German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Who can apply?

The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is open to early-career conservation professionals (Government, NGOs, Academia or similar), from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, who preferably have at least three years of professional experience and preferably are not older than 35 years. The programme aims at emerging conservation leaders that have the support of their home organizations to attend the course, and a clear commitment to a career in their country of origin.

In order to be eligible for participation in the programme, applicants need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Submission of a complete application before the deadline
  • Nationality and place of residence in one of the eligible countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • University diploma in a field that is relevant to the programme and its focus (Biology, Geography, Agriculture, Silviculture, Landscape Planning, Nature Conservation, Environmental Policy, Macroeconomics, Law – or other similar subjects relevant to nature conservation practice)
  • 3+ years of working experience in applied nature conservation (work experience in parallel to academic studies can be taken into account)
  • Currently working in an institution concerned with nature conservation
  • Age should preferably be under 35 years, and should not exceed 40 years
  • Be fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Endorsement of application by current employer
  • Non-existence of reasons which make an absence from one or several course modules likely, as the modules build upon each other and as participation in the programme requires continuous attendance
  • Ability for continuous work on transfer project and assignments in between the modules on a weekly basis, during the whole programme period
  • Regular internet access

We look for participants with a strong leadership potential who want to broaden their understanding of conservation strategies and policies from local to global level and who are committed to play a central role in applied nature conservation in their home countries. The fellowship does not currently have a focus on field methods or environmental education. Who can apply?

Successful participants will sign an agreement with the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme that will detail rules, commitments and responsibilities.

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