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2020 Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development

2020 Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development

Deadline: 19 May 2020

Are you a young sustainability researcher looking to further develop your innovative ideas? Does your research have the potential to make this earth a better place? Why you should become one of 25 Green Talents this year and how your research is connected to the Sustainable Development Goals. The award is open to all disciplines!

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Every year, 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, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making the societies more sustainable. Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

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When selected as a “Green Talent”, you will be invited to a two-week Science Forum in Germany (which takes place in October). This means that the BMBF will cover your travel expenses (to/from Germany and during the trip) as well as your meals and accommodation during the Science Forum. Costs for health insurance and visa fees cannot be covered and must be paid by the participants.

They will cover the round trip to Germany and back to your country of residence and also provide a monthly allowance when you return for your research stay the year after the Science Forum. This allowance is intended to support you during your stay and will be sufficient for accommodation, insurance, food and your daily needs. However, it is not intended to support your research.

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

Eligibility Criteria

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Applicants must meet the following mandatory requirements:
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
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
Significantly above-average grades
Not 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)
This programme is directed at and looking for outstanding individuals with exceptional personalities. BMBF looks at an individual’s research potential and their passion for what they do and where they think this might take them some day. Fortunately, everyone is different and it is this uniqueness that they want to embrace. It is, therefore, not possible to apply as a team. In addition, it is not only about what you do now but also about what your aspirations are for the future. This is why they do not fund projects but aim to foster individual development.
For more information, visit https://www.greentalents.de/index.php

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