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 Prize winners.
- Academic 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 the abilities and dedication of the individual that are decisive for achieving academic success.
- Supporting innovation through academic independence.
Programmes for postdoctoral researchers:
Humboldt 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.
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
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 five 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.
Programmes for experienced researchers:
Humboldt 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.
Friedrich 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.
Humboldt Research Award
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 Centres.
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 50,000 EUR.
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