Green Talents Competition 2020: Call for applications

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the annual Call for the award ‘Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development’ to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas. The award is open to young researchers and has an application deadline of Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 14:00 CET.

Sustainable development is fundamental in preserving our earth for present and future generations by finding a balance between the need for socio-economic development and the protection of the environment. These topics of global political relevance demand international research cooperation. With its high-class innovation and research centres, Germany supports great efforts in particular by intensifying international cooperation among the bright and outstanding minds of tomorrow.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has held the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” since 2009.

The award honours young researchers every year. Thus, the Green Talents Competition successfully encourages the global exchange of innovative green ideas from various fields of research.

Since its inception, the award has recognised over young researchers and scientists from more than 57 nations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to making their communities, countries and societies more sustainable. The award-winners are selected by a jury of renowned German experts and are granted unique access to Germany’s research elite.

The Green Talents award 2020 includes

  • an invitation to the fully funded two-week Science Forum in October 2020, consisting of
    − visits to leading German sustainability facilities, institutions and companies with exclusive insights into their leading-edge research and projects,
    − individual appointments with German experts of your choice to discuss possibilities for upcoming joint research and cooperation efforts,
    − networking opportunities at the award ceremony in Berlin with participating Green Talents alumni,
  • a fully funded research stay of up to three months at an institution of your choice in Germany in 2021,
  • exclusive access to the distinguished Green Talents alumni network.


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