German Bundestag Celebrates 30 Years of the International Parliamentary Scholarship
120 scholarships are awarded annually for young academics from 41 nationsJune 27th, 2016
On June 23rd the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) celebrated its 30th anniversary. The program offers qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the United States, France, Israel, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Arab region the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany´s system of parliamentary government. The jubilee event took place on June 23rd. Members of the German parliament, former recipients and various representatives from embassies, universities and political foundations from Berlin were in attendance.
Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag and Head of Humboldt-University Berlin, Sabine Kunst, celebrated together alongside chosen alumni and recipients at the 30th anniversary of the IPS program. The event consisted of a vivid panel discussion and stage performances by former recipients of the program, each representing their country.
The overall 13-week work placement is under the patronage of the Bundestag president and entails various seminars and meetings in cooperation with Berlin´s universities and political foundations.
On the whole, the program’s goal is to inspire young scholars from the European, American and Arab regions and introduce them to the German parliamentary system and decision-making processes. In the long run, the IPS further calls on societal commitment in the scholars’ respective home countries to strengthen democratic processes and developments. The highlight of the IPS program, however, remains for scholars to work with one of the parliamentary members of the German Bundestag. In a wider context, it also fosters intercultural exchange and deepens bilateral relations with Germany.
Every year, 120 young people get the opportunity to gain insight into Germany´s most important political institution. The strong IPS alumni network connects former recipients across European boundaries and enables them to stay in contact even after their internship in Germany is completed.