $10/$260 ($900/$1150 max ticket cost minus the $890* registration fee). This is to ensure the participation fee remains the same while participants may come from across the Unites States and Canada. Reimbursement will take place several weeks after the program’s conclusion and will be coordinated by the Orthodox Union. Please note that the reimbursement process can take up to three months.

* The participation fee of $890 is made up of an $870 participation fee for Germany Close Up and a $20 administration fee for the Orthodox Union.

Once you have been accepted for the trip, we encourage you to begin researching flights ASAP due to the maximum reimbursement levels and the rising cost of airfares as the trip dates near.

Other expenses

Germany Close Up covers the following expenses in Germany: hotel accommodation in double rooms, most meals, transportation within Germany, admission fees and event tickets. The scholarship does not include tipping. Please keep in mind that you will need to pay around 50€ (roughly $75) for tips.

For any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the Germany Close Up office (office@germanycloseup.de).

Application

Application closes on February 15th, 2015.

Please apply online via our website www.germanycloseup.de and be prepared to attach the documents listed below as a single pdf file (please no ZIP files). Please also send a copy of your attachments to OU_2015@germanycloseup.de.

The documents we require to complete your application are:

  • An online application form
  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • A 500 word essay about your

interest in the program

  • One letter of recommendation (OU external)

www.germanycloseup.de

Germany Close Up is administered by Action Reconciliation Services for Peace and Foundation New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum. It is supported and subsidized by the Transatlantic Program, as part of the German Federal Government’s European Recovery Program.