Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

In brief

Award winners are honoured for their achievements in the field of applied research and are invited to conduct a research project of their own choice with fellow experts at one of the Fraunhofer Institutes 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
  • completed their doctorate less than 18 years ago
  • are recognised internationally as outstanding researchers in their field of applied research
  • are expected to continue producing cutting-edge research and have a lasting impact beyond their area of specialisation

Type and extent of funding

Award of 45,000 euros.

Travel lump sum

Sponsorship of a German language course


6 to 12 months. The research 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 the directors of a Fraunhofer Institute.

Funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation

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