Green Talents International Award for Young Researchers in Sustainable Development

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany invites applications from Young researchers for the 2022 Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development.

Every year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas within the field of sustainability. The award, under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, honors young researchers from numerous countries and scientific disciplines for their achievements and efforts to make their communities, countries, and societies more sustainable.

This programme, however, is directed at and looking for outstanding individuals with exceptional personalities. We look at an individual’s research potential and their passion for what they do and where we think this might take them someday. Fortunately, everyone is different and it is this uniqueness that we want to embrace. It is, therefore, not possible to apply as a team.

In addition, it is not only about what a candidate does now but also about what his/her aspirations are for the future. This is why Green Talents do not fund projects but aims to foster individual development. The prestigious Green Talents program offers you the unique opportunity to become part of an exceptional worldwide network of outstanding young minds and leading German institutions.


The Green Talents Award for Young Researchers in Sustainable Development 2022 includes:

  • Invitation to a multi-day Virtual Science Forum in October 2022:  
    • “Science Sessions” with leading German sustainability facilities, institutions, and companies, which will virtually provide exclusive insights into their leading-edge research and projects,
    • Virtual appointments with German experts of your choice to discuss possibilities for upcoming joint research and cooperation efforts,
    • A wide range of workshops dedicated to the SDGs and advancing your scientific career,
    • Networking opportunities with other Green Talents, participating Green Talents alumni and researchers,
    • Formal Virtual Award Ceremony with your fellow Green Talents and special guests
  • A fully funded on-site research stay of up to three months at an institution of your choice in Germany
  • Exclusive access to the distinguished Green Talents alumni network.
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Applicants for The Green Talents Award for Young Researchers in Sustainable Development must meet the following mandatory requirements:

  • Enrolment in a master’s or PhD programme or a degree (master’s/PhD) completed no more than three years before the end of the application process
  • Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach in any field of sustainability research
  • No more than three years of professional work experience (this excludes professional work experiences gained within the scope of an academic degree)
  • Proven excellent command of English
  • Significantly above-average grades, and
  • Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany 

Application Process

Application for The Green Talents Award for Young Researchers in Sustainable Development consists of the following:

  • Forms with personal information and questions about their academic and professional career, including details about university degrees, research work, lists of publications, etc.
  • They must also indicate, which SDG their research is contributing.
  • Questions regarding their motivation to participate in the Virtual Science Forum.
  • upload their latest FINAL graduation certificate as well as their latest course record. and
  • list of books/chapters/articles you (co-)authored.

To apply, click here.

Deadline: May 24, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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