Integral to the workings of the IASS, the fellowship provides fellows with considerable scope for engaging in societal debates on the implementation of sustainable development strategies and refining their own particular approach. In addition to their stipend, the IASS provides Klaus Töpfer Fellows with up to 50,000 euros to cover any material costs incurred over the course of the one-year fellowship.
The fellowship is advertised in Germany and abroad by way of a Call for Applications. The successful candidate is selected by a commission. The full text of the Call for Applications can be found here.