Conduct a Research Project with Georg Forster Research Award

Deadline: 15 January 2015
Open to: highly-qualified candidates from developing and threshold countries who are  recognized internationally as an outstandingly qualified academic
Fellowship: EUR 60,000


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.

An established academic employed by a university or research institution in Germany must take the initiative to nominate a candidate for the Georg Forster Research Award. Nominations may also be initiated by award winners of the Humboldt Foundation working abroad, provided that the nomination is made jointly with a colleague working in Germany. Self-nomination is not possible.


  • Nominees must be nationals of a developing or transition country (see the list HERE). At the time of nomination, candidates must have had their main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years.
  • The nominee must be recognized 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 country.


The award amount totals EUR 60,000. 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 EUR 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.


The submission deadline is 15 January 2015.

Applicants should apply by post. To make a nomination, please use only the current nomination documents, which can be downloaded from the Humboldt Foundation’s website.

Applications may be sent to the following address:
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Selection Department
Jean-Paul-Strasse 12
53173 Bonn, Germany

For more information, please visit the official website.

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