who is it for?

Young people who work or are affiliated with environmental CSO’s in developing countries and emerging economies who have shown potential for and interest in further developing their leadership. Candidates can come from anywhere except from ‘advanced economies’ (see below for list based on the IMF classification). The definition of ‘young’ is not linked to a concrete age limit. However, preference will be given to young women and men under 35 of age. We would like to especially encourage the nomination of  young women and local community leaders.

The candidates should have proof of an excellent track record in:
–    fully embracing the idea of sustainable development;
–    a strong background in working on environmental and sustainable development issues;
–    showing potential and ambition towards becoming a leader in her/his field of work, such as being inspirational and a support to others, working with communities, being innovative and creative;
–    committed to work on environmental and sustainable development issues in their country/region.
The candidate should be willing and have the potential to report on the development of their leadership capacities.

The grant can be applied for a wide range of activities, depending on the individuals’ need and interest. Most grantees use the funding for advancing either their knowledge and skills through studies, courses, trainings. or their expanding their experience through internships, exposure and exchange travels, participation in conferences, high level meetings etc. The candidate should have a clear idea on what it is that she/he intends to use the grant for before applying.

Individuals from these countries cannot participate: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States (IMF classification of ‘advanced economies’ 2011)