The Green Talents Competition 734 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Green Talents Competition 2018, organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is an annual award that honours 25 young up-and-coming scientists around the world with inventive ideas and outstanding achievements in sustainable development. The winners of the competition will participate in a fully-funded 2-week Science Forum in Germany, the “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development”, taking place in October 2018.


The first part of the prize, the 2-week science forum, is fully funded. BMBF will cover the travel expenses (to and from Germany and during the trip) as well as meals and accommodation during the forum. The Green Talents will visit 6 leading facilities in sustainability science and have individual meetings with top German sustainability experts to personally discuss their research and lay the foundation for future collaboration. This year, the Green Talents will visit the following companies and facilities: TU Dresden, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, HEINZ-GLAS, Energieavantgarde Anhalt (EAA) and the Anhalt-Bitterfeld-Wittenberg region, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE). The journey will end with a festive award ceremony.

The second part of the prize – “Individual Appointments” –  gives the Green Talents the unique opportunity of visiting German sustainability experts of their choice and discuss their current research with them.

The third part of the prize is an invitation to return to Germany in 2019 for a fully funded Research Stay of up to 3 months. The research stay will be at a research institute, university or company of the Talent’s own choice. It is up to the young scientists to identify a suitable host, contact them and to agree on a time period as well as research topic with them. The research stay is fully funded by BMBF, which includes the flights to and from Germany as well as a monthly allowance which covers all living expenses (accommodation, insurances, food, public transport etc.). The allowance is not supposed to provide direct research funding but to enable the participant to support himself during the stay. The young talents can explore their skills in an inspiring environment and identify valuable collaboration partners for the future. Some Green Talents seized the chance to remain in Germany after their visit, to work at renowned German institutes, universities and companies.

The Green Talents will also benefit from networking opportunities at the award ceremony in Berlin with participating Green Talents alumni.


Applicants cannot be citizens of Germany or residents of Germany, not even those residing on a temporary basis. Applicants have to be enrolled in a Masters or a PhD programme in a field related to sustainable development or those who have completed their degree (Masters/PhD) with significantly above-average grades in a similar programme no more than 3 years prior to the end of the application process. They must possess an excellent command of English.

As the Green Talents Competition focuses on outstanding young scientists who are active in the field of sustainable development, applicants must come from a background strongly focusing on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach.


Applications are to be done online by 23 May 2018.

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