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Developing Countries Climate Protection Fellowships, Germany-2015

Developing Countries Climate Protection Fellowships by Federal Environment Ministry’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative, Germany - 2015

Developing Countries Climate Protection Fellowships by Federal Environment Ministry’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative, Germany - 2015
Federal Environment Ministry’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative is inviting applications for Fellowships for Developing Countries. Up to 20 International Climate Protection Fellowships are granted annually. Fellowships are open for young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and developing long-term collaborations.  Fellows are free to choose their own hosts. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country and are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change.
Application Deadline: 15 Mar 2015
Programmes Offered:
The fellowship is awarded in climate protection and climate-related resource conservation.
Course Level: 
This fellowship is for pursuing research prgramme in Germany.
  • University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) completed with outstanding results less than 12 years prior to the start of the fellowship
  • Clearly visible leadership potential demonstrated by experience in a leadership position, or appropriate references
  • Professional experience in a leadership role in the field of climate protection (at least 48 months at the time of application), or a further academic or professional qualification
  • Very good knowledge of English and/or German
  • Additional requirements-Initial practical experience gained in the context of climate protection projects
    • A detailed statement by a host in Germany, including a mentoring agreement
    • Citizenship of a non-European transition or developing country (see list of countries) which is also the fellow’s habitual abode and place of work
    • Two expert references by individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal and, if applicable, academic eligibility and his / her leadership potential
  1. The fellowship amount reflects the fellow’s academic and professional qualifications, current position and professional experience and is currently set at 2,150 EUR, 2,450 EUR or 2,750 EUR per month.
  2. This includes a mobility lump sum and a contribution towards health and liability insurance.
  3. Additional benefits:
    • Allowance for research costs to be paid to the hosts in Germany amounting to 800 EUR per
    • month(for projects in the natural and engineering sciences) and 500 EUR (for projects in the humanities and social sciences)
    • Language fellowship for a one-to two-month intensive language course in Germany immediately prior to the start of the fellowship; when a fellowship has been granted, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation may provide financial support for improving fellows’ 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 the fellow’s travel expenses if the costs are not borne by a third party;
    • Europe allowance for a maximum of one to two months spent studying or researching at an institution in another European country during the fellowship, provided that this is necessary to carry out the project in question.
    • Family allowances for visits by family members lasting at least three months (up to 326 EUR per month for the marital partner and up to 234 EUR per month for each child);
    • For single parents accompanied by children under the age of 18 on stays of at least three months, an allowance is available (400 EURper month for the first child, 100 EUR for every additional child)
    • Additional extension of the fellowship by up to three months if children under 12 also accompany the fellow to Germany.
    • Extensive alumni funding after successfully completing the stay in Germany,especially support for networking with collaborative partners in Germany during the fellow’s entire career.
The following timetable for the one-year stay in Germany is designed to facilitate networking amongst the fellows and is mandatory for everyone:
  • January, February 2016: intensive language course in Germany (optional)
  • March 2016: introductory seminar
  • April 2016–February 2017: work on project at host institutes in Germany
  • June 2016: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Annual Meeting including reception held by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Autumn 2016: several-day training course
  • January/February 2017: 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 on application.
Number of Awards:
Up to 20 fellowships are granted annually.
Application Procedure:
  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • After reviewing the applications, an independent selection committee will decide, probably by the beginning of July 2015, which candidates will be invited to participate in a selection meeting in Germany lasting several days.
  • This selection meeting will take place from 15 to 18 September 2015 and applicants will be given the opportunity to outline their project to the selection committee and the other applicants as well as to attend individual interviews held by the selection committee.
  • At the end of the meeting the selection results will be announced.
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