Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19
Call for Proposals

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Deutschlandjahr 2018/19

From October 2018 until the end of 2019, Germany and its deep ties to the U.S. will be on display all across the United States. The campaign “Deutschlandjahr USA” will travel across the entire U.S., bringing with it a collection of events and exhibits revolving around business and industry, politics, education, culture, and science, to highlight the unique importance of transatlantic relations.

Deutschlandjahr is a comprehensive and collaborative campaign of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institute, and with support ‎of the BDI, with the goal of presenting today’s Germany to people across the entire U.S.

Deutschlandjahr will showcase how closely the two countries are linked by heritage, common values, and shared interests, illustrating how a brighter future is possible if we tackle global challenges together through focusing on dialogue, exchange, and cooperation between people.

The campaign aims to convey a multifaceted, modern image of Germany in the U.S. All areas relevant to society – from business and industry, politics, education, culture, science, civil society, to sports – will be explored. Significant visibility will be achieved by consolidating activities and stakeholders, as well as through public, high-profile formats and targeted media efforts.

Germany and the U.S. are connected through a centuries-long common history. German immigrants have helped shape the development of the United States, while the successful development of post-war Germany is inextricably linked to US engagement. The Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19 campaign builds on this success story and aims to intensify the transatlantic dialogue.

Would you like your idea to be a part of Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19? Maybe in the form of a concert in Des Moines; a conference on climate change in Los Angeles; a trade show on German engineering in Birmingham; or an exhibit to be displayed during our planned Pop-Up Tour? There are no limits to your creativity – whether a workshop or a performance, a speaker series or an exhibit, we welcome any and all project proposals that inspire dialogue and exchange.

Project proposals that are already fully financed may be submitted through the online application portal.


If you would like a comprehensive overview of the application for the purpose of planning your application please click the PDF link below. Keep in mind that only applications completed through the online application system will be considered.

Companies interested in being a Deutschlandjahr sponsor should directly contact Marie-Christine Knop ( at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin.



Please look at our FAQs, which aim to answer commonly asked questions regarding projects, the application process, and eligibility for grants. 

If you have any further questions, the Deutschlandjahr team is happy to offer support. Please contact us by email (
or call +1 (202) 851-3300.