The International Climate Protection Fellowships enable prospective leaders to conduct a research-related project of their own choice during a one-year stay in Germany. Submit an application if you are a prospective leader from a non-European threshold or developing country (see list of countries) working in the field of climate protection and resource conservation in academia, business or administration in your country.
Applicants must provide a clearly visible leadership potential either by experience in a first leadership position or be able to provide appropriate references.
They must also have completed their first university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree) less than 12 years prior to the start of the fellowship (1 September 2013) with outstanding results.
They must also have extensive professional experience in a leadership role (at least 48 months at the time of application) or hold a further academic or professional qualification. Furthermore, they are expected to have gained initial practical experience through involvement in projects related to climate protection and resource conservation. The fellowship will enable the recipients to conduct a research-related project of their own choice with hosts in Germany whom they are free to choose themselves.
The programme, which is being funded under the International Climate Initiative by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, includes a preparatory intensive language course in Germany, a several-week introductory seminar, a several-day training course and a final meeting in Berlin. These activities will enable you to gain additional insights into academic, social, cultural, economic and political life in Germany.
In addition to applicants who have been trained in the natural and engineering sciences, candidates who have been engaged in legal, economic and societal issues relating to climate change are encouraged to apply for this programme. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is granting up to 15 International Climate Protection Fellowships to prospective leaders from the countries named. The call is subject to the approval of sufficient financial means to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Closing date: 1 December 2012
Registration for an online application
Other important details
Programme information (PDF)
Information for hosts
Information for expert reviewers
Members of the selection committee for the allocation of International Climate Protection Fellowships
Climate Protection Fellows 2011/2012 in portrait (PDF)
Climate Protection Fellows 2010/2011 in portrait (PDF)
Interviews with Humboldtians during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-16) in Cancún, Mexico
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