International Climate Protection Fellowship in Germany

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 15 International Climate Protection Fellowships to prospective leaders and up to five fellowships to postdoctoral researchers from non-European transition or developing countries.Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains an interdisciplinary network of well over 30,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries
around the world – including 59 Nobel Prize winners.

The young climate experts will come to Germany for 12–24 months to work alongside a host of their own choosing on a research-related project or long-term academic research. The project should focus on combating climate change, adaptation strategies, preserving ecosystems and biodiversity, or on the sustainable use of the seas and oceans. Sustainability topics relating to natural resources, resource-efficient consumption or urban development are also welcome.

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Fellowship benefits

A monthly fellowship of between €2,170 and €2,670, depending on career stage. Individual mentoring during the stay in Germany. Additional financial support for items such as family allowances, travel expenses or a German language course. A three-week introductory phase, during which fellows 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, especially support for networking with collaborative partners in Germany during the fellow's entire professional career.

Application requirements

Citizenship of a non-European transition or developing country which is also the applicant’s habitual residence and place of work Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years ago. Extensive professional experience or a successfully completed doctorate (less than four years ago) in climate protection or climate-related resource conservation. A mentoring agreement signed by a host in Germany. A proposal which candidates must draw up on their own and coordinate with their host.
Clearly visible leadership potential.

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