Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award

In brief

The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award honours excellent researchers from abroad for their outstanding academic achievements. They are given the opportunity to set up a permanent research project at a host institution of their choice in Germany. The award is bestowed on an annually alternating basis in the fields of natural and engineering sciences, life sciences, and humanities and social sciences.

Who can apply?

Researchers can be nominated who

  • completed their PhD a maximum of 15 years previously
  • at the time of nomination have primarily lived and worked abroad for at least 5 years
  • on account of their extremely successful, unconventional, innovative and daring research work can be reasonably expected to achieve further scientific breakthroughs

Type and extent of funding

Research budget of 1.5 million euros, plus personal prize money of 80,000 euros.


5 years


Nominations can be made solely by the Max Planck Society.

Funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation

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