Donor: Michael Succow Foundation
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: Germany
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Human Rights
  • Media & Journalism

Project Locations

  1. Asia

      Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

  2. Europe

      Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine


1) Objective

The Marion Dönhoff Foundation funds a fellowship programme of the Michael Succow Foundation: The Marion Dönhoff Grant supports open and critical debates in the areas of environmental journalism, political ecology and sustainable development. It 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. Programme Goals are: (1) promoting the critical analysis and debate about issues relevant for sustainability and the environment; (2) supporting a critical East-Western dialogue on environment and sustainability; (3) fostering the media debate on these issues; and (4) supporting regional and international networks.

Integrating human rights issues in the environmental dialogue is an explicit goal. The fellows are supposed to work on a subject of their own choice according to the programme goals, supported by the Michael Succow Foundation. The results of the stay and the analysis of a subject are to be published. The publication is part of the conditions for the grant. The Michael Succow Foundation will provide suitable contacts to individuals and organisations on the spot. The applicants may name other relevant organisations in their application.

2) Eligibility

The programme is a fellowship for post-graduates with professional experience and activists of civil society networks and groups in the fields of political ecology, environmental journalism or sustainable development. The fellowship can ONLY be awarded to suitable candidates who come from post-soviet states. The applicants should be between 25 and 38 years old. Good language skills in English or German (written and spoken) are required. In exceptional cases and given outstanding qualifications, applications in Russian language can be accepted.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia.

4) Budget

The fellowship funds a study and work visit in Germany for up to five months. Up to four persons a year are eligible to receive the grant.

5) Application

Applications can be handed in by email sophie.hirschelmann(at)succow-stiftung.de each year before 1st of July and 1st of January. They should comprise the following documents: Letter of motivation (one page), Project description of issue to be analysed (up to three pages), CV, Proof of language skills, and Copy/scan of passport.

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