20 International Climate Protection Fellowships in Germany

Deadline: 1 March 2016
Open to: non-European transition or developing country (see list of countries), active in scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change
Fellowship: fellowship amount between EUR 2,150 and EUR 2,650 per month, language course, allowance of EUR 500-EUR 800 per month for research projects


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. 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 fellowship allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection and climate-related resource conservation. Fellows are free to choose their own hosts.

During a three-week introductory phase, you will have the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany. An intensive German-language course before you begin the fellowship will smooth your way into everyday life in Germany whilst a continuing education event lasting several days in the course of the fellowship will enable you to acquire not only practical knowledge of climate protection but also expertise in management.


Application requirements:

  • First university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent), completed less than 12 years ago, counting from the end of the application period (1 March 2016);
  • 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 as of: 10/2015 resource conservation;
  • Scientific publications (for applicants with a doctorate) 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 fellow’s habitual abode 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 and his / her leadership potential.


The fellowship amount depending on career stage allocated per month is EUR 2,150 or EUR 2,450 for fellows without a doctorate and EUR 2,650 for postdoctoral researchers. This includes a mobility lump sum and a contribution towards health and liability insurance.

Additional benefits:

  • Allowance for research costs amounting to EUR 800 per month (for research-based proposals in the natural and engineering sciences) and 500 EUR (for proposals in the humanities and social sciences);
  • Language fellowship for a one to two-month intensive German language course in Germany immediately prior to the start of the fellowship;
  • Lump sum for travel expenses if the costs are not borne by a third party;
  • Europe allowance for a maximum of one to two months spent studying or researching at an institution in another European country during the fellowship, provided that this is necessary to carry out the research-based project in question;
  • Family allowances for visits by family members lasting at least three months (up to 326 EUR per month for the marital partner and up to 234 EUR per month for each child);
  • For single parents accompanied by children under the age of 18 on stays of at least three months, an allowance is available (400 EUR per month for the first child, 100 EUR for every additional child);
  • Extension of the fellowship by up to three months if children under 12 also accompany the fellow to Germany;
  • Extensive alumni funding after successfully completing the stay in Germany, especially support for networking with collaborative partners in Germany during the fellow’s entire career.


Applications must be completed online. The completed application form including all the necessary additional documents must be submitted by 1 March 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

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