Sustainable Development: Get the Invitation to the Science Forum, research stay & networking in Germany

Deadline: 23 May 2018

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is organizing the Green Talents programme for young researchers interested in sustainable development and selected individuals will get an invitation to attend the Science Forum, research stay and networking opportunity in Germany.

Sustainable Development: Get the Invitation to the Science Forum, research stay & networking in Germany

”Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas.

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.

Are you an up-and-coming scientist with inventive ideas and a strong focus on sustainable development?

Does your research have the potential to change the world?

You can take up this challenge the to convince the programmers high-ranking expert jury and become one of the 25 Green Talents of 2018! The award is open to all disciplines as long as they are related to sustainable development.

Following awards are available under this programme:

Science Forum

Be invited to Germany for a two week Science Forum in October 2018 and visit some of the hot-spots of sustainability science.

This offers you the unique opportunity to get exclusive access to the country’s research landscape.

Thereby, you learn about ground-breaking projects on-site and possibilities for cooperation with German experts and facilities

Individual Appointments

As part of the Green Talents Science Forum you will meet leading German experts of your choice in individual appointments.

By visiting those experts in their retrospective facilities to personally discuss your research, you may lay the foundation for future collaborations.

Research Stay

Take your research a step forward when you are invited to return in 2019 for a fully funded research stay.

Spend up to three months at a German facility of your own choice. Gain new experiences in an inspiring environment and advance your professional career while establishing long-lasting relationships.

Green Talents Network

Become part of the unique global Green Talents network of more than 200 outstanding young minds from 57 different countries worldwide.

Its active alumni network covers the full spectrum of sustainability science and will help you to exchange your ideas with peers and find new project partners.


  • 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
  • Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach
  • Proven excellent command of English
  • Significantly above-average grades
  • Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany

Application Information

The first need is to make sure that you meet the mandatory requirements in order to apply for the Green Talents Competition. Applications can only be submitted via an 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 continue at a later stage.

The selection will be based on an 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 will not have to upload a CV.
  • Questions regarding your publications and patents. You do not have to hand in full articles. We merely require a list of books/chapters/articles you (co-)authored. Please list your publications in chronological order, naming the titles, potential co-authors, the publisher and the 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.
  • 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?
  • Letter of recommendation: 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.

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