Green Talents Competition 2021

Logo Green Talents 2021

Water management, bioenergy, artificial intelligence: a sustainable society can be reached in many ways. For the past 12 years, the BMBF has been awarding young international researchers during the “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” competition to foster interdisciplinary work on environmental topics.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • 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 in any field of sustainability research
  • No more than three years of professional work experience (this excludes professional work experiences gained within the scope of an academic degree)
  • Proven excellent command of English
  • Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany

What form does funding take?

The main scholarship benefits are as follows:

  • Invitation to a 7-day Virtual Science Forum in October 2021:
    • “Science Sessions” with leading German sustainability facilities, institutions and companies, which will virtually provide exclusive insights into their leading-edge research and projects
    • Virtual appointments with German experts of your choice to discuss possibilities for upcoming joint research and cooperation efforts
    • A wide range of workshops dedicated to the SDGs and advancing your scientific career
    • Networking opportunities with other Green Talents, participating Green Talents alumni and researchers
    • Formal Virtual Award Ceremony with your fellow Green Talents and special guests
  • A fully funded on-site research stay of up to three months at an institution of your choice in Germany in 2022
  • Exclusive access to the distinguished Green Talents alumni network

When is the closing date for applications?

The next application period will be from 7 April until 19 May 2021.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: