Call for 2019 Nominations is over

The Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship is a unique Fellowship awarded once a year to only one distinguished candidate. It is based on nominations by third parties.

The call for nominations for 2019 is closed and the result results are expected in May/June 2019, when the selection committee has convened and made its decisions. The Klaus Töpfer Fellowship 2019 will be starting in the second half of 2019.

The call for nominations for the Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship 2020  will be open by Winter 2019/2020 and the chosen candidate would then start in the second half of 2020.

What it is About

Prof. Dr Klaus Töpfer is the Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. The institute was founded in 2009 with the aim of bringing together the kinds of knowledge needed to support a transformation of society towards sustainability. With a wealth of experience in science, politics and the non-profit sector, Klaus Töpfer embodies the unique combination of perspectives required to realise the vision of the IASS.

With its Klaus-Töpfer-Fellowship, the IASS wants to honour and support individuals who, like Prof. Töpfer, are committed to sustainable development and build bridges between science, politics and society. We are seeking nominations for people from Germany or abroad who have worked for many years on sustainability issues and have the potential to shape the future. The nominees should bring innovative ideas from their respective fields in science, the arts, civil society, business, politics or other areas of society.

Klaus Töpfer Fellows are selected by an international commission with the support of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and General Assembly of the IASS.
Klaus Töpfer Fellowships are awarded for one year. For the duration of their fellowship, the IASS provides the fellow with an office space and the infrastructure they require to carry out their work as well as 50,000 euro to cover material costs. Fellows also receive an appropriate expense allowance.