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2024 MGG Academy: Knowledge, Leadership & Action! at German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

The MGG Academy is a training and dialogue format for highly qualified young professionals from rising powers and Europe. It supports future change makers who are dedicated to global cooperation and a transformation to sustainability. Addressing global challenges by building trust, learning from diverse perspectives and co-creating solutions form core assets of the MGG Academy.

The diverse, full-time programme brings together participants from governmental institutions, think tanks and research institutions, civil society and the private sector in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

Aim and Benefits

A global learning journey:

Participants explore solutions for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and broaden their perspectives by learning from peers with other sectroal and national backgrounds.

A dialogue-oriented and interactive approach:

The Academy combines a broad range of working methods, including practical experience and participatory approaches, training, lectures and discussions with experts, study trips and peer coaching.

A life-long network:

MGG participants build up intense interpersonal contacts to their peers and have access to the MGG network of institutions.


  • The participants in the MGG Academy are granted a scholarship from the German Federal Government. The scholarship covers the current costs of living, all MGG related costs and travel expenses in Germany and Europe as well as health, personal liability and accident insurances during the training in Germany.
    • The scholarship ensures an adequate standard of living in Germany. However, it is not sufficient to provide financial support for families or relatives, neither for a visit to Germany, nor at home.

In detail, the scholarship includes:

  • participation in all components,
  • lodging during all stages of the course,
  • monthly allowances to cover local living costs,
  • health, accident and personal liability insurances,
  • monthly ticket for local public transport.


  • Be a national or a permanent resident of one of the participating countries.
  • Have the support of their employer (written support required as part of the application).
  • have an university degree (minimum Bachelor)
  • Have a passion for global cooperation and sustainable development.
  • Be ready to participate in an intensive, full-time programme (8 hours per day, 40 weekly working hours).
  • Work in a partner institution of the MGG network or in an institution that is interested in future cooperation.
  • Have a very good command of the English language (equivalent to B2 level of the CEFR).
  • Be between 25 and 40 years old. (Older applicants, who have taken longer periods of care, parental or sick leave, may be considered.)
  • Have at least three years of working experience (non-remunerated experience is also recognised).
  • Be sensitive to other cultures, open to teamwork and to a broad variety of working methods.

Employers are requested to:

  • Grant their employees a special leave of absence for the training period and relieve them of job-related tasks for the duration of the MGG Academy.
  • Cover the costs of the round trip to and from Germany.
  • Come to an agreement ensuring the living standards of the employee’s relatives in their home country.
  • Support their employees in transferring the newly acquired competencies to their job.

The MGG Academy is committed to diversity and inclusion. We therefore invite all eligible candidates, irrespective of their gender, ethnic and religious backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply.

Application Deadline

March 3, 2024

How to Apply

For more details, visit MGG Academy website.

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