Selection Criteria


Start and duration: The start of the 5th ISA program is planned for November 15th, 2022 in Hamburg:
15th of November 2022 to 15th of August 2023, 8 months in Hamburg and 1 months project implementation in the home country*

Location: WÄLDERHAUS in Hamburg/Wilhelmsburg, Germany
Funding: The costs for accommodation in gender-mixed flat-sharing communities, the workplace, the costs for outward and return flights, the foreign health insurance and a German course are covered. In addition, each scholarship holder receives a sum of money for the research work.

Application requirements:
  • Scholarship holders must come from the countries on the DAC list
  • English knowledge of at least B1. Candidates who can proof having conducted their higher education in English do not need to present a English proof test result. 
  • Have a at least secondary school degree and relevant professional experience 
  • The scholarship holders* must already be working or researching on a project in their home country that is ideally sustainable or has a potential sustainable concept. What is important is a visible benefit for the local community / region / home country. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOU DO NOT MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.
  • The project must be assigned to one or more sustainability goals (SDG ́s).
  • There is no age limit for the application.

Please note that IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR THE SECOND ROUND (only then!),  you will have to upload the following application documents as PDFs. We would like to recommend that you start promptly with a detailed description of the project and its potential implementation, possibly apply for a new passport, and clarify the necessary approval from the employer!
  • Proof of training, work experience, diploma, bachelor's degree, master's degree or equivalent training
  • Passport copy. 
  • Letter of motivation, 1,000 characters
  • a 3-4-page curriculum vitae with date and signature, formulated in full
  • English language certificate (min. B1) (not applicable for native speakers and those who completed their higher degree in English language 
  • Detailed project description following the ISA template 
  • Authorization for a study leave (authorization from the employer)

The selection is based on the following requirements and the dimensions derived from them:
  • PROJECT IDEA AND PLANNED IMPLEMENTATION: potential impact in the home country, stakeholders for implementation in the home country, technical qualification or experience for the development and implementation of the project
  • INTELECTUAL CAPABILITIES: - Professional qualifications - English language skills, general education/open-mindedness - open-mindedness and interest / creativity
  • VALUE ORIENTATION / RESPONSIBILITY - Viewpoint and Acceptance of following a non-discrimination practice regardless of sex, country of origin, color of skin, religion, sexual identity (LGBT), disability or age  - Independent Thinking
  • GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY COMMITMENT - Voluntary work taking into account artificial or scientifically oriented personal contributions
  • PERSONALITY - Motivation - Potentials - Appearance - Social competence
*the implementation may be extended up to 4 month until submission of the final report. Hence a total of max. 9 month of stipend will be paid.