Deadline: October 31, 2020

Applications are open for the Georg Forster Research Award 2020. The Award is granted 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 objective of the Georg Forster Research Award is to honour the recipients’ life’s work to date. In addition, Award winners are invited to conduct a research project of their own choosing in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague. The project duration of about six to twelve months may be divided into segments. The objective of inviting award winners to Germany is to contribute to the long-term promotion of outstanding scientific multipliers in transition and developing countries whose research will contribute to improving living conditions in their own countries.

Award

  • The award amounts up to €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 €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.

Eligibility

  • 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;
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers.

Requirements

  • 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.

Application

Nominations may be submitted online to the Humboldt Foundation until the respective deadline.

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. The documents required in addition to the nomination documents, i.e. the confidential statements by the expert reviewers, can be submitted to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly, at the same time as the nomination.

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For more information, visit Georg Forster Research Award.

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