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 established 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

Further requirements

The nominee must not yet have entered permanent employment in Germany at the time of selection.

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 heads of institutes or established researchers at Fraunhofer institutes.

Funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation

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