Programme Description

The “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” programme has been hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for more than 10 years. Honouring 25 young international researchers each year, the programme has successfully fostered the global exchange of innovative green ideas within the field of sustainability and it has strengthened Germany as a research location.

Target Group

Master's students, PhD students, postdocs, as well as young professionals, with no more than 3 years of professional work experience (excluding professional work experiences gained within the scope of an academic degree) and a strong focus on sustainable development

Academic Requirements

enrolment in a Master's or PhD programme or completion of a Master's or PhD programme no more than 3 years ago

Number of Scholarships

Every year, 25 scientists receive the coveted Green Talents Award. Since 2009, there have been 282 award winners from 72 countries (as of 2021).


Science Forum: approx. 14 days
Research stay: up to 3 months

Scholarship Value

  • an invitation to the fully funded Green Talents Science Forum, consisting of
    - visits to leading German sustainability facilities, institutions and companies with exclusive insights into their pioneering research and projects,
    - individual appointments with German experts of your choosing to discuss possibilities for upcoming joint research and cooperation efforts,
    - networking opportunities with key representatives of the German sustainability landscape,
  • a fully funded research stay of up to 3 months at an institution of your own choice in Germany,
  • exclusive access for you to the Green Talents alumni network.

Application Papers

Further information can be found at

Application Deadline

Information about the upcoming competition can be found at

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