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The Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship

The Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship 2021

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Applications are open for the Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship 2021. The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies is currently seeking nominations for the 2021 Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship. The fellowship is intended to honor individuals who strive, like Klaus Töpfer, to bring together the fields of science and politics in their work. Applicants from the fields of academia, politics, civil society, business, and the arts are invited to submit their applications by 12 April 2021.


  • The Fellow receives financial compensation intended to cover her/his additional living costs during her/his stay in Germany. The exact amount depends on the particular situation of the successful applicant and will be decided on an individual basis.
  • In addition to that, IASS can also provide resources to cover travel expenses, publication fees, support for organizing workshops, production costs for artistic work, etc.


  • The Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship is open to highly talented young early to mid-career professionals from Germany or abroad; who have worked for at least ten years on sustainability issues; and have the potential to serve as change agents towards sustainable development.
  • Applicants should be innovative minds and practitioners in their respective fields in science, the arts, civil society, business, politics, or other sectors, and have work experience across different countries and cultures.


Please send your application to [email protected] To apply, please submit the following documents by April 12, 2021:

  • A letter of motivation: Please mention any prior experience at the interface of science and another sector of society (such as politics, business, the arts, media, etc.).
  • A current CV, which should not exceed four pages, outlining your career path and most important achievements. In terms of lists, please limit this to the five most important items (e.g., five most important publications).
  • A proposal outlining the activities to be conducted during the time as Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow. The proposal should be no longer than ten pages (excluding references).
  • At least one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should include biographical information and contact details of the person recommending.

 Call for applications 2021


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline12 April,2021
Open toAll



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