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Green Talents Competition 2020 for Young Researchers in Sustainable Development

Green Talents Competition 2020 for Young Researchers in Sustainable Development

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Country: Germany
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Applications call for Green Talents Competition 2020 from Young Researchers in Sustainable Development

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, honors young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognized 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.


The Green Talents program offers participants 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 candidates will be introduced to renowned research facilities and have individual meetings with experts (individual appointments). They 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 them the further information for the future research stay in Germany. The journey will culminate in a festive award ceremony hosted by a high-level representative from the BMBF.

Furthermore, the candidates will have the opportunity to return to Germany for up to three months to conduct a research stay at an institute of their choice the year after the Science Forum. The Science Forum and the extended research stay will be fully financed by the BMBF.


The Green Talents Competition focuses on outstanding young scientists, who are active in the field of sustainable development. However, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) fosters interdisciplinary approaches in this regard. However, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the framework for this year’s competition and applicants must indicate, which SDGs their research is contributing to. Furthermore, the Green Talents Competitions welcomes applications from any scientific field closely related to sustainability research.


  • Enrolment in a master’s or Ph.D. program or a degree (master’s/Ph.D.) 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 as well as significantly above-average grades.
  • Furthermore, applicants must not be 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).

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline19 May,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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