International Climate Protection Fellowship

Advice on finding a host

In order to be able to apply for an International Climate Protection Fellowship, you will need a host in Germany whom you select yourself. As your mentor, the host will be expected to support you in conducting your project and to provide an appropriate position for you.

The role of host can be taken on by anyone working for a public or private institution in Germany. Your host’s field of work must be related to the project you would like to conduct in Germany, and you will be required to coordinate your project with your host prior to application. To apply for the fellowship, you will need the binding commitment and a letter of recommendation from your future host (Form for the proposed host and confirmation of support).

To make the process of contacting a potential host a little easier for you, we have prepared a letter that includes the most important information about the fellowship as well as the duties and benefits of being a host. You are welcome to forward this letter to your chosen host.
 

Here are some tips and useful information on finding a host in Germany:
 

  • Start looking for a host as early as possible. Remember that there are Christmas holidays in Germany in December and potential hosts may be difficult to contact during this period.
  • You can find information on potential host institutions in Germany on the project data base of the German Federal Environmental Foundation, the Research Explorer, the Klimanavigator and in the link list provided by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.
  • Approach German companies or organisations in your own country that may be able to assist you with establishing contacts in Germany, for instance the Goethe Institutes, German embassies and consulates, or the German Houses of Research and Innovation (DWIH) in Brazil, Egypt and India:
    German House for Research and Innovation São Paulo
    - German Science Centre Cairo
    German House for Research and Innovation New Delhi
  • Make use of your own professional and private contacts. Perhaps you know somebody who already has connections in Germany and who could help you to find initial ports of call or to establish some useful contacts?
  • Take your time when preparing your application and make a convincing impression by writing a carefully considered letter. Describe what you are hoping to achieve with your project and explain the significance of the fellowship for your further professional career. Engage your host’s interest in working with you.

From the wide variety of potential institutions in Germany where you may find a host, we have compiled an overview of institutions that have in most cases already hosted Climate Protection Fellows. In some cases you will find links to specific examples of projects conducted:

Universities

  • Beuth University of Applied Sciences
    Fachbereich Maschinenbau, Veranstaltungstechnik, Verfahrenstechnik
  • University of Greifswald
    Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology
  • Freie Universität Berlin
    Berlin Centre for Caspian Regional Studies
    Maryam Bakhshi
    Department of Law
    Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science – Environmental Policy Research Centre
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
    Fakultät Life Sciences, Department Verfahrenstechnik
  • Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
    Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Trier University of Applied Sciences
    Institute for Applied Material Flow Management
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Geography Department
    Institute for Economics and Social Sciences of Agriculture
    Faculty of Law
  • Technische Universität Berlin
    Department of Ecology
  • Clausthal University of Technology
    Clausthaler Umwelttechnik-Institut (CUTEC)
  • Technische Universität Dresden
    Faculty of Environmental Sciences
    Institute of Waste Management and Circular Economy
    Institut für Bauklimatik
    Pulat Salikhov
    Institute of Power Engineering
    Institute of Forest Economics and Forest Management Planning
    Institut für Internationale Forst- und Holzwirtschaft
    Institut für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung
  • University of Bayreuth
    Plant Ecology Group
  • University of Bonn
    Department of Geography
    Meteorologisches Institut
    Center for Development Research (ZEF)
    Gabriel Antwi-Boasiako
  • University of Freiburg
    Chair for Landscape Management
    Chair of Silviculture
  • University of Göttingen
    Institute of Geography
  • University of  Hamburg
    Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change
  • Leipzig University
    Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology
  • University of Münster
    Institut für Umwelt- und Planungsrecht
    Huihui Liu
  • University of Potsdam
    Chair of International Politics
  • University of Stuttgart
    Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management
  • University of Tübingen
    Institute of Evolution and Ecology
  • University of Würzburg
    Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
    Ravikash Prasad

Research institutes

  • Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research (AWI), Bremerhaven
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Oberpfaffenhofen
  • Ecologic Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Competence Center Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health
  • Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig
    Wolke Tobón Niedfeldt
    Abdelrhman Mahmoud Shaaban Mohamdeen
  • Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Potsdam
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden
  • Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde
  • Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben
  • Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg
  • Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen
    Adam Ceesay
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
  • Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin
  • NewClimate Institute Berlin
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
  • Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main
  • Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH
  • Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim

NGOs/Think Tanks/Consulting agencies

Other

  • Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
  • Alliance 90/The Green Party, Berlin
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn
  • Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V., Quakenbrück
  • Deutscher Wetterdienst, Offenbach
  • International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), Berlin
  • International Council on Clean Transportation Europe, Berlin
  • SunCoal Industries GmbH, Ludwigsfelde
    Shalab Poudyal
  • Thema1 GmbH, Berlin
  • German Environment Agency, German Emissions Trading Authority, Berlin
    Elizabeth Mosqueda
    Danira Baigunakova

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