Green Talents Award 2021

Are you a promising researcher who is looking to create a better, more sustainable future for all? Are you working on sustainable, innovative ideas to help realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Are you interested in diving deeper into Germany’s approach to research for sustainability?

Join a prestigious network for sustainability research, gain unique access to Germany’s leading scientists, and become part of an international exchange on innovative green ideas.

Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development invites you to apply for this year’s programme. Share your innovative ideas and lay the foundation for long-lasting collaborations with German research institutions and international researchers. Make your contributions count!

The Green Talents programme was established in 2009 and is hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is held under the patronage of the German Minister of Education and Research, Ms Anja Karliczek. Honouring 25 young international researchers each year, the initiative has successfully fostered the global exchange of innovative green ideas within the field of sustainability. Currently, 282 outstanding scientists from 72 countries have been awarded for their achievements and efforts to making their communities, countries and societies more sustainable.

Award's highlights

▪ Invitation to a 7-day Virtual Science Forum in October 2021:
− “Science Sessions” with leading German sustainability facilities, institutions and companies, which will virtually provide exclusive insights into their leading-edge research and projects,
− Virtual appointments with German experts of your choice to discuss possibilities for upcoming joint research and cooperation efforts,
− A wide range of workshops dedicated to the SDGs and advancing your scientific career,
− Networking opportunities with other Green Talents, participating Green Talents alumni and researchers,
− Formal Virtual Award Ceremony with your fellow Green Talents and special guests
▪ A fully funded on-site research stay of up to three months at an institution of your choice in Germany in 2022,
▪ Exclusive access to the distinguished Green Talents alumni network.


  • Enrolment in a Master’s or PhD programme or a degree (Master’s/PhD) completed no more than three years before the end of the application process
  • Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • No more than three years of professional work experience (this excludes professional work experiences gained within the scope of an academic degree)
  • 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)

More Information

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Deadline for submission: 19 May 2021, 2 p.m. CEST | 5.30 pm IST

Download the call and flyer here: Download: GT2021_Announcement [pdf, 191.46 KB] & Download: GT Flyer2021 [pdf, 718.71 KB]