Frequently Asked Questions

Re. Dialogue Sessions


Who are the partners of GGF?

The program was initiated by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), along with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. GGF is jointly implemented by GPPi, the Hertie School of Governance, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, the Tokyo Foundation, Keio University, Ashoka University, the Centre for Policy Research, Princeton University and Brookings Institution. It is generously funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

What is the best way to stay up to date with GGF developments during and between the sessions?

The best way to stay up to date with the program is to keep in contact with other fellows and the program team at GPPi via email (GGF mailing list) and an online collaboration platform to which the fellows and team will have access. The program team will send regular email updates to fellows, and all fellows are encouraged to communicate and share updates via the GGF mailing list and online platform.

Will fellows produce content for the GGF program?

Yes. Each of the three working groups will produce a final report. In addition, the fellows are encouraged, and will receive support, to produce content and disseminate their results through op-eds, policy papers and the GGF website. The GGF program collaborates closely with the Global Policy Journal at the London School of Economics to regularly publish program related op-eds by GGF fellows. In addition, the fellows will present their reports to experts at the final session in Berlin.

What will happen between the workshops? What is the necessary time commitment?

GGF aims to minimize the workload of the fellows between the dialogue sessions. Nonetheless, all fellows are expected to contribute an average of eight hours between each session to advance the writing of the final report. During the  phase of writing the final reports, the fellows are required to coordinate, collaborate and participate through phone conferences to complete the reports together. Beyond the duration of a GGF round, the fellows are encouraged to remain involved in an active and growing alumni network and to build connections with the next round of fellows.

What is the purpose of the scenario planning methodology?

Please have a look at the GGF method page for information.

What happens during the sessions? What is the balance between group work, expert meetings, presentations and cultural activities?

In general, each dialogue session will include time spent within and across working groups, meetings with experts and speakers, cultural activities and participation in presentations. The program aims to achieve a balance between these elements, and GGF fellows are expected to partake in all GGF program–related activities during the dialogue sessions. During the sessions, more time will be spent within the working groups in order to achieve the groups’ objectives. For more information about the dialogue sessions, please have a look at the GGF 2025 dialogue sessions page.

Re. Eligibility


Can fellows from the previous rounds of GGF apply again?

No. Fellows can participate in only one round of the program.

Can students and alumni of the organizing institutions apply?

Yes. These applications are processed in the same way as the other applications. However, current employees (for example, research associates, research assistants and fellows) of GPPi and the Robert Bosch Stiftung are ineligible to apply.

Do I need to have prior experience with the other countries – China, Germany, India, Japan or the US – before applying?

You need to have a strong interest in connecting with young professionals from the other countries. GGF is open to those with or without a deep knowledge of the other countries to allow for a good mix of experiences.

Are there any quotas in the selection process?

No. However, the GGF program aims to bring together a diverse mix of fellows from different backgrounds (from, for instance, the private and public sector, academia, think tanks, NGOs and international organizations).

Do I need to be an expert in the program’s topics?

Expertise in the field of the program’s topics in an academic or professional context, or through extracurricular engagement, is definitely an asset. However, we are looking for fellows with a strong desire and clear commitment to make a difference in their respective fields of activity – not for narrow specialists.

Are there restrictions with respect to disciplines (degree programs) and professional fields?

No. As long as you can make a case for your contribution to the program, there are no restrictions with respect to disciplines and fields of professional experience.

Are students currently enrolled in degree programs eligible to apply?

Yes. Students currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD program (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. However, they are expected to take time off from their studies during the GGF dialogue sessions.

Does time spent in a PhD program count towards years of work experience?

Yes. Applicants who are enrolled in or have completed doctoral programs can use their PhD program time to count towards years of work experience.

I am a Chinese citizen who holds a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Hong Kong SAR passport holders are considered Chinese citizens.

I hold a People’s Republic of China passport with a Taiwan Compatriot Entry Permit. Am I eligible to apply?

No. Only holders of a People's Republic of China passport are eligible to apply.

I am a citizen of China, Germany, India, Japan or the US but do not currently reside in my home country. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Your citizenship, not your current country of residence, is the decisive factor.

Do I have to be a Chinese, German, Indian, Japanese or US citizen to apply?

Yes. The only exceptions are German Bildungsinländer (German permanent residents who completed their high school educations in Germany), as well as US green-card holders who have completed at least parts of their university educations in the US. Holders of multiple passports need to clearly state whether they are applying as Chinese, German, Indian, Japanese or US candidates.

Re. Application


I would like to follow up on my application. What is the best way to do so?

Short-listed applicants will be invited to a phone interview by the GGF team at GPPi in late November. All applicants who have applied will receive a response on the final outcome of their application no later than January 20, 2016. If you do not hear back from the GGF team by this date, please email with your queries. 

Do I have to be physically present during each of the dialogue sessions?

Yes. Successful candidates are asked to sign a letter of agreement confirming their attendance at all four dialogue sessions of the program. In addition, they will be asked to present written confirmation from their employers agreeing to the time commitment needed to participate in all four sessions.

Can I switch working groups after the program has already started?

No. After fellows are selected for one of the three working groups by the program team and steering committee, they will be working alongside their peers in the working group for the duration of the program.

Can I submit an additional CV or other documents with further information?

No. Please provide all relevant information in the application form (a Microsoft Word version of the application form is also available). Additional documents, such as CVs or diplomas, will not be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Who should write the letters of recommendation? Do they have to be professional or academic recommendations, and can there be personal references?

Your application package must include at least one letter of recommendation, but no more than two (the second is optional). Letters of recommendation should come from professional and/or academic referees. Ideally, these should be recent, and a letter from your current employer is very much encouraged. Personal references (i.e., from a friend or relative) will not be accepted.

How should I submit the letter(s) of recommendation?

Please submit letters of recommendation with the rest of your application documents via email to by the closing date of midnight Pacific Time on November 15, 2015. There is no requirement of confidentiality regarding the content of the letters vis-à-vis the applicant. In the event that the applicant’s referee insists on confidentiality, the referee can email the letter directly to, indicating the applicant’s name and date of birth. Letters of recommendation sent before the submission of your application package are also accepted.

Where can I get advice on the application process for GGF?

All information regarding the application process can be found on the GGF website in the application section or on this (FAQ) page. Interested applicants (and their employers) can contact the GGF team by emailing with questions that are not covered in the FAQ section.

Are early applications encouraged?

Yes. Early applications are encouraged in case the GGF team needs further information from a candidate. However, evaluation of the applications will start only after the deadline of midnight Pacific Time on November 15, 2015.

Will I receive confirmation of the submission of my application?

Yes. Once you have submitted a complete application, you will receive a brief email message. Please note that this can take up to three working days – longer, during the holiday season.

Where can I apply for GGF 2027?

To apply for GGF, please visit the application section of this website and follow the instructions. Note that the deadline for applications will be strictly enforced. All applications arriving after the deadline of midnight Pacific Time on November 15, 2015 will not be accepted. Please check your local time difference accordingly.

Re. Logistics


Does GGF provide child-care service during the sessions?

No. However, GGF is willing to discuss options regarding local child-care services for parenting fellows. If this is the case, we advise successful candidates to notify the GGF team at the earliest possible date to make the appropriate arrangements.

If I am successfully chosen to participate in GGF, can I bring my partner along to the dialogue sessions?

In principle, yes. But the program is not tailored for this. Please note that GGF does not cover any of the dialogue session–related expenses incurred by partners of GGF fellows. Fellows will need to take care of all expenses incurred by their partners (flight, accommodation, meals, etc.).

Will the organizers take care of the visa?

No. GGF fellows will need to organize visas for themselves and do so well ahead of time. The GGF team at GPPi will support the fellows in the process with invitation letters. For the Washington, DC, session, Chinese and Indian fellows need to obtain visas; for the Beijing session, all non-Chinese fellows need visas; for the Tokyo session, Chinese and Indian fellows need visas; for the New Delhi session, Japanese fellows can obtain on-arrival visas, while all other non-Indian fellows need visas; for the Berlin session, Chinese and Indian fellows need visas. Fellows are responsible for submitting a timely application for their visas. Visa fees will be covered as part of the travel cap for each dialogue session.

Have the dates for the four meetings been set?

The first meeting in Washington, DC, will take place May 8–12, 2016. The second meeting in Tokyo and Beijing is scheduled for September 18–24, 2016, the third meeting in New Delhi will take place between January 15–19, 2017, and the final meeting in Berlin will take place between June 11–15, 2017.

Re. Travel and Expenses


Will I need to get health insurance before travelling for the dialogue sessions?

Yes. GGF does not provide health insurance coverage, nor are the program and its partners liable for any costs incurred by fellows because of an accident. Therefore, fellows are responsible for obtaining their own health insurance before travelling for the program. Please note that depending on your visa requirements, you may have to provide proof of health insurance before entering any of the host countries.

Does GGF insure me against the loss, theft or damage of my personal belongings during the dialogue sessions?

No. All responsibility for personal items and valuables belongs to the fellows alone. GGF and its partners are not responsible for any loss, damage or theft of fellows' belongings throughout the duration of GGF and thereafter.

Who organizes the transportation and accommodation during each dialogue session? How much can fellows spend on transportation and accommodation?

Fellows are required to organize their own travel plans and visa application ahead of time to attend each dialogue session. Each session has a fixed travel cap assigned to it. Depending on the region you are traveling from, the program has different travel caps, which will be applied. Travel caps cover only expenses directly related to transportation to/from each session and, where applicable, visa fees. Successful applicants will be informed of the travel caps applicable to them ahead of the first session.

Fellows will be reimbursed for their travel expenses after each session. Reimbursements will only be made after the GGF team has received a fellow’s proof of payment for his/her ticket purchase, boarding passes/stubs and visa application receipt. Original receipts and boarding passes are required for program-related accounting purposes.

Accommodation for all GGF dialogue sessions will be organized by the GGF team. Accommodation covers the night prior to the start of the session until the morning after the final day of the session.

Important: No reimbursements can be made without proof of receipts and flight boarding passes.

What types of expenses are covered during my participation in the GGF dialogue sessions?

All fellows will have program-related expenses covered. These include transportation (flight, train, bus) expenses to and from the dialogue sessions, public transportation from the airport to the hotel and back, visa fees, accommodation, meals during the dialogue sessions and other program-related expenses (e.g., cultural activities). GGF does not cover travel or additional costs incurred by fellows' personal expenses (or that of their partner) before, during or after the sessions.