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As of: January 2017

International Climate Protection Scholarships for Young Management Professionals from Developing and Emerging Countries

Objective and activities

Targeted at young managers from developing and emerging countries outside Europe who are active in the fields of science, business, and administration in their home countries, this scholarship programme promotes the exchange of knowledge, methodologies and technologies in the field of climate protection and resource conservation. Up to 20 scholarships are sponsored each year. Besides carrying out a research project of their own choosing in the field of climate protection and resource conservation at a host institution in Germany, the recipients of the scholarships also benefit from seminars and training courses designed to familiarise them with the various dimensions of climate protection and resource conservation in Germany and convey practical knowledge and management skills. In the first programme phase nearly 60 scholarship recipients from 37 countries have participated in the programme.

State of implementation/results

  • The third project phase started in May 2016 with the selection process of a new group of scholarship holders.
  • The second project phase ends in February 2017. 40 participants finished in this period the scholarship programme.
  • During the first project phase, four groups of scholarship recipients with a total of 58 individuals from 37 countries have successfully completed the programme. The participants spent approximately one year working on a research project at one of the universities or other host institutions located across Germany.
  • 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 trip to the Island of Vilm, Berlin and Dresden
    • Organisation of specialised exchange of views with German experts and multipliers from the scientific community and public life

  • firsthand report of a climate scholar

Project data


Partner institution:

German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM), Renewables Academy (RENAC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Implementing organisation:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

BMUB grant:
€ 17,919,788

07/2009 till 09/2021


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