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The International Sustainability Academy (ISA) Scholarship 2020

Updated on May 18, 2020 991 views
The International Sustainability Academy (ISA) Scholarship 2020

About The Scholarship

ISA is a project of the Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald Lv. Hamburg e.V. (SDW) [The Protective Association for the German Forest] and is located in Hamburg in the WÄLDERHAUS. The goal is to support and strengthen international cooperation in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Available resources and network structures of the SDW can and should be used effectively. In this way the Academy creates the link between work at local level and international exchange. In the first instance the planned project goals should be new solutions in climate protection.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is aimed at interested parties in emerging countries and economies on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. The Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald Landesverband Hamburg e.V. (SDW), as a NUN-certified education center for sustainable development (BNE), heads the ISA which is responsible for the scholarship-holders. The program will be sponsored initially until the end of 2022. Four courses are planned as of September 2019 to December 2022.

Aims of the sponsorship

The international transfer of knowledge shall help the 12 scholarship-holders to further develop their existing special fields and/or existing projects in terms of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Of particular importance and given priority are activities in respect of climate protection in their home countries. The primary objective is the discernible use in the home country through the continuation of the projects and/or the perspectives, solution approaches and contacts acquired during the course of the scholarship. Their projects must be put into the context of one or more SDGs. Ongoing exchange between the Academy and the scholarship- holders is therefore essential, even after returning home.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants must come from countries or regions on the DAC list
  • Evidence of English skills of at least B1 or better
  • Evidence of university degree and/or relevant professional experience
  • Applicants must already be working on a project or research in their home country, ideally on the theme of climate protection which they can further consolidate in Germany. It is important that the benefits to the home country can be seen
  • The project must be attributable to one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDG ́s)
  • You must apply for a visa at the Germany Embassy in your home country
  • There is no age limit for applicants.

Selection is based on the following requirements and the dimensions deduced from them:
INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES – Specialist qualification – general education/ open-mindedness and interest/ creativity;
VALUE ORIENTATION / RESPONSIBILITY – standpoint and tolerance – independent thinking
GENERAL environment policy commitment – volunteer activities taking into account own artistic or scientific performance
PERSONALITY – motivation – potential – personal presentation – social competence
Application documents for the pre-selection procedure:

  • Evidence of educational qualifications, diploma, Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Letter of motivation, 1,000 characters
  • A typed or word processed, formulated, 3–4 page curriculum vitae with date and signature (not tabular, written on one side only and not tacked together)
  • Evidence of English skills (min. B1)
  • Project description, 1,500 characters
  • Eligibility for a stay abroad (matriculation, authorization from employer)

Selection criteria and procedures:
Applications are to be made using the form on this website that will be released about 10 months before the beginning of each of the courses. Documents required for the application can be uploaded directly into the template.
Please note that only complete application documentation can be taken into account
During the applications phase the project team is available for your questions per e-mail, phone or video conference. Closing date for applications as a rule is 6 months beforehand.
A telephone interview will be conducted with interesting candidates. In the selection process not only Project Leader and Educational Specialist take part but also two independent representatives, for example, from a company or an educational establishment.
Costs of the stay will be paid
€ 1,300 per month expenses (includes own research and as applicable, excursions and internships)
Health insurance
accommodation (private, furnished flat-share room (ca. 12m²) with shared bathroom and kitchen)
return flight (Economy Class (max. three stopovers, flight from home country airport) (airport transfer in home country may be granted under justified circumstances)
airport transfer in Hamburg with public transport
season ticket for the use of public transport in Hamburg
costs of group excursions
BMZ sponsorship regulations apply


Beginning October 2019 Ceremonial opening with representatives from science, economy, politics, NGO’s and culture
  Introductory courses, getting to know each other, visits to companies etc.
November 2019 Internships in HamburgProject work in cooperation with a university – participation in block teaching, for example
End December 2019 Holidays
  First presentation of the project work
  Master Classes with international professors or trainers
February 2020 Internships nationwide
  Project work
March 2020 First project presentation
  Master Classes with international professors or trainers
March  2020 1 week holiday
  Master Classes with international professors or trainers
  Preparation of the final thesis
End of May 2020 First presentation of the thesis in Germany
Until End September 2020 Second and final presentation of the thesis in the home country

On 15.05.2020 the application period for the ISA Scholarship 2021  (15.05.2021 15.02.2022) will be opened on our application platform


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