Green Talents Competition 2022

Whether climate change, food security, digitalisation or environmental protection: sustainability needs smart minds. For the past 13 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 multi-day Virtual Science Forum in October 2022:
    • virtual visits to leading German sustainability institutions and companies which provide exclusive insights into their work
    • individual meetings with German experts of your choice to explore opportunities for research collaborations
    • a wide range of workshops dedicated to the SDGs and advancing your scientific career
    • networking opportunities with your fellow Green Talents, participating Green Talents alumni and outstanding German researchers
    • invitation to the top-class Award Ceremony with selected guests
  • a fully funded on-site research stay of up to three months at a German institution of your choice in 2023
  • exclusive access to the renowned Green Talents alumni network

When is the closing date for applications?

The next application period will be from 12 April until 24 May 2022.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here:

Your goal

Are you aiming for a PhD or postdoc position? Here you will find information on your research career in Germany.

A PhD candidate is looking at different funding opportunities.