Georg Forster Research Fellowship

In brief

Early career and experienced researchers with above-average qualifications from developing and transition countries can carry out a research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice in Germany. The research project must deal with issues of relevance to the future development of the candidate’s country or region of origin.

Who can apply?

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

  • are nationals of and have been living and working in developing countries, emerging economies or transition states for at least the last 5 years (excluding the People’s Republic of China and India)
  • are recognised internationally as outstanding researchers in their field and who have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond
  • are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries

Type and extent of funding

Fellowship of 2,670 euros (postdocs) or 3,170 euros (experienced researcher) per month plus language course, travel expenses, family allowance, extensive alumni sponsorship and allowance for research costs (for the host institution).


Up to 12 months.


The nomination period usually ends on 31 October of each year.  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.