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Inter-Research Science Center

Fellowships and prizes in ecology

Principal Office: Germany

The Inter-Research Science Center (IR) is a self-sustaining science center in northern Germany, and a major publisher of journals and books in the environmental sciences.

IR uses a share of its revenue to support science, education and ethics, and research on endangered species.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Among its several programs, the IR sponsors the nonprofit International Ecology Institute. The Ecology Institute oversees the awarding of international prizes and fellowships.

Ecology Institute Prize — The ECI Prize is awarded to ecologists distinguished by their outstanding and sustained career scientific achievements. The Prize rotates among terrestrial, marine, and limnetic ecologists on a worldwide basis. One prize of €6 thousand is awarded annually.

About the Ecology Institute Prize


International Recognition of Professional Excellence Prize — The IRPE Prize honors young ecologists (under age 40) who have published independent, original, and/or challenging research, and/or who work under difficult conditions. The Prize rotates among terrestrial, marine, and limnetic ecologists on a worldwide basis. One prize of €3 thousand is awarded annually.

About the IRPE Prize


Otto Kinne Foundation Fellowships — The Otto Kinne Foundation (OKF) awards fellowships to young environmental scientists in Eastern Europe, the Balkan countries, and the Caucasus region. Supportable topics include basic science and research on the protection and management of species and natural environments. OKF selects up to three fellowship recipients every two years.

About Fellowships


APPLICATION: The Ecology Institute announces calls for nominations for each of the ECI Prize, the IRPE Prize, and OKF Fellowships.

Each call includes information about criteria, references, and when and how to submit nominations.

Find announcements on the Institute’s homepage

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


Note: The EIP Prize and the IRPE Prize are open worldwide. The OKF fellowships are for environmental scientists in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

The website of the Inter-Research Science Center is available in English.

The Ecology Institute provides short profiles of the past winners of the EIP and IRPE prizes, as well as the names and projects of past Otto Kinne fellows (consult each program area for these details).

Contact provides an address and detailed contact information by department.

December 2020