The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now accepting applications for Green Talents Competition 2019 By German Government. You can win a fully funded two-week science tour to Germany and get highly Recognized by the German Government on Sustainable Development.  You will have the opportunity to spend up to three months conducting research at a facility of one’s own choice in 2020.


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. The award, under the patronage of Minister Anja Karliczek, honors young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognized for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

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. This year’s competition is held under the banner “Smart Green Planet – Solutions for a Sustainable Future”. Applicants can, therefore, come from any scientific field closely related to sustainability research.


The research facilities that are visited as part of the Science Forum change every year in order to demonstrate the broad scope of the German research environment. They try to create a mix of research institutes, universities and companies and also to include Germany’s major research organizations, namely the Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society and Leibniz Association. You can find a complete list of all facilities that have been visited up until now and are therefore part of the Green Talents network here: Science Forum.

Are you a #SustainableDevelopment researcher? Or your research can help in fighting climate change? Green Talents is awarding young researchers for their implication in making our societies more sustainable.

Green Talents Competition 2019 Details: 

Host Country:

  • Germany


  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolment in a master’s or Ph.D. programme or a degree (master’s/Ph.D.) 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).

Please, read the FAQs for applying for the competition. 

How to Apply for Green Talents Competition 2019 in Germany?

You first need to make sure that you meet the mandatory requirements in order to apply for the Green Talents Competition. Applications can only be submitted via an online tool. This will guide you through the application process. Please note that the application will take some time. However, you can take a break and save the information you have completed and continued at a later stage.

The selection will be based on applicants’ achievements in the field of sustainable development and their specific interest in cooperating with German partners.

The application consists of the following four parts:

  • Forms with personal information and questions about your academic and professional career, including details about university degrees, research work, lists of publications, etc. You will not have to upload a CV.
  • Questions regarding your motivation to participate in the Science Forum (we recommend that you write your answers in advance and simply copy them into the text fields):
    • Please briefly explain your actual research by showing how it relates to sustainable development and demonstrate your interdisciplinary interest.
    • What new perspective are you providing to sustainability research? What is your professional goal?
    • How is your research/work related to sustainability science in Germany? Please also indicate which of the institutions in this year’s Science Forum are most relevant to you and why.
    • What do you expect to gain from the Green Talents Award for your future career?
  • Questions regarding your scientific qualification. We kindly ask to upload your latest FINAL graduation certificate as well as your latest course record. Full academic transcripts are required because they convey important information such as specifics about the composition of the study programme, credit requirements, and student performance. If you have only recently started a post-graduate study programme (Master or Ph.D.), please upload your graduation certificate as well as a confirmation of matriculation.
  • Questions regarding your publications and patents. You are not asked to hand in full articles. We merely require a list of books/chapters/articles you (co-)authored. Therefore please complete the Excel template you find during the application process and list your publications in chronological order, naming the titles, potential co-authors, the publisher and the context (book/chapter/article/conference paper, etc.).
    • Include articles/papers that have been submitted but have not yet been approved.
    • Exclude articles/papers under preparation.
  • Letter of recommendation: a letter in which the author assesses the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person being recommended in terms of the individual’s ability to perform a particular task or function. This
    • should focus on your career as a scientist and activities up until now,
    • must be in English,
    • should not be older than 6 months,
    • can be written by current or past supervisors from either academia or industry.
  • Please note that one letter of recommendation is totally sufficient, but you are free to upload up to three. Your application is incomplete and cannot be processed without this document. However, we are well aware that despite it being common practice for individuals being assessed to be handed a reference letter in Europe, this may not be the case in other countries. If your assessor refuses to give you a letter of recommendation, please upload a Word document with his/her name and complete your application. The assessor should then send us a letter via email to, stating your name and application ID number. We will add the letter to your documents. Important: the letter must reach us before the deadline. Otherwise, your application will be incomplete and therefore disqualified.
  • It is mandatory to indicate the level of your English skills and to add an English language certificate to your application. For example, this can be a certificate from a language examination (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), a certificate from language classes you have taken or confirmation from your university that your courses are taught in English. As a native speaker, please simply fill out and attach the self-declaration of proficiency in English signed by yourself, indicating your full proficiency.

Selection Process:

On the basis of their scientific excellence and innovative research potentials, a high-ranking jury of German experts from academia and industry selects the 25 “Green Talents” from numerous applicants.

Due to a large number of applications submitted every year, the assessment and selection process is very complex and takes until mid-August each year. Please understand that we cannot provide you with any information about the selection until the jury makes its final decision. All applicants will be informed of the results in due course.

Application Deadline:

  • The last date to apply for the International Competition 2019 in Germany is 21 May 2019.


Deadline is May 22, 2019