Academies of Sciences and Humanities

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German academies of sciences and humanities have a long tradition in the German research landscape. Academies are engaged in long-term basic research. They also provide guidance and advice to society and policymakers.

Awards and Prizes for Postdocs and Junior Researchers

German academies of sciences and humanities honour young, usually junior researchers with prizes and medals and also award scholarships. Such support can involve funding for a research project or a personal prize. These research prizes constitute a special honour for the award-winner quite apart from any prize money involved. A personal application is usually not possible. The individual academies provide information about the respective procedures.

Here are some examples of prizes awarded by academies (there are also additional prizes linked with specific subject areas or research locations):

Awards and Prizes for Senior Researchers

Academies honour established scholars for their life’s work. Personal application is usually not possible. Academies award prizes for outstanding research work in the most varied subject areas.

Here are some examples of prizes and awards for established scholars:

  • The Academy Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities is endowed with 50,000 euros in prize money and may be awarded biennially.
  • The Gauss Professorship (in German) of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities enables outstanding scholars from outside Germany – primarily astronomers, geophysicists, mathematicians and physicists – to complete a research stay in Göttingen.
  • The Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz awards the annual Joseph Breitbach Literary Prize (in German), which is endowed with 50,000 euros, for German-language writing in all literary genres.
  • Every two years, the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg confers the Hamburg Science Award, which is generously endowed with 100,000 euros. The founder’s intention is to focus attention on research areas of societal significance.

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