STEM and Enterprise Learning and Understanding New Career Horizons (STEM & Enterprise LAUNCH)

 STEM and Enterprise LAUNCH 2024

Connecting emerging leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Germany’s industry, business, research & academic institutions, to foster long-term connections and international careers.

In 2024, the STEM & Enterprise LAUNCH program spans up to 14 days and includes visits to Berlin and the city of Halle (Saale). Both cities boast a variety of research and career opportunities while allowing for a complementary experience in Germany’s capital and one of its dynamic regional centers. During the study tour, participants visit leading research institutions, start-ups, SMEs, corporations, and universities. Additionally, they interact with decision makers at the federal, state, and municipal levels to gain exclusive insights into how German politics and society are shaped. Cultural immersion experiences round off the program and allow for insights into everyday life in Germany.

The program also aims to strengthen the existing sister city relationships between Halle (Saale) and Savannah, GA as well as Berlin and Los Angeles, CA. As such, students at Savannah State University and Charles R. Drew University are especially encouraged to apply to the program and strengthen ties between their respective sister cities.


Application Deadline: Sunday, 11 February, 2024

All required fields in this application must be answered completely.


Costs and Benefits

Participation Fee: $2,500

The majority of program costs are covered by a generous grant by the Transatlantic Program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Climate Action, offsetting costs for participants significantly. The program fee covers flights from a central departure point in the U.S., accommodations in Germany, all transportation within Germany, meetings with STEM, business, and political contacts in Germany, cultural immersion and historical excursions, and meals during the program.

Program Dates

Application deadline: Sunday, 11 February, 2024

Notification of selected participants: Between Friday, February 16 and Friday, February 23, 2024

Pre-departure seminar: March to May, 2024

Travel dates: May 12, 2024 (departure in the U.S.) to May 25, 2024 (departure in Germany): Program to Germany *

Post-program engagement: June to August 2024

*Dates to be confirmed (TBC).*

**Participation in all components of the program as well as the accompanying virtual preparation seminar is mandatory.**

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for students:
  • Student applicants must be enrolled at an HBCU in the United States at the time of application (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students are accepted)
  • Fields eligible to participate include sciences, technical fields, engineering, mathematics, architecture, or various business fields (international business, marketing, finance, etc.).
  • Student applicants must indicate how program participation could benefit their future personal and professional goals
  • Student applicants must indicate how they envision their future roles to further positively impact German-U.S. relations
  • Student applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • No prior German language knowledge is required
Eligibility criteria for faculty members:
  • Faculty applicants must be instructors, assistant professors, or full professors at an HBCU at the time of application and must actively be teaching in one of the following areas: sciences, technical fields, engineering, mathematics, architecture, and various business fields (international business, marketing, finance, etc.).
  • Faculty applicants must indicate how program participation may benefit their future personal and professional goals
  • Faculty applicants must indicate how they envision their participation will help to increase international mobility, preferably to Germany, for students at HBCUs in the future
  • No prior German language knowledge is required

Application Directions

**Please note that once started, the application is only saved upon full submission. Should you wish to print a copy of your application, please do so prior to submitting. It is recommended that applicants have all required documents (resumes, written materials, etc.) ready and in PDF format prior to begining the application. No other format types are supported and any materials submitted in other formats will not be accepted, deeming the application incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be processed.**

1. Prepare electronic versions of the following items; you will upload them at the end of this application:

• Current C.V. or Resume (Limit 2 pages, PDF format) *all applicants
• Scan of biographical page of Passport or other government issued I.D. *all applicants
• Copy of certificate of enrollment *student applicants only
• Most recent official transcript *student applicants only
• Letter of recommendation *all applicants

2. Complete this form in entirety including the essay questions.

3. Upload the required documents

4. Review and agree to program terms and conditions

5. Submit 

Personal Information

Provide your full name AS IT APPEARS IN YOUR PASSPORT (*Information below must match your passport or other government-issued ID*)

Application Category

Please indicate whether you are applying as a student or faculty member: *

Biographical Information

Gender *
Please list your Country of Residency

Current Contact Address

Home Address (if different from current address)

Academic & Professional Experience

Provide most relevant work experience in the targeted field.

International Experience

Do you have any previous experience travelling to Germany?

Program Information

Emergency Contact Information

Please give the name and contact information of a spouse, relative and/or close friend which Cultural Vistas can contact in case of an emergency in which we cannot reach you.

Essay Questions

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Supporting Documents

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Program Terms and Conditions

Read and check each statement below to indicate agreement:

I hereby agree to the following terms and conditions:
If you have any questions about these program conditions, program details, or need assistance submitting an application, please contact Cultural Vistas at 

Application Deadline: Sunday, 11. February, 2024

Cultural Vistas - Washington, D.C. Office
1250 H Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005