International Climate Protection Fellowship for Prospective Leaders and Postdocs

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invites those working academically or practically in climate protection or climate-relevant resource conservation in their home country—a non-European developing or transition country—to apply for an International Climate Protection Fellowship

The fellowship facilitates the mutual exchange of knowledge, methods, and techniques with hosts in Germany. Fellows are to focus on combating climate change, adaptation strategies, preserving ecosystems and biodiversity, or the sustainable use of the seas and oceans. Sustainability topics relating to natural resources, resource-efficient consumption, or urban development are also welcome.

The fellowships are funded through the International Climate Initiative. The Initiative (IKI) became the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in 2022. The IKI programme cooperates with its founding ministry, the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection (BMUV), as well as the Federal Foreign Office.

Duration: 12–24-month project in Germany


  • a monthly fellowship stipend of €2,170, €2,470, or €2,670 in the programme line for prospective leaders, depending on their training and career level;
  • a monthly fellowship stipend of €2,670 in the programme line for postdoctoral researchers
  • individual support during their stay in Germany
  • additional financial support for example for accompanying family members, for travel expenses, for full private health insurance, or for a German language course
  • a three-week introductory event where they can connect with other climate protection fellows, visit businesses and research institutions, and attend cultural events in Germany
  • extensive alumni sponsorship, in particular, to support long-term connections with their cooperation partners in Germany over the duration of the entire professional career
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Humboldt Foundation invites applicants to apply for an International Climate Protection Fellowship if they

  • explore questions in the natural or engineering sciences or address legal, economic, health-related, or societal aspects of climate change
  • are a citizen of a non-European developing or transition country and have been predominantly living and working there
  • have initial experience in a leadership role and corresponding leadership skills
  • have very good knowledge of English and/or German

Selection Criteria

Evaluation and selection are based on the following criteria:

  • academic and professional career (determination, mobility, professional qualifications, academic success, only in the case of applicants with a doctorate: quality of key publications)
  • leadership skills in the area of climate protection
  • research project (quality, originality, feasibility, relevance to climate protection, practical relevance in the recipient’s country of origin)

Application Process

  • research-based project
  • extensive statement, including confirmation of support from the host in Germany
  • two letters of recommendation

 To apply for International Climate Protection Fellowship for Prospective Leaders and Postdocs, click here

Deadline: February 01, 2024.

For more information on the International Climate Protection Fellowship for Prospective Leaders and Postdocs, visit the official site.

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