Applications Invited for International Climate Protection Fellowship

Applications Invited for International Climate Protection Fellowship

Organization: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Apply By: 01 Mar 2020

About the Organization:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

About the Fellowship:

With the International Climate Protection Fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables prospective leaders in academia and industry to implement a research based proposal in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation during a one-year stay 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. In the spirit of the Agenda 2030 and the related Sustainable Development Goals, the programme seeks to contribute to the achievement of these goals by fostering prospective leaders with their undertakings and projects to combat climate change, to develop and implement adaptation strategies, to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity and to foster the sustainable use of the oceans and seas. Furthermore, it addresses sustainability topics relating to natural resources, resource-efficient consumption and urban development. The programme promotes the development of long-term contacts and collaboration with colleagues in Germany.

Application Requirements:

  • First university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent), completed less than 12 years previously, and counting back from the end of the application period (1 March 2019) as of: 09/2018
  • 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 postdoctoral 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.

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic and professional career to date (mobility, determination, expertise, academic success)
  • Leadership skills (initial experience in leadership positions and/or appropriate references)
  • Quality, originality and relevance of the research-based proposal (convincing selection of methods, clear focus and feasibility, relevance to climate protection or climate-related resource conservation, viability of both the host institution chosen and the concomitant communication strategy)
  • Future potential (further development in academia and industry, career prospects)

In the case of postdoctoral researchers, it is not only leadership skills that are crucial but also the assessment of the candidate’s academic qualifications (quality of the key publications cited) as well as the academic potential of the proposal to drive innovation in the specialist field.

Graduates who are interested in completing postgraduate studies, a doctoral dissertation or a training period in Germany should apply to the programmes offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or other funding organisations.


A monthly fellowship of between €2,170 and €2,670, 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

Important Dates:

  • January, February 2020: intensive German language course in Bonn (optional)
  • March 2020: introductory seminar at several locations in Germany
  • April 2020 – February 2021 work on research-based projects as of: 09/2018
  • June 2020 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meeting, including reception held by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin
  • Autumn 2020: Two-week study tour
  • January/February 2021: final week, including reception held by the leadership of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Closing Date: 1 March 2020

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