Georg Forster Research Award

In brief

Award winners are honoured for their outstanding research record and are invited to conduct a research project of their own choice in Germany in close cooperation with fellow experts at a research institution in Germany. The award is granted to researchers from developing countries, emerging economies and transition states.

Who can apply?

A nomination can only be made in favour of established scientists who

  • are nationals of and have been living and working in developing countries, emerging economies or transition states for at least the last 5 years (excluding the People’s Republic of China and India)
  • are recognised internationally as outstanding researchers in their field and who have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond
  • are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries

Type and extent of funding

Award of 60,000 euros. In addition, award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany in collaboration with fellow experts. To support the collaboration, additional funding of up to 25,000 euros can be granted for conference participation, materials and equipment.


Up to 12 months.


It is not possible for researchers to apply themselves; nominations can only be made by established researchers employed at a university or another research institution in Germany. For details of the nomination process please see the programme website (link below).

Funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation

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