To be considered eligible for a CBYX scholarship, you must be:
Please see below to read additional eligibility criteria from the U.S. Department of State for the 2017-2018 program year.
Previous German language study is not a requirement and all levels of language ability are encouraged to apply. Only those students who meet the basic eligibility requirements will be considered. Applicants from all racial, economic, ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are students with disabilities.
The CBYX application deadline varies based upon regional organization. Select your state in the drop-down to the left to find the deadline set by your regional organization.
Applications are evaluated based upon:
Fall 2016: Application becomes available online
December 2016 - January 2017: Applications are due (deadlines vary by implementing organization)
January 2017 - March 2017: Regional organizations select Semi-Finalists
February 2017 - April 2017: Interviews are conducted with Semi-Finalists
March 2017 - April 2017: Finalists and Alternates are announced
May 2017 - August 2017: Pre-departure preparation for all Finalists and Alternates
July 2017 - September 2017: CBYX participants depart for Germany
June 2018 - July 2018: CBYX participants return from Germany
Dates may vary based on regional organization.
2017-2018 Eligibility Policy for American Outbound Youth Programs
Eligibility: The Youth Programs Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to make youth exchange programs funded by ECA available to a wide and diverse American audience. ECA also seeks to prevent conflict of interest issues from arising with regard to Department of State employees and federal award recipients who are involved in particular scholarships and exchange programs.
This eligibility policy is in addition to any program specific requirements and applies only to U.S. participants in the following programs sponsored (funded) by the Youth Programs Division, and only for programs that include travel outside of the United States:
Participation in Multiple Programs: Participation in more than one of the above-listed Youth Programs Division-sponsored exchange programs is permitted only in the following circumstances:
Family members of Department of State employees: Family members of employees of the Department of State whose official duties involve an ECA Youth Programs Division exchange program would be precluded from applying for that program. This is because there would be a conflict of interest or the appearance thereof if employees engage in official matters that affect the interests of their family members. In circumstances where a family member other than a spouse or dependent child wants to participate in a program in which the employee has official duties, the appropriateness of the employee engaging in such matters should be discussed with a Department of State Ethics attorney.
Family members of affiliated private sector employees: Family members of employees of ECA-funded implementers of grant programs and Department of State contractors whose official duties involve a particular ECA-funded youth exchange program are technically ineligible for that program. Family members include spouse and dependent children.