Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

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Funded by

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

In brief

Award winners are honoured for their outstanding research record and invited to conduct a research project of their own choice in Germany in close collaboration with fellow experts at a research institution in Germany.

Who can apply?

A nomination can only be made in favour of senior researchers who

  • have predominantly lived and worked outside Germany for at least 5 years
  • are recognised internationally as outstanding researchers in their field
  • are expected to continue producing cutting-edge research and have a lasting impact beyond their area of specialisation
  • completed their doctorate less than 18 years ago

Type and extent of funding

Award of 45,000 euros.


6 to 12 months. The stay can be divided into blocks.


Nominations can be submitted at any time. It is not possible for researchers to apply themselves; nominations can only be made by established researchers employed at a university or another research institution in Germany.