Fellowship programmes at the Succow Foundation

Through the Eva-Kleinn-Scholarship and Marion Dönhoff Fellowship programmes the Succow Foundation offers young conservationists, scientists and activists from countries of the post-Soviet region and Central Asia a study or research stay in Germany.



The landscape ecologist Eva Kleinn (1971-2005) has made an extraordinary contribution to the protection of nature, sustainable regional development and intercultural communication in Russia and the countries of Central Asia and the Caspian region. This scholarship is intended to keep the memory of her tireless work alive. At the same time, it is designed to enable young domestic and foreign scientists to carry out research in this region in order to continue the work of Eva Kleinn in her spirit.

Criteria for allocation

Upon application, the scholarship may be awarded to students, graduates and doctoral students from the University of Greifswald and to applicants from the countries named above. Applicants must work on a topic or project concerning nature conservation, ecological education, or sustainable development according to the foundation’s motto "Preserve and Sustain", and contributing to intercultural communication. The application should include a rough estimate of costs and explain the reasons for financial support (travel, stay, materials, publication, miscellaneous). The scholarship will only be awarded if other sources of funding have been exhausted or are not available.

Application and procedure

The annually available scholarship amount may be awarded once (twice in exceptional cases with sufficient justification) to one or several applicants. Applications should be addressed to the Succow Foundation. A decision will be announced within one month by the board-appointed jury (Prof. Dr. Michael Succow, Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Knapp). The scholarship will be paid in installments, depending on the requirements as outlined in the budget plan. Previous expenses must be documented prior to payment of the next installment. After six months, recipients are expected to submit a brief summary of the sponsored project; upon completion, the project results are to be turned over to the foundation.

Marion Dönhoff Fellowship

The journalist Marion Gräfin Dönhoff has always criticized the dark sides of capitalism and the consequences of unlimited growth on nature and mankind. She has also advocated cooperation with the countries in today's post-Soviet region and the promotion of young people. three themes that coincide with the commitment of the Succow Foundation.

The Marion Dönhoff Foundation therefore funds a fellowship programme of the Succow Foundation: It supports open and critical debates in the areas of environmental journalism, political ecology and sustainable development. The Marion Dönhoff Fellowship at he Succow Foundation sponsors persons and organisations involved in these areas in former Soviet countries. In the spirit of Marion Dönhoff the aim is to strengthen proactive behaviour and individuals' awareness to be jointly responsible for common welfare

The programme's goals

  • Promoting the critical analysis and debate about issues relevant for sustainability and the environment.
  • Supporting a critical East-Western dialogue on environment and sustainability.
  • Fostering the media debate on these issues.
  • Supporting regional and international networks.

The integration of human rights-related issues into the environmental dialogue is explicitly sought.

During their stay in Germany, the fellows are to work on a topic of their own choice in accordance with the programme's goals independently but with the support of the Succow Foundation. The results of the stay and of their research are to be published afterwards. The publication is part of the funding conditions.

Criteria for allocation

The fellowship is aimed at post-graduate students with professional experience as well as activists of civil society networks and groups from the fields of environmental journalism, political ecology and sustainable development from the following countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Applicants should be between 25 and 38 years old. A good written and spoken knowledge of English or German is required. In individual cases and if the applicant(s) is/are highly qualified, applications in Russian can be accepted.

The fellowship lasts up to five months for a study and work stay in Germany. Up to four individuals are sponsored annually.

In addition to the Succow Foundation in Greifswald, the fellows will be assigned to up to two other places. The Succow Foundation endeavours to provide contacts and the organisation on site.


Applications should be submitted by e-mail at info[at]succow-stiftung.de on first July and first of January of each year.
The application documents (all in English or German) must include the following:

  • Letter of motivation (one page)
  • Project description of the topic to be worked on (maximum three pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of language skills
  • Copy/Scan of the passport