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.
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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):
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 Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities is an association of eight academies of sciences and humanities. Its membership includes over 2,000 researchers and academics who are outstanding representatives of their disciplines, both nationally and internationally, and whose work covers a broad range of subject areas.