Green Talents

In brief

The winners of this competition are invited to a Science Forum that takes them on a journey to leading German institutions of environmental and sustainability research. Furthermore, Green Talents awardees receive the unique opportunity to complete a BMBF-funded research stay at an institution of their choice during the year following the Science Forum.

Who can apply?

Non-German citizens or anyone not residing in Germany who

  • is currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD programme or must have completed their degree (Master’s/PhD) with significantly above-average grades no more than 3 years before the end of the application period
  • has a strong focus on and an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development
  • has an excellent command of the English language
  • has no more than three years of professional work experience

Type and extent of funding

Grant for a research journey and a research stay.


Two-week Science Forum; research stay of up to 3 months.


Detailed information about the programme, including links for a competition alert and the online application tool, are available on the Green Talents website (see link below).

Green Talents

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.

Logo of Green Talents International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development