Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards ten German Chancellor Fellowships annually to young professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors who are citizens of the United States. The program sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country through their profession or studies. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. The Fellowship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research. The program begins September 1 and lasts twelve months. It is preceded by language classes in Germany. Monthly stipends range from 2,000 to 3,000 EUR, and allowances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and introductory German language instruction in the United States. Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree and be under 35 years of age at the start of the award.