Nominations Open for Georg Forster Research Award!

Deadline: 31 October 2017

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is inviting researchers for its Georg Forster Research Award recognising renowned academics from the developing and transition countries.

The objective of the Georg Forster Research Award is to honour the recipients’ life’s work to date.

Award winners are invited to conduct a research project of their own choosing in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague.


  • The award amount totals €60,000. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law.
  • 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 Criteria

  • Academics of all disciplines, from developing and transition countries, except China and India are eligible for nomination.
  • Applicants must have had their main residence and place of work in 1 of these eligible countries for at least 5 years.
  • The nominee’s outstanding academic qualifications must be internationally recognised and documented by successes in research, such as well-received academic publications or previous awards.
  • Applicants likely to continue to be an active, academically influential researcher in the coming years, with regard to the development of the nominee’s own county, and be exceptionally qualified to continue developing research-based solutions to meet the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.
  • Nomination of qualified female researchers is particularly encouraged.
  • Nomination has to be done by an established academic employed by a university or research institution in Germany.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit Georg Foster Research Award.

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