Fully Funded International Climate Protection Fellowship in Germany 2018-min
Fully Funded International Climate Protection Fellowship in Germany 2018

Fully Funded International Climate Protection Fellowship in Germany 2018

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Germany offers 20 International Climate Protection Fellowships 2018 for young climate experts from developing countries (you can see the list of countries). Participants will be fully paid by The Alexander von Humboldt Foundations.

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 contracts and collaborations with colleagues in Germany.


  • 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

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 as of: 09/2017
  • 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
  • Citizenship of a non-European transition or developing country (see list of countries) 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.


  • 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

Common programme activities

  • January, February 2019: intensive German language course
  • March 2019: introductory seminar at several locations in Germany
  • April 2019 – February 2020 work on research-based projects
  • June 2019: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meeting, including reception held by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin
  • Autumn 2019: study tour lasting several days
  • January/February 2020: final week, including reception held by the leadership of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

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 (http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/icf). Immediately after submitting the documents, the applicant will receive a confirmation.


The closing date for applications is 1 March 2018. 20 fellowships can be granted.

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