Georg Forster Research Award programme is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. However, The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well as other national and international partners.
The Georg Forster Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics of all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers the Georg Forster Research Award for nationals of any developing or transition country who are excellent researchers in any field of study.
Nominees for the Georg Forster Research Award must be nationals of a developing or transition country (excluding People’s Republic of China and India). Furthermore, at the time of nomination, they must have had their main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers.
- The nominee must be recognised internationally as an outstandingly qualified academic (e.g. awards, positive responses to publications, etc.).
- The nominee’s future perspectives must indicate that she/he will continue to be an active, academically influential researcher in the coming years with relevance to the development of the nominee’s own county.
- The nominee must be exceptionally qualified to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.
- The nominee must be a national of a developing or transition country (excluding People’s Republic of China and India; cf. detailed list of countries). At the time of nomination, he or she must have had his or her main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years.;
- Detailed expert opinion (laudation) by an academic working at a research institution in Germany who would like to invite the nominee to spend time researching in Germany.
- Two expert reviews one by an important academic from abroad and one by a German scientist/scholar;
- The Humboldt Foundation assumes that candidates will abide by the Rules of Good Scientific Practice during the application and sponsorship periods.
The Selection Committee makes its decision solely on the basis of the nominees’ academic qualifications and the relevance of their research to the development of their own countries.
Citizens of Developing or Transition countries – see complete list of countries
Any accredited university or research institution in Germany
Fields of study
All research programmes in any discipline – award winners conduct research project of their own choosing in Germany
Number of awards
Up to six Georg Forster Research Awards are granted annually
The project duration of about six to twelve months may be divided into segments
The award amount totals €60,000. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law.
In addition, award winners are invited to conduct a research project of their own choosing in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague. To support the collaboration, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation may grant additional funding of up to €25,000, particularly for participating in scientific conferences, additional material resources, e.g., specialist literature and scientific equipment for the nominee’s own institute, as well as for involving junior researchers.
Method of Application
Nominations should be sent online to the Humboldt Foundation. The Humboldt Foundation will confirm receipt of the online nomination by email. It is the nominator’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents.
It is important to read the Guidelines for completing the nomination, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on the selection procedure.
Application Deadline: 31 October 2017
Open to International students: Yes