International Climate Protection Fellowship for Young Climate Experts from Developing Countries
The Closing Date for Applications is 1 March 2020.
20 fellowships can be granted.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowships 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 and Nuclear Safety’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative. The fellowships target prospective leaders from nonEuropean 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). The call for applications is conditional upon the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation being granted
the relevant funding.
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.
Those applying for this programme must be working in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation; they should have proven leadership skills, which must be convincingly demonstrated in the application and supported by appropriate references. In addition to applicants with a background in the natural and engineering sciences, candidates who have been engaged in legal, economic, health-related and societal issues relating to climate change are encouraged to apply for this programme.
First university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent), completed less than 12
years previously, counting back from the end of the application period (1 March 2020)
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.
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.
The monthly fellowship amount – depending on career stage – is €2,170 or €2,470 for fellows without a doctorate and €2,670 for postdoctoral researchers. This includes a mobility lump sum and a contribution towards health and liability insurance.
Common programme activities allow fellows to gain an overview of specialist topics and important players in the fields of climate protection and climate-related resource conservation. The following mandatory timetable is designed to facilitate networking amongst the fellows:
January, February 2021: intensive German language course in Bonn (optional)
March 2021: introductory seminar at several locations in Germany April 2021 – February 2022 work on research-based projects June 2021 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meeting, including reception held by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin Autumn 2021: Two-week study tour January/February 2022: final week, including reception held by the leadership of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Fellowships may be extended by up to three months.
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 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 €346 per month for the marital partner and up to €274 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.
Applications can only be submitted online. The completed application form, including the necessary additional documents, must be submitted not later than 1 March 2020.
Visit the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website for further information on the online application process and all necessary documents as well as access to the online application system. A confirmation of receipt will be issued immediately after the application has been submitted.
The expert reviews and the host’s confidential statement must be uploaded by their authors directly to the applicant’s online application form. The applicant will send the link needed to access the application form via e-mail to the designated persons. It is only possible to submit the application once all documents have been uploaded completely.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their documents are complete. Incomplete applications will be excluded from the selection procedure.
After reviewing the applications, an independent selection committee will decide, by early July, which candidates will be invited to participate in a selection meeting in Germany lasting several days. The committee is composed of academics and practitioners working in the relevant fields. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation usually also obtains independent peer reviews for postdoctoral applicants. The selection meeting will take place in September and applicants will be given the opportunity to outline their proposal to the selection committee and the other applicants as well as to attend individual interviews held by the selection committee. The selection results will be announced at the end of the meeting.
Further information on the selection procedure can be found in the FAQs on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website.
Submit an application, if you
are a future leader from a non-European transition or developing country (see following 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
Prospective leaders from the following non-European threshold and developing
Countries May Apply:*
Afghanistan Ecuador Madagascar Samoa Algeria Egypt Malawi Sao Tomé and Príncipe Angola El Salvador Malaysia Senegal Antigua and Barbuda Equatorial Guinea Maldives Seychelles Argentina Eritrea Mali Sierra Leone Ethiopia Marshall Islands Solomon Islands Mauritania Somalia Bangladesh Mauritius South Africa Belize Fiji Mexico South Sudan Benin Micronesia, Fed. States Sri Lanka Bhutan Gabon Morocco St. Lucia Bolivia Gambia Mongolia St. Vincent and Botswana Ghana Mozambique the Grenadines Brazil Grenada Myanmar Sudan Burkina Faso Guatemala Suriname Burundi Guinea Swaziland Guinea-Bissau Namibia Syria Guyana Nauru Cambodia Nepal Cameroon Nicaragua Cape Verde Haiti Niger Tajikistan Central African Republic Honduras Nigeria Tanzania Chad Niue Thailand China, PR of India Timor-Leste Colombia Indonesia Togo Comoros Iran Pakistan Tonga Congo, Dem. Rep. of Iraq Palestinian territories Tunisia Congo, Rep. of the Palau Turkmenistan Cook Islands Panama Tuvalu Costa Rica Jamaica Papua New Guinea Cote d’Ivoire Jordan Paraguay Cuba Peru Uganda Kazakhstan Philippines Uzbekistan Kenya Kiribati Dominica Korea, Dem. PR of Rwanda Dominican Republic Kyrgyzstan Vanuatu Djibouti Venezuela Laos Vietnam Lesotho Lebanon Yemen Liberia Libya Zambia Zimbabwe
We offer you
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
The call for applications is conditional upon the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation being granted the relevant funding.
Information for Hosts
Anyone working at a public or private institution in Germany (university, research institute, public administration, non-governmental organisation, ministry, business etc.) may be a host. The host’s task is to ensure that the fellow receives professional support during his or her stay in Germany. Since fellows may carry out their projects at research institutions, companies, associations, administrations, or other establishments in Germany, the host’s role will vary depending on the nature of the proposal and the fellow’s needs. The host’s main responsibility is to provide the right conditions for the successful completion of the project in Germany and to mediate the necessary contacts to other partners or institutions. Please note that fellows must be present at the host institution in Germany for the entire duration of sponsorship. It is, therefore, not permitted to spend periods outside of Germany (except in the context of a Europe Research Stay).
If a fellowship is granted, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will pay an allowance for research costs to the host institution. This amounts to €800 per month for projects in the natural sciences and engineering and €500 for projects in the humanities and social sciences.
The applicant should provide you with the documents and information required to prepare your statement (letter of motivation, draft of a research-based proposal, curriculum vitae).Agreement must be reached between you and the applicant in advance on the proposal which should be developed independently by the applicant. Your statement will be treated confidentially by the Humboldt Foundation and by the Selection Committee.
Once you have checked the documents and agreed upon the proposal with the applicant, please prepare a statement written entirely in English using the list of questions for the host’s statement and upload it to the application along with the signed confirmation of support in a secure area. The applicant will send you the link to this area by email.
Please note that the applicant will only be able to submit his/her application as soon as the complete application documents including your statement and the signed confirmation of support have been uploaded. We therefore recommend that you upload your documents at least one week prior to the application deadline on 1 March.
Information for letters of recommendation
If you are providing a letter of recommendation for an applicant for an International Climate Protection Fellowship, we would be grateful if you would make use of the list of questions for letters of recommendation. Please answer all the questions in English language so that we can do full justice to the applicant in the selection procedure.
Your letter of recommendation will be treated confidentially during the whole selection procedure.
Please upload your statement to the application in a secure area. The applicant will send you the link to this area by email.
Please note that the applicant will only be able to submit his/her application as soon as your statement has been uploaded. We therefore recommend that you upload your documents at least one week prior to the application deadline on 1 March.