Georg Forster Research Fellowship for postdoctoral students

Are you a postdoctoral student just starting out on your academic career? Are you planning a long-term period of research in Germany? Is your research project relevant to the development of your country or region of origin? Then apply for a Georg Forster Research Fellowship for postdoctoral students. Through the fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) supports postdoctoral students in all disciplines from developing countries and emerging economies (apart from China and India).

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualification (completed not more than four years ago)
  • Academic publications in journals and publications that are peer-reviewed in line with international standards
  • Choice of a research project of high relevance to the further development of the applicant’s country or region of origin
  • Confirmation of a research place and mentoring agreement at a host research institution in Germany
  • Language skills: natural and engineering sciences: good command of German or English; humanities and social sciences and medicine: good command of German to the extent that this is necessary for the successful pursuit of the research, and otherwise a good command of English
  • Citizenship and main place of residence and work in a developing country or emerging economy (apart from PR China and India)

What form does funding take?

The fellowship provides for a monthly stipend of 2,650 euros. In addition, travel cost allowances, language stipends and allowances for accompanying family members can be granted, among other things.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: