Since 1996, more than 1,000 university graduates from 17 countries in Central and Eastern Europe have been sponsored, who are now working in various fields such as science, economics or politics.
The alumni associations pursue the following goals and tasks:
Providing information on the CEE Fellowship Programme
Organisation and participation in selection interviews
Organisation of the alumni annual meetings and other events/workshops/specialist colloquia
Transnational cooperation through participation in the annual exchange during the international alumni workshop
Regular exchange with the DBU
Professional networking – Europe-wide network
Alumni associations exist in the following countries with direct contact persons:
Poland (since 2001), organised as an association
Karol Mrozik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hungary (since 2008)
Borbala Galos (email@example.com)
Romania (since 2009)
Dan Vodnar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lithuania (since 2010)
Tadas Kencevicius (email@example.com)
Antanas Staskevicius (E-Mail-Adresse folgt noch)
Ukraine (from 2020)
Ivan Tymofeiev (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Current CEE fellowhip holders and alumni are invited once a year to the fellowship holder and alumni meetings in the run-up to the presentation of the German Environmental Award and the DBU Summer Academy. In addition, a meeting of all alumni living in Germany takes place on this last weekend of October. Every four years, all current fellowship holders and alumni are invited to the „Woche der Umwelt“ in Berlin. In addition, an international alumni workshop is held annually (alternately in a CEE country and in Germany). It serves the exchange between the DBU alumni networks in the CEE countries, the DBU doctoral fellowship programme in Germany and the DBU office. There is also the possibility for alumni to organise a colloquium.
The current CEE fellowship holders are networked on a communication platform (https://stipnet.dbu.de).
Since January 1st, 2016, the DBU has been awarding five travel grants per year to former fellowship holders of the MOE Fellowship Programme. The travel grants are intended for the participation in a conference/meeting/workshop/seminar/training on current environmental issues in Germany.
Applications can be submitted via email twice a year – deadlines are January 31st and June 30st, respectively. The selection is based on the documents submitted.
Alumni of the CEE Fellowship Programme of the DBU
Positively completed fellowship (final report, positive feedback from the supervisor in Germany)
Event must have an environmental reference
Active participation (through lecture or poster) in the event
Permanent employment in home country
Permanent residence in home country
The fellowship includes an one-off payment of a maximum of 2,000 € for travel expenses and participation fees.
The following documents must be submitted by email:
Short (max. 2 pages) description why the participation in the event is of interest
Details of the type of participation (poster, lecture)
Since January 1st, 2016, the DBU has been awarding five fellowship per year to former fellowship holders of the CEE Fellowship Programme. The fellowship can be used in the course of a PhD/postdoc position for scientific further education or for practical further qualification between cooperating institutions/organizations/companies.
Applications can be submitted by email once a year – deadline is March 31st. The selection is based on the documents submitted and by means of an assessment. No selection interviews will take place.
Alumni of the CEE Fellowship Programme of the DBU
Positively completed fellowship (present final report, positive feedback from the supervisor in Germany)
Current environmental issues both in the home country and in Germany
Permanent employment in the home country
Permanent residence in the home country
Permanent cooperation partner in Germany
Knowledge of the German language
No direct follow-up financing to a current fellowship
Duration of scheme or individual aid award: max. 3 months
The following documents must be submitted to the DBU:
Project description (max. 10 pages)
Opinion of a superior
Confirmation of the supervising institution in Germany
At its 115th meeting on 11 March 2020, the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt approved a conceptual addition to the CEE Fellowship Programme.
So-called "Small Grants" are intended to offer fellows an additional incentive to return to their home country after the core fellowship and to use the skills they have acquired in Germany in the field of environmental protection and nature conservation. The funding is granted for a maximum of six months. The Small Grants are to be awarded primarily to those fellows who have achieved an exceptional performance in the course of the fellowship.
The Small Grants serve the in-depth qualification of excellent fellows with regard to the conception and implementation of research and development as well as development and testing projects with relevance to sustainability, the environment and/or nature conservation. In the Small Grants, the fellows potentially qualify as future project partners of the DBU. The Small Grants are generally to be carried out in the fellows' countries of origin and should be oriented towards the DBU's funding topics. In particular, they can comprise three types of projects:
a) Field of action analyses on selected environmental challenges,
b) Development of feasibility concepts for potential projects,
c) Implementation of model practical projects.
The projects should focus on topics that address specific sustainability challenges.
For more information on application requirements and content requirements, please contact Dr. Alexander Bittner (email@example.com).
The DBU supports both – scientifically oriented scholarships and practice-oriented projects! Further information on international project funding is available from the DBU special representatives Claudia Domel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the countries of the Baltic States, the Balkans, the Kaliningrad oblast, Bulgaria, Romania and the Ukraine, and Romana Cermanova for the countries (email@example.com) Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Information on how to apply is also available at www.dbu.de/antragstellung.
Exemplary projects of DBU-Alumni can be viewed here.