Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

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Many young researchers dream of an academic job with good long-term prospects – ideally one with their own research group and secure funding. Through its Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports particularly promising young researchers from abroad. Award-winners receive up to 1.65 million euros over a period of five years, to be spent on any research project they choose. This allows them to establish their own working group at a research institution of their choice in Germany and to cover their own costs of living. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • Applicants are expected to have completed their PhD (or equivalent academic qualification) within the past six years.
  • An outstanding academic track record is required.
  • Applicants should not have already held any leadership position in Germany, e.g. head of junior research group.
  • They should not have held or accepted any offer of permanent employment in Germany.
  • Applicants must have the support of a host institution in Germany.
  • They must have the support of three academic referees.

What form does funding take?

Award-winners receive up to 1.65 million euros over a period of five years. This allows them to pursue a research project of their choice. The award-winner may use part of the funding to cover their own living costs in Germany.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted until 31 July 2016.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: > Sofja Kovalevskaja Award