Course(s) Offered: Any research program
Course Level: Graduate (phd, Postdoc)
Provider: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Country to Study in: Germany
The Georg Forster Research Award is provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The 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 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.
Nominees 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 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.
Nationals of a developing or transition country (excluding People's Republic of China and India). See the detailed list of countries. Women researchers are encouraged to apply.
Any university or research institution in Germany
Fields of study
Any research programmes offered by the university
Number of awards
Up to five (5) Georg Forster Research Awards
The project duration of about six to twelve months may be divided into segments
The award amount totals EUR 60,000. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law.
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.
Method of Application
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.
To make a nomination, please use only the current nomination documents, which can be downloaded from the Humboldt Foundation’s website (see link below). Please visit the Guidelines for completing the nomination on the Humboldt Foundation’s website for further information on the selection procedure.
The deadline date for the 2013 Georg Forster Research Awards for Developing Countries is 15th May 2013
Nominees will be notified about the Selection Committee’s decision immediately after the meeting.
Application Deadline: 15 May 2013
Open to International students: Yes
More Scholarship Information and Application
Related: Georg Forster Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Developing Countries