Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

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Are you a young researcher dreaming of an academic job with good long-term prospects? Ideally one with your own research group and secure funding? Then apply for the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, with which 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. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Applications are welcome from researchers of any nationality.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • PhD (or equivalent academic qualification) completed within the past six years
  • outstanding academic track record
  • no leadership position already held in Germany
  • no permanent employment contract in Germany
  • support of a host institution in Germany
  • 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 set up their own research group at a research institution of their choice in Germany. The award-winner may use part of the funding to cover their own living costsin Germany.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted until 31 July 2017.

Terms and conditions of application

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