Frequently asked questions

All the important aspects of ISA, summarized here. Your question is not answered here? Then contact our team at any time.

What is the ISA?

The International Sustainability Academy is a 9-month program for the support of committed people in their projects and research into the implementation of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Who is the target group?

The program is aimed at people who are already involved in activities in connection with SDGs. These could be students or career starters or Start-up founders. Those taking part come from countries which are on the so-called DAC list (Development Assistance Committee of the OECD).

When and where does the program take place?

From the fall of 2019 there will be a program course every year. Hamburg as the second largest city in Germany offers countless possibilities for the further development of individual projects. The central contact office for those taking part is the WÄLDERHAUS in the city district Wilhelmsburg.

What are the components of this program?

Each participant has an individual program based on the chosen research or business project. The main focus is on the close exchange amongst the scholarship holders during individual research work. Program modules are practical training sessions of weeks or days in companies and institutions, Best Practice visits in Hamburg and elsewhere in Germany, Master Classes by international networked speakers and cooperation with selected universities. A 10-week German language course rounds off the program.

Which organization is behind the ISA?

The ISA is a project of the none-profit organization Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald Landesverband Hamburg e. V. (SDW).

How can I apply?

An application is only possible online using the template on the website. Closing date for applications is 6 months before the beginning of the respective program course.

What are the criteria for the selection of applicants?

Selection is based on the following requirements:

      • INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES – Profesional qualification –, open-mindedness and interest;
      • VALUE ORIENTATION / RESPONSIBILITY – standpoint and tolerance – independent thinking
      • PERSONALITY – motivation – potential – personal presentation – social competence.


When will I receive notice of acceptance or rejection?

Response to the applications will be sent out at the latest two weeks after the deadline for applications

Do I need proof of language skills?

Yes, the minimum requirement is English knowledge to level B1. This proof can be by means of an internationally recognized certificate (e.g. TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge). If no certificate is available there will be an individual examination to decide if, for example, stays abroad or English-speaking university courses are sufficient as evidence.

Is a German language course offered?

Yes, at the beginning of the program we offer a 6-week German course.

What costs can I expect?

This is a scholarship which includes the costs of living. For participation in the program and accommodation there are no costs incurred to the scholarship-holder.

Do I receive support in my application for a visa?

Yes, participants will receive an official invitation and a Scholarship Agreement that can be submitted for the visa application.

How do I find an apartment?

The ISA provides fully furnished shared apartments for the whole duration of stay.

How do I find the right flight?

The ISA pays the costs of the return flight and arranges the booking.

What happens after the program ends?

All those taking part will receive a certificate in order to be able to verify the specialist knowledge and intercultural experience they have acquired. We also remain in contact after the end of the program via a digital Alumni network.