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ERA Green Hydrogen Fellowships for international Master students

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Albania
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Argentina
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Australia
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Brazil
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Overview

Overview

Objective

Climate neutrality by the middle of the 21st century is the declared goal of Germany and the EU. Green hydrogen is an important component in the transformation of the energy sector and the decarbonization of emission-intensive sectors. Within the framework of the German and the European hydrogen strategies, we intend to recruit and qualify future specialists and young scientists. In addition, international cooperation, especially in the European Research Area, shall be strengthened and interdisciplinarity and innovative capabilities promoted. The "ERA Fellowships – Green Hydrogen" programme, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is complemented by comprehensive networking measures and the establishment of four working groups. The working groups will focus on: production, transport and infrastructure, market stimulation (i.e. further development of the market for hydrogen) and cross-cutting issues (i.e. regulation, socio-economic and legal framework). Fellows will continue to be involved in those after the end of the funding period and thus will both receive and offer long-term support from and to the German research and innovation location for green hydrogen.

Who can apply?

Master students in the field of Green Hydrogen (GH2) from universities in the extended European Research Area (ERA) who want to be an active part in one of the four working groups after the end of the fellowship. Applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply for a fellowship: EU member states, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Kosovo, Morocco, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Türkiye, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

What can be funded?

The programme provides funding for

  • a whole Master’s degree programme completed at a state or state-recognised university in Germany or
  • up to one year of study in Germany as part of a Master’s degree completed at your home university. The general condition is that the academic credits you gain in Germany are recognised by your home university. Moreover, the standard period of study at your home university should not be exceeded as a result of the study year in Germany or
  • a Master’s thesis as part of an international Master’s degree programme completed at a state or state-recognised university, a research institute or a company in Germany or
  • a self-organized internship in a German company or at a non-university institution in the field of GH2. The fellowship grants access to international working groups and allows for active participation and involvement in a group that can continue after the fellowship ends.

If you have already started a Master's programme in Germany, this programme is not eligible for funding.

Duration of the funding

Depending on the length of the selected programme, the fellowship is intended for stays between 3 and 24 months, for a Master’s thesis between 2 and 6 months, and for internships between 2 and 3 months.

The fellowships are awarded for the duration of the standard period of study for the chosen programme (up to a maximum of 24 months). Please state the entire period for which you wish to apply for funding in your application. For example, if you are planning a 2-year degree programme, you must directly indicate two years as the desired fellowship duration in your application. After the first year of study, your academic achievements will be assessed in a further funding procedure. If this shows that you will successfully complete your programme within a reasonable period of time, the fellowship will continue as planned.

Value

The fellowship covers:

  • a monthly fellowship instalment of 934 Euros
  • payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • a lump sum towards international travel costs
  • if the fellowship is awarded for more than six months: one-off study allowance (usually 260 Euros; if you come from a DAC country, you will receive an allowance of 460 Euros) Under certain circumstances, fellowship holders may receive the following additional benefits:
  • if the fellowship is awarded for more than six months: Monthly rent subsidy
  • if the fellowship is awarded for more than six months: Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family. Please also read our Important Scholarship Information / section F, point 3
  • In the case of a disability or chronic illness: subsidy for additional costs which result from the disability or chronic illness and are not covered by other funding providers: Further information
  • Green Mobility Top Up (Support for climate-friendly travel) or partial reimbursement of carbon offset payments for air travel
  • grant for active participation in a conference To allow you to improve your language skills in preparation for your stay in Germany, the DAAD offers the following benefits:
  • if the fellowship is awarded for more than six months: Payment of course fees for an online German language course after receipt of the Fellowship Award Letter
  • if necessary: German language course (2 or 4 months) before the start of the study stay in Germany; the DAAD decides whether to fund participation and for how long depending on German language skills and project. Participation in a language course is compulsory if the study programme is taught in German.
  • if the fellowship is awarded for more than six months: allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the fellowship period
  • if the fellowship is awarded for more than six months: reimbursement of the fee for a TestDaF or DSH test, which you can take either in your home country after you have received your Letter of Award or in Germany during your funding period. Please note that the DAAD does not cover tuition fees.

Selection

The selection committees are composed according to subject and, if applicable, regional criteria. The committee members are appointed by the DAAD Executive Board and are primarily university teachers from German universities. They evaluate the applications and decide on the awarding of the fellowships. DAAD staff members organize the meeting but have no voting rights.

The Selection criteria are:

Academic qualification

  • Academic achievements
  • School leaving certificate
  • Course of studies
  • Knowledge of the language of instruction or working language
  • If applicable, relevant internships, work experience Quality of the study or internship project
  • Quality of the project and of the preparation (preliminary information, choice of degree programme or internship, host university or institution and establishment of contacts)
  • Integration of the project into the course of study, if relevant Potential of the applicant
  • Motivation: academic and personal reasons for the stay in Germany, German language skills (if different from the working language)
  • Prospects: Significance of the stay in Germany for further academic, professional and personal development, use of international networking in the working groups as well as own active contribution in the working groups
  • Extracurricular commitment: extracurricular knowledge and skills, social commitment In addition, the selection committee will give due consideration to aspects of equal opportunities, on which you can provide information in the application form.
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18 April 2024