Georg Forster Research Fellowship

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Are you a highly qualified postdoctoral student or experienced researcher from a developing country or emerging economy? And are you interested in spending a period of time researching in Germany? Then apply for a Georg Forster Research Fellowship.

Up to 80 fellowships per year

Each year since 1996, this Alexander von Humboldt Foundation programme has been supporting up to 80 researchers in all disciplines from developing countries and emerging economies. The fellowship allows them to spend between six months and two years working at a research institution in Germany and collaborating with host researchers of their own choice. The research project should make an important contribution to the development of the researcher’s country or region of origin. The fellowship programme is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Considerable support available

Postdoctoral students who completed a PhD within the past four years receive 2,650 euros per month. Experienced researchers who completed their doctoral degree within the past twelve years receive funding of 3,150 euros per month. It is also possible to apply for additional funding such as a travel cost allowance, a language course grant and subsidies for accompanying family members.

No closing date for applications

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • a PhD or equivalent academic qualification
  • an outstanding research track record
  • a promise of supervision from a host research institution in Germany

Researchers interested in a Georg Forster Research Fellowship can submit an application to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at any time.

Georg Forster Research Award

Once a year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation additionally presents up to four leading researchers from emerging economies and developing countries with a Georg Forster Research Award in recognition of their achievements to date. Winners of this award receive 60,000 euros and are invited to spend a period of time conducting research in Germany. Researchers cannot apply for this award themselves but have to be nominated by established academics employed by a university or research institution in Germany. The closing date for nominations is 15 January 2016.

Interested in a Georg Forster Research Fellowship or the Georg Forster Research Award? More information can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation website: