Cocoa is a core economic commodity in Ghana. But climate change is affecting the plants and the concomitant drop in the quality of the beans has repercussions on demand. The Ghanaian International Climate Protection Fellow Gabriel Antwi-Boasiako is cooperating with his host at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn on a holistic model to predict the future and development of cocoa cultivation in Ghana.
This is just one example of the manifold projects that are conducted every year under the fellowship programme for young climate experts.
Funding is available for up to 20 young leaders and postdocs from non-European emerging economies and developing countries who have already gained some professional and leadership experience in science or practical contexts. Fellows come to Germany for a period of 12-24 months to carry out a project they have chosen themselves together with their hosts. Applicants should choose themes that revolve around combatting climate change, adaptation strategies, conserving ecosystems and biodiversity or the sustainable use of seas and oceans. Sustainability topics with a link to natural resources, resource-friendly consumption and urban development are also possible.
The current call is open until 1 February 2023. The fellowship will begin on 1 March 2024. The fellowships are financed under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) which became the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in 2022. The IKI programme cooperates with its founding ministry, the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), as well as the Federal Foreign Office.
Hosts benefit, too
If you work for a public or private entity (e.g., university, research establishment, company, association, administration, NGO) you can become the partner of a climate protection fellow and benefit from cooperation with international climate experts.
If sponsorship is approved, the Humboldt Foundation will grant your organisation an allowance for research costs of € 800 per month (natural sciences and engineering sciences) or € 500 (humanities and social sciences).
Visit here for a selection of the climate protection fellows already sponsored.