Scholarship programmes

Nature conservation is possible due to involved, qualified people - and due to their cooperation, the exchange of experiences and knowledge. Public relations, environmental education and the promotion of international relations in nature conservation therefore belong to the Michael Succow Foundation's goals. The foundation is involved in the education and training of nature conservation experts in various ways: students are involved in foundation projects as interns, foundation staff supervise students' theses, and the foundation organises seminars, workshops and excursions in Germany and abroad. Research, training and public relations are important aspects of most foundation projects. Closely cooperating with the University of Greifswald, we also promote international networks of students and scientists in common projects, such as the university cooperation project CABNET.


Of great importance for us are scholarships, facilitating a study or research stay in Germany for young nature conservationists from the countries of the former Soviet Union. Generous support by Volker and Wally Kleinn via the Eva-Kleinn-Scholarship and by other donors such as the Liechtenstein Agency for Forests, Nature and Landscape provides young nature conservationists with the opportunity to participate in the international master programme Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation (LENC) at the Universität of Greifswald. Due to the Marion Dönhoff Grant in the Michael Succow Foundation, fellows can work on their own projects in Germany for up to five months. The CADI Fellowship contributes to one of the outputs of CADI – the generation, application and dissemination of knowledge on ecosystem services, biodiversity, conservation status and land-use of temperate deserts in Central Asia. Target groups are post-graduate senior scientists from China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The fellows are supposed to work on a subject of their own choice according to the project aim and related outputs, supported by the project partners.


Connecting fellows among each other, but as well to alumni from their countries, to foundation staff and German nature conservationists is a very important aspect of our scholarship programmes. Successful nature conservation needs the cooperation of actors on all levels - and a common enthusiasm for the conservation of our ecosystems.