Програма за стипендии “Klaus Toepfer”


Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme

Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme



The application process to the 2017-2019 cycle of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation from the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, West and Central Asia is open from now on, until 30 May, 2017. The extra-occupational program combines learning on international best conservation practice and policy with management training, network development and a transfer project. Over a period of 1.5 years, four training modules are conducted at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm in English language. The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is implemented by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) – the central scientific authority of the German federal government for both national and international nature conservation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) support the program.

The program complements the range of national and international workshops and seminars on nature conservation topics offered by the agency’s International Nature Conservation Academy with a fellowship program for early-career conservation professionals. Prof. Klaus Toepfer, the former UNEP Director, has agreed to serve as patron for the program.


  • The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme targets early-career conservation professionals in the natural resource sector, who have at least three years of professional experience, are fluent in English and preferably not older than 35 years;
  • The programme aims at emerging conservation leaders with proven outstanding abilities and motivation, who have the support of their home organizations to attend the course, a clear commitment to a career in their country of origin, and are citizens and residents of 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, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.


Participation in the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is free of charge. Participants will receive free accommodation and boarding at the training venue and during excursions, as well as a contribution towards their travel expenses. Health insurance during stays in Germany and visa application fees will also be covered by the program. Nevertheless, participants have to make a contribution towards their travel expenses.

How to apply?

In order to apply please fill the application.

The following documents are required for application:

  • Diploma of highest academic degree;
  • Language diploma if available – highest level obtained;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Nomination letter;
  • Endoresment form;
  • Scan copy of passport.

For more information please read the official call.

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