Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

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Funded by

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

In brief

Junior researchers can establish their own working groups and spend 5 years working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their choice at a research institution in Germany.

Who can apply?

Postdocs from abroad with

  • a doctorate or a comparable academic degree completed with distinction less than 6 years ago
  • cutting-edge academic achievements documented by a comprehensive list of academic publications that were peer-reviewed according to international standards
  • a good knowledge of German or English

Further requirements

Applicants must present a detailed expert report from the academic host as well as a confirmation from the host institution. Applicants should not have previously held a leadership position in Germany.

Type and extent of funding

Funding of up to 1.65 million euros to realise the approved research project; extensive alumni sponsorship.


5 years.


Applications are expected to become possible from spring 2019. Applications can be submitted online. You can access the online application form on the programme website (see link below).