2023 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship for climate experts from developing countries
Applicants who are you working academically or practically in climate protection or climate relevant resource conservation in their home country, a non-European developing or transition country are invited to apply for the 2022 International Climate Protection Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The fellowships are funded through the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection.
Applicants who are a prospective leader will do a research-related project in Germany for the period of one year as part of their fellowship programme but applicants who are a postdoc will go on a long-term academic research for the period of 12 to 24 months. The fellowship programme should focus on fighting climate change, adaptation strategies, preserving ecosystems and biodiversity, or on the sustainable use of the seas and oceans. Sustainability topics relating to natural resources, resource-efficient consumption or urban development are also welcome.
Eligibility for the 2023 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship for climate experts from developing countries:
- Applicants will explore questions in the natural or engineering sciences or address legal, economic, health-related or societal aspects of climate change.
- Applicants must be from a non-European developing or transition country (see list of countries, PDF) and have been predominantly living and working there.
- Applicants must have initial experience in a leadership role and corresponding leadership skills.
- Applicants must have good understanding of English and/or German language.
Benefits of the 2023 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship for climate experts from developing countries:
- A monthly fellowship of €2,170, €2,470 or €2,670 in the programme line for prospective leaders, depending on fellows training and career level and a monthly fellowship of €2,670 in the programme line for postdoctoral researchers.
- Individual support during fellows stay in Germany.
- Additional financial support for accompanying family members, for travel expenses, for full private health insurance or for a German language course.
- A three-week introductory event where fellows 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 the cooperation partners in Germany over the duration of fellows entire professional career.
Selection Procedure for the 2023 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship for climate experts from developing countries:
A selection committee comprising of 15 researchers from Germany and non-European developing or transition countries will make decisions on who will be awarded an International Climate Protection Fellowship. The peer review is conducted largely on the basis of three selection criteria below:
- Academic and professional career (determination, mobility, professional qualifications, academic success, only in the case of applicants with a doctorate and 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 fellows country of origin)
Method of Application for the 2023 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship for climate experts from developing countries:
Interested applicants are required to submit the necessary application documents to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through the online portal.
- Research-based project: Fellows should outline the project they have developed themselves and agreed with their intended host prior to applying. Applicants should bear in mind that the following criteria are important for selection: a convincing choice of methods; clear focus and feasibility; relevance to the fields of climate protection or climate-relevant resource conservation; feasibility of conducting the project at the chosen host institution; practicability of the communication strategy
- Extensive statement including confirmation of support from fellows host in Germany
- Two letters of recommendation not more than 12 months old from fellows who can provide information on their professional, personal and/or academic background.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023.