Since 2009 the DBU grants fellowships for advanced qualification in the environmental sector in Germany to young Master graduates from Kosovo.
Closing Date: 2019-08-01
Selection Session: September 2019
Start of Fellowship: February 2020
Start of German intensive course: February 2020
Start of research stay: February 2020
DBU – we support innovation
The German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU), in accordance with its foundation goals and mission statement, supports innovative, exemplary and solution-oriented proposals for the protection of the environment, with special consideration for the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Projects seeking support should be intended to produce sustainable practical results, serve to provide a stimulus, and lead to a “multiplier effect”. It is the objective of the DBU to contribute to the solution of current environmental problems, in particular, which result from unsustainable business practices and lifestyles. The DBU sees its crucial challenges primarily in the areas of climate change, biodiversity loss, unsustainable use of natural resources, and harmful emissions. The support subjects and related projects are tied to both current scientific findings regarding planetary limits and to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Your stay in Germany
DBU can support finding a host institution in Germany. Own initiative of the applicants is highly appreciated. The commitment of a host institution must not be available at the time of application. With the help of the DBU a host can be organized after the positive application process. The host institutions provide the workplace and guarantee professional supervision.
The fellowship begins for all new fellowship recipients with an introductory seminar in Osnabrück, at which important organizational matters regarding the stay in Germany are explained. Afterwards the several weeks lasting German language course in Osnabrück takes place.
DBU coaches its fellows during the whole stay. During seminars, the fellowship recipients can present their topics and their results and network with each other. Furthermore, DBU welcomes and supports individual initiatives to organize further professional events and seminars.
- citizenship of Bulgaria, Estonia, Kaliningrad Oblast, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, the Balkan States: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia
- residence in one participating CEE-country at the time of application
- above-average (good to very good) degree of one participating CEE-country (Master or Diploma)
- all disciplines are eligible
- the university degree must not be older than three years at the time of application
- PhD students are eligible if the PhD thesis is not completed during the fellowship
- proposal of an environmental relevant and applied topic
- sufficient knowledge of the German language; needs to be proven at the beginning of the stay at the host institution
- funding period: 6–12 months
- monthly grant: 1 250 Euro; exempt from tax and social security contributions in Germany
- health, accident and liability insurance
- several weeks of intensive German course in Osnabrück
- seminars for exchange between fellows
- invitation to important events of the DBU, such as the German Environmental Award
- networking between fellows and alumni via the online platform Stipnet
- yearly meetings of alumni in their home countries
The application takes place via an online tool in German or English. The annual application deadlines vary for the different CEE countries. You can obtain further information about the deadline for your home country under
The following documents are needed for online application in German or English:
- description of a topic of environmental protection or nature conservation you would like to work on in Germany and which is of environmental relevance for your home country, the EC or globally
- copies of university certificates (master, diploma, bachelor)
- written statement by an academic advisor from the home country; alternatively by a supervisor
- German and/or English language certificate