Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established in 1860.
Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than
1800 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in
Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of some 23,000 Humboldtians
from all disciplines in 130 countries worldwide - including 40 Nobel
excellence. There are no quotas, either for individual countries or for
individual scientific disciplines. Their selection committees, composed
of academics from all subjects, make their decisions independently and
solely on the basis of the applicants' academic quality.
- Sponsorship. Even in the days of increasing teamwork it is
abilities and dedication of the individual that are decisive for
achieving academic success.
- Supporting innovation through academic independence.
for postdoctoral researchers:
Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers
allows you to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) you
have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host you have
selected yourself at a research institution in Germany.
If you are a successful top-rank junior researcher from
abroad, only completed your doctorate with distinction in the last six
years, and have published work in prestigious international journals or
publishing houses, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows you to spend
years building up working groups and working on a high-profile,
innovative research project of your own choice at a research
institution of your own choice in Germany.
The next announcement for applications is planned for the first half of
the year 2009, the deadline for application will probably be in the
beginning of 2010 and the selection meeting is scheduled for early
summer 2010. The award is valued at 1.65 million EUR.
for experienced researchers:
Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
If you are a researcher from abroad with above average
qualifications, completed your doctorate less than twelve years ago,
already have your own research profile and are working at least at the
level of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Group Leader or have a
record of several years of independent academic work, Humboldt Research
Fellowship for experienced researchers allows you to carry out a
long-term research project (6-18 months) you have selected yourself in
cooperation with an academic host you have selected yourself at a
research institution in Germany. The fellowship is flexible and can be
divided up into as many as three stays within three years.
Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
(Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Forschungspreis)
Scientists and scholars, internationally renowned in their
field, who completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago and
who in future are expected to continue producing cutting-edge
achievements which will have a seminal influence on their discipline
beyond their immediate field of work, are eligible to be nominated for
a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The Humboldt Foundation
grants up to 25 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards annually. The
award is valued at 45,000 EUR.
The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire
achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new
theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own
discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge
achievements in future are eligible to be nominated for a Humboldt
Research Award. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt
Research Awards annually. The award is valued at 60,000 EUR.
Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Award
Outstanding scientists and scholars from abroad whose
fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a
significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to
continue producing cutting-edge achievements in future are eligible to
be nominated for a Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Award provided that they
work in fields falling within the remit of research at Helmholtz
Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
(Alexander von Humboldt-Professur)
Academics of all disciplines from abroad, who are
internationally recognised as leaders in their field and who are
expected to contribute to enhancing Germany's sustained international
competitiveness as a research location in consequence of the award, are
eligible to be nominated for an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship.
The prize money, totalling 5 million EUR for academics in experimental
disciplines and 3.5 million EUR for researchers in theoretical
disciplines, is being made available for a period of five years.
Max Planck Research Award
Excellent scientists and scholars of all nationalities who are
expected to continue producing outstanding academic achievements in
international collaboration - not least with the assistance of this
award - are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck Research Award.
On an annually-alternating basis, the call for nominations addresses
areas within the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences,
and the humanities. The Max Planck Research Award 2009 will be awarded
in the area of humanities in the field of History and Memory. As a
rule, each award is endowed with 750,000 EUR and may be used over a
period of three to a maximum of five years to fund research chosen by
the award winner.
Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange
Outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists from
abroad who, as multipliers in and through the field of academic
studies, have made an exceptional contribution to the enduring
promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own
countries, are eligible to be nominated for the Reimar Lüst Award for
International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange. The award is valued at
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