Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

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 established 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

Further requirements

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.

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.

Funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation

Here you will find a list of the funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation.