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Humboldt Research Fellowship Georg Forster Fellowship Humboldt Research Award International Climate Protection Fellowship Federal Chancellor Fellowships Alexander von Humboldt Professorship Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

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Country Code: P158
Name of Programme: Humboldt Research Fellowship Georg Forster Fellowship Humboldt Research Award International Climate Protection Fellowship Federal Chancellor Fellowships Alexander von Humboldt Professorship Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
Organisation responsible for the programme: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Type of organisation: Foundation
Country: Germany
Web Link: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/sponsorship.html
Starting Date 1953
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable) Yes: German Foreign Office, Germany's Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral and experienced researchers are the main instruments with which the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from outside Germany (who defended their dissertation not more than 12 years ago) to spend extended periods of research (from six up to 24 months, depending on time passed since defending the applicant's dissertation) in Germany.
Additionally, the Humboldt Foundation grants various awards for scientific achievements on different career levels (Bessel Award, Humboldt Award). The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award enables top-ranking researchers up to 6 years after completion of their PhD to spend five years building up working groups and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their own choice at a research institution in Germany.
The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, enables award winners to carry out long-term and ground-breaking research at universities and research institutions in Germany. It offers the highest prize money of all German research sponsorship programmes, totalling 5 million EUR for academics in experimental disciplines and 3.5 million EUR for researchers in theoretical disciplines. It is being made available for a period of five years.

 
Priority actions
Scientists and scholars from all disciplines and countries may apply. There are no quotas for countries or disciplines in the selection process.
Research projects are carried out in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Candidates choose their own research projects and their host in Germany and prepare their own research plan.
The Humboldt Foundation sponsors people, not projects.
The active Humboldt alumni network is supported by a variety of alumni sponsorship schemes.

 
Management and coordination
This programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is being financed by the German Foreign Office, Germany's Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; the Humboldt Foundation is in charge of managing and coordinating the programme.
 
Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend a research stay in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation maintains a network of more than 24,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in over 130 countries worldwide - including 43 Nobel Prize winners, thus creating a unique network of knowledge and trust.
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