Fellowships for leaders in climate protection

Aug 10, 2011

Year-long climate protection fellowships in Germany are being offered to prospective leaders from emerging and developing countries. The International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme is entering its third round, seeking talented individuals working in the field of climate protection and resource conservation in academia, business or administration. Applications may be submitted immediately.

Each year, up to twenty International Climate Protection Fellowships are awarded to prospective leaders from emerging or developing countries who are working on climate protection and resource conservation issues in academia, business, government or non-governmental organisations. They come to Germany for a year to conduct a project dedicated to the sharing of knowledge, methods and techniques together with a host.

Satellitenfoto Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / dpa) The programme includes a preparatory intensive language course in Germany, a several-week introductory seminar, a two-week training course and a final meeting in Berlin. These activities will enable the fellows to gain additional insights into academic, social, cultural, economic and political life in Germany.

The program, hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, encourages the creation of a network in which German and foreign experts collaborate on a sustainable, international basis to combat climate change and its global consequences. The fellowships are funded under the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Protection Initiative.

In the last selection round, the Foundation was able to grant 14 fellowships to potential leaders which will begin in September 2011. The eight female and six male fellows come from Nigeria, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria and Uzbekistan. The disciplines they represent range from agricultural economics and botany to solar energy use and political economics.

Applications may be submitted until December 15, 2011.

For applications and further information about the climate fellowships

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International Climate Fellowships

Molecular biologist Dr. Damaris Odeny from Kenya

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 24,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide - including 50 Nobel Prize winners.

International Climate Initiative

Glacier in the sun

The International Climate Initiative (ICI) has been financing climate protection projects in developing and newly industrialising countries since 2008. The ICI receives funding from emissions trading, representing an innovative financing mechanism to support partner countries in the area of climate protection.  Through the ICI, the German Environment Ministry finances projects in developing countries that reduce emissions and address adaptation to the consequences of climate change, supplementing existing German development cooperation.