Funding brief: 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 fellowships target prospective leaders from non-European transition and developing countries (see list of countries). Candidates draw up their own research-based proposal which they then implement in collaboration with a host in Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation runs the programme in cooperation with the Federation of German Industry (BDI), the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies in Environmental Management (CIPSEM) at TU Dresden, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC).
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.
● 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 post-doctoral 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 organizations.
Donor Name: Alexander von Humboldt-StiftungFoundation
Funding name: Alexander von Humboldt-StiftungFoundation invites application for ‘International Climate Protection Fellowship for young climate experts from developing countries’.
Deadline: The next application round is scheduled to start on 15th, September, 2018 and will end on 1st, March, 2019.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: They offer you
● 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
● Allowance for research costs amounting to €800 per month for research-based proposals in the natural and engineering sciences and €500 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 fellowship. When a fellowship has been granted, the Alexander von
● Humboldt Foundation may provide financial support for improving fellows’ existing German language skills while they are still in their own countries. Fellows with little or no knowledge of
● German are strongly advised to take a two-month intensive language course in Germany. 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 staying at least three months (up to €326 per month for the marital partner and up to €240 EUR per month for each child).
● Allowances for single parents accompanied by children under the age of 18 who are staying at least three months (€400 per month for the first child, €100 per month for every additional child).
● Extension of the fellowship by up to three months if children under the age of 12 accompany the fellow to Germany.
● Extensive alumni funding after successfully completing the initial stay in Germany, especially support for networking with collaborative partners in Germany during the fellow’s entire career. Prospective applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of the application deadline are not eligible. Applicants who have been in a country that is not on the relevant list of countries for more than 12 months are requested to contact the Humboldt Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) before submitting an application as they may be ineligible on formal grounds.
● Applicants who have already received sponsorship from the Humboldt Foundation in the form of a fellowship or award are not entitled to apply to this programme but should turn to the appropriate alumni sponsorship programmes. Those sponsored in the context of the International Climate Protection Fellowships are excluded from applying for other fellowships offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: January / February, 2019
Project duration: January / February, 2019 to January / February, 2020, 1 year
* Fellowships may be extended by up to three months
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: Submit an application, if you
● Are a future leader from a non-European transition or developing country (see list of countries)
● 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
● 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
● 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
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
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