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Climate and resource protection scholarship programme for young professionals from developing and emerging countries (phase III)

As of: April 2021

International experts from science and practice are greatly interested in Germany as an attractive location for research and further education. A transfer of knowledge and methods to other countries also bolsters the exchange of information about climate-related issues. To further expand this exchange, the project is developing long-term cooperation with German and international partners for young professionals, deepening and consolidating the cooperation with their specialist colleagues in Germany. The project also integrates the sponsored experts into the international network of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. By transferring the climate and resource protection knowledge they acquired in Germany, the fellows make a direct and indirect contribution to a more sustainable, economic and social development in their countries of origin through their policy advice and research results.
Predecessor project(s)
Scholarship programme for young management professionals from developing and emerging countries in the field of climate and resource protection (phase II) Scholarship programme for young management professionals from developing and emerging countries in the field of climate and resource protection (phase I)

State of implementation/results

  • 2020, the International Climate Protection Fellowship (IKS) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has welcomed the tenth cohort of its students to Germany. The introduction course was held in Bonn and several other German cities in March 2020, but ended several days earlier due to the coronavirus pandemic. Keynote speaker at the introduction event in Bonn on 2 March 2020 was Xavier Kitzinger, co-founder of "Kaffeekooperative" in cooperation with IKS fellow Allan Mibiru.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IKS study tour in September 2020 was organized for the first time as a virtual format.
  • Since the launch of the programme, around 170 junior executives have been promoted from Asia, Africa and Central and South America.
  • The following recurring activities were carried out:
    • Planning and execution of the annual selection process for scholarship recipients
    • Support for scholarship recipients during their stay in Germany
    • Organisation and execution of introductory seminars and final meetings
    • Participation of scholarship recipients in German language courses lasting several months
    • Conducting of additional training and networking meetings, for example a study tour
    • Organisation of specialised exchange of views with German experts and multipliers from the scientific community and public life
  • More information on the programme’s website:…

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung - Deutschland

Implementing partner(s):
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI)
  • Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM)
  • Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V. (DAAD)
  • Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)

BMU grant:
20.549.867,05 €

05/2016  till  10/2028


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