Green Talents Competition 2020 in Germany (Fully-Funded)
Green Talents invites you as a pioneering scientist to apply with your trailblazing approach! Showcase your research to the broader public, exchange with outstanding experts, and lay the foundation for long-lasting collaborations with German research institutions.
Every year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas from various fields of research. The award, under the patronage of Minister Anja Karliczek, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.
Who can apply?
Applicants must meet the following mandatory requirements:
Enrolment in a master’s or PhD programme or a degree (master’s/PhD) completed no more than three years before the end of the application process
No more than three years of professional work experience (this excludes professional work experiences gained within the scope of an academic degree)
Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach in any field of sustainability research
Proven excellent command of English
Significantly above-average grades
Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany (individuals therefore not eligible to apply: German passport holders as well as anyone living in Germany at the time of application even if the residence is temporary)
What is in it for me?
The prestigious Green Talents programme offers you the unique opportunity to become part of an exceptional worldwide network of outstanding young minds and leading German institutions. The first part of the prize consists of an invitation to a two-week Science Forum in Germany, where you will be introduced to renowned research facilities and have individual meetings with experts (individual appointments). Here you will learn about potential collaborations and experience the country’s excellent research infrastructure at close hand. In addition, a workshop on research and funding opportunities will provide you with further information for your future research stay in Germany. The journey will culminate in a festive award ceremony hosted by a high-level representative from the BMBF.
You will have the opportunity to return to Germany for up to three months to conduct a research stay at an institute of your choice the year after the Science Forum. Learn more about how the Green Talents story continues for the awardees when they return to Germany for their research stays.
The Science Forum and the extended research stay will be fully financed by the BMBF.
On the basis of their scientific excellence and innovative research potentials, a high-ranking jury of German experts from academia and industry selects the 25 “Green Talents” from numerous applicants. Due to the large number of applications submitted every year, the assessment and selection process is very complex and takes until mid-August each year. Please understand that we cannot provide you with any information about the selection until the jury makes its final decision. All applicants will be informed of the results in due course.
What does funding include?
When selected as a “Green Talent”, you will be invited to a two-week Science Forum in Germany (which takes place in October). This means that the BMBF will cover your travel expenses (to/from Germany and during the trip) as well as your meals and accommodation during the Science Forum. Costs for health insurance and visa fees cannot be covered and must be paid by the participants. We will cover the round trip to Germany and back to your country of residence and also provide a monthly allowance when you return for your research stay the year after the Science Forum. This allowance is intended to support you during your stay and will be sufficient for accommodation, insurance, food and your daily needs. However, it is not intended to support your research.
What is required from me during the application process?
You first need to make sure that you meet the mandatory requirements in order to apply for the Green Talents Competition. Applications can only be submitted via our online tool. This will guide you through the application process. Please note that the application will take some time. However, you can take a break and save the information you have completed and continued at a later point in time.
The selection will be based on the applicants’ achievements in the field of sustainable development and their specific interest in cooperating with German partners.
The application consists of the following four parts:
Forms with personal information and questions about your academic and professional career, including details about university degrees, research work, lists of publications, etc. You must also indicate, which SDG your research is contributing to. You will not have to upload a CV.
Questions regarding your motivation to participate in the Science Forum (we recommend that you write your answers in advance and simply copy them into the text fields):
Please briefly explain your actual research by showing how it relates to sustainable development and demonstrate your interdisciplinary interest.
What new perspective are you providing to sustainability research? What is your professional goal?
How is your research/work related to sustainability science in Germany? Please also indicate which of the institutions in this year’s Science Forum are most relevant to you and why.
What do you expect to gain from the Green Talents Award for your future career?
Questions regarding your scientific qualification. We kindly ask to upload your latest FINAL graduation certificate as well as your latest course record. Full academic transcripts are required, because they convey important information, such as specifics about the composition of the study programme, credit requirements and student performance. If you have only recently started a post-graduate study programme (Master or PhD), please upload your graduation certificate as well as a confirmation of matriculation.
Questions regarding your publications and patents. You are not asked to hand in full articles. We merely require a list of books/chapters/articles you (co-)authored. Therefore, please complete the Excel template you find during the application process and list your publications in chronological order, naming titles, potential co-authors, publisher and context (book/chapter/article/conference paper etc.).
Include articles/papers that have been submitted but have not yet been approved.
Exclude articles/papers under preparation.
Letter of recommendation: a letter in which the author assesses the qualities, characteristics and capabilities of the person being recommended in terms of the individual’s ability to perform a particular task or function. This
should focus on your career as a scientist and activities up until now,
must be in English,
should not be older than 6 months,
can be written by current or past supervisors from either academia or industry.
Please note that one letter of recommendation is totally sufficient, but you are free to upload up to three. Your application is incomplete and cannot be processed without this document. However, we are well aware that despite it being common practice for individuals being assessed to be handed a reference letter in Europe, this may not be the case in other countries. If your assessor refuses to give you a letter of recommendation, please upload a Word document with his/her name and complete your application. The assessor should then send us a letter via email to email@example.com, stating your name and application ID number. We will add the letter to your documents. Important: the letter must reach us before the deadline. Otherwise, your application will be incomplete and therefore disqualified.
It is mandatory to indicate the level of your English proficiency and to add an English language certificate to your application. For example, this can be a certificate from a language examination (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), a certificate from language classes you have taken or confirmation from your university that your courses are taught in English. As a native speaker, please simply fill out and attach the self-declaration of proficiency in English signed by yourself, indicating your fluency.