Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

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Funded by

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

In brief

Junior researchers in all disciplines can carry out a research project in Germany in cooperation with an academic host of their choice in Germany. The research project must deal with issues of major relevance to the future development of the candidate’s country or region of origin.

Who can apply?

Postdocs with

  • citizenship of as well as principal place of residence and work in a developing country, emerging economy or transition state (excluding the People’s Republic of China and India)
  • an outstanding doctorate or a comparable academic degree completed less than 4 years ago
  • academic publications that have been reviewed according to international standards and printed in journals and/or by publishing houses
  • a good knowledge of German or English

Further requirements

Applicants must present a confirmation that research facilities are available, as well as a mentoring agreement and a detailed expert’s statement by an academic host at a research institution in Germany.

Type and extent of funding

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


6 to 24 months.


Applications can be submitted online at any time. You can access the online application form on the programme website (see link below).