Georg Forster Research Award for Researchers from Developing & Transition Countries (€60,000)

Grant / Award Research in Applied Science , in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Education and Languages , in Engineering , in Medicine , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Germany, Germany
  • Apply Before : October 31, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 53218
  • Degree Non Degree Program/CertificateResearch
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 6
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 6 to 12 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Nominations are now open for the Georg Forster International Research Award in Germany. Each year, The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presents up to six Georg Forster Research Awards to internationally outstanding researchers from developing and transition nation to recognize their lifetime’s academic record to date. The award is aimed at supporting the long-term promotion of exceptional scientific multipliers in transition and developing countries whose research will contribute to bettering living conditions in their home countries.

Award details

  • Nomination deadline: 31 October 2023
  • Award organizer: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Funded by: Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Country: Germany
  • Number of awards: 6
  • Nomination range: International
  • Award stay duration: 6 to 12 months
  • Award value: € 60K

Benefits of the Georg Forster Research Award

The award recipients will:

  • Have the opportunity to work and network with internationally leading researchers
  • Receive €60,000 award money (a research stay of up to 12 months in Germany), explore the Humboldt network and life.
  • Enjoy individualized support and funding of up to €25,000 to finance academic collaboration
  • Receive invitations to several events or the opportunity to attend language courses.

What the award winners are expected to do?

Award winners are invited to carry out a research project of their choice at a research institution in Germany in collaboration with specialist colleagues there. Besides, the award provides a total stay of between six months and a full year, which can be divided into multiple stays. Also, if required, the foundation will provide further funding of up to €25,000 to support academic collaboration – particularly- to cover the expenses of participating in academic conferences, of material resources at the home institution, or of including junior researchers.

Eligibility Criteria

Who may submit a nomination?

  • Established researchers at research institutions in Germany may nominate applicants for a Georg Forster Research Award. In addition, Humboldt Foundation award winners working overseas can also submit nominations jointly with a researcher who works in Germany.

Who may be nominated?

  • Researchers whose essential explorations, new theories, insights or findings have had a significant impact on their discipline beyond their immediate research area.
  • Researchers who will continue to contribute to generating research-based approaches to the specific problems of developing and transition countries are eligible to apply.

The individual nominated must additionally satisfy the following criteria:

  • The nominee’s academic accomplishments must bear international recognition and proof by corresponding successes in research such as publications etc.
  • The nominee may not previously have won an award from the Humboldt Foundation for her/his academic work.
  • Must be a national of a developing or transition country
    (excluding PR China and India),
  • The nominee must have resided and worked in one of these countries for at least five years at the time of nomination.
  • Finally, the foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers.

Reminder: Self-nominations are not possible, nor may applicants nominate their close relatives or their marital/registered partner.

Evaluation criteria of the Georg Forster Research Award

The Selection Committee takes its decisions on basis of:

  • The independent peer review of the nominations;
  • Nominees’ academic qualifications; and
  • Significance of their research to development of their countries.

Selection procedure

The independent Selection Committee consisting of researchers of all disciplines generally meets once in a year to decide on and selects the award winner. It reviews the nominations and soon after their receipt.

Notification of results

The foundation will inform the nominees of the selection decision after its selection committee meeting.

How to nominate for the Georg Forster Research Award?

Nominations for the award may only be submitted completely and online.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact (info@avh.de).

Visit the Humboldt website for more information on nomination, required documents and general regulations for the award.

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