International Study Grants for Climate Protection

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has announced the International Climate Protection Fellowship. This would enable prospective leaders in academia and industry implement research-based proposals in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation during a one-year stay in Germany.

Up to 20 International Climate Protection Fellowships are granted annually, funded under the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety’s (BMUB) International Climate Initiative.

The fellowships target prospective leaders from non-European transition and developing countries. Candidates draw up their own research-based proposal which they then implement in collaboration with a host in Germany.

Programme Objectives:
The global challenge posed by climate change can only be met by cross-border international collaborations. By enabling future decision-makers and multipliers to share knowledge, methods and techniques with specialist colleagues in Germany the programme promotes this objective, particularly by taking account of issues relating to practical applicability in the fellows’ own countries. The programme thus drives the development of long-term contacts and collaborations with colleagues in Germany.

Target Group:
Those applying for this programme must be:
• Working in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation;
• They should have proven leadership skills, which must be convincingly demonstrated in the application and supported by appropriate references.
• background in the natural and engineering sciences,
• Candidates who have been engaged in legal, economic, health-related and societal issues relating to climate change are encouraged to apply for this programme.

Application requirements:
• First university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent), completed less than 12 years previously, counting back from the end of the application period (1 March 2018);
• Leadership skills demonstrated by initial experience in leadership positions and/or appropriate references;
• Extensive work experience (at least 48 months at the time of application) or a successfully completed doctorate in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation;
• Scientific publications (for post-doctoral applicants) in peer-reviewed journals according to international standards;
• A detailed statement by a host in Germany, including a mentoring agreement; details of the proposal must be discussed with the prospective host prior to application; The proposed host in Germany should send his/her confidential statement directly to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation by the closing date at the latest.

• Citizenship of a non-European transition or developing country which is also the applicant’s habitual residence and place of work;
• Very good knowledge of English and/or German, documented by appropriate language certificates;
• Two expert references by individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal and, if applicable, academic eligibility as well as his/her leadership potential.


Fellowship specifications:
The monthly fellowship amount – depending on career stage –is €2,150 or €2,450 for fellows without a doctorate and €2,650 for postdoctoral researchers. This includes a mobility lump sum and a contribution towards health and liability insurance.


Submit an application, if you
• are a future leader from a non-European transition or developing country
• are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change
• are interested in spending a year working with a host of your choice in Germany on a research-based project you have developed yourself in the field of climate protection and climate-related resource conservation.

You would be offered:
• a monthly fellowship of between €2,150 and €2,650, depending on your qualifications
• individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
• additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
• a three-week introductory phase, during which you will have the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany
• extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2018.

20 fellowships can be granted.

Application procedure:
Applications must be completed online. The completed application form including all the necessary additional documents must be submitted by the closing date for applications (1 March 2018). Additional information on online applications, all the documentation required and access to the online application procedure can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website (

Further information on the selection procedure can be found in the FAQs on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Selection Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn, Germany
Fax: 0228-833 212


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