Congress Bundestag Exchange Grants
Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012
Indiana University students Kimberly Day and John Becker have been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a
year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany.
These students were selected as part of a group of 75 participants
(among more than 500 applicants) for this unique fellowship program.
Since 1984, over 1,600 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to
gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany,
and these students will be participating in the 29th year of the CBYX
While in Germany on CBYX, Ms. Day and Mr. Becker will attend a
two-month intensive German language course, study at a German
university or professional school for four months, and complete a
five-month internship with a German company in their career fields.
Participants are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to
learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.
Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and
the German Parliament [Bundestag], the CBYX program is financially
supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US
Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act.
Participants come from nearly every career field, and from all over the
The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, STEM
(scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical), agricultural,
and vocational fields, though candidates in all fields are encouraged
to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and experience in
their professional fields. German language ability is not required,
but is strongly recommended. Interested applicants can visit
www.cbyx.info for more information.
CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants
like Ms. Day and Mr. Becker will experience life in Germany, young
German professionals will live here in the United States during the
upcoming academic year. German participants study at US colleges in
the fall and work in local businesses in the spring, all while living
with an American host. CBYX for Young Professionals is currently
looking for interested host families, host companies, and host colleges
who would like to take part in this exciting cultural exchange. Anyone
interested in becoming involved in the program or hosting a German
participant can find out more by visiting