Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presents up to six Georg Forster Research Awards each year to internationally outstanding researchers from developing and transition countries in recognition of their academic record to date. The research award was named for renowned German ethnologist Georg Forster (1754–1794) and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Who may submit a nomination?

Nominations for a Georg Forster Research Award may be initiated by established researchers at research institutions in Germany. Humboldt Foundation award winners working abroad are also eligible to submit nominations jointly with a researcher working in Germany.

Who may be nominated?

Eligible for nomination are researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or findings have had a lasting effect on their discipline beyond their immediate research area and who will continue to contribute to developing research-based approaches to the specific challenges of developing and emerging countries. The individual nominated must additionally meet the following criteria:

  • The nominee’s academic achievements must be internationally recognised and proven by corresponding successes in research.
  • The nominee may not previously have received an award from the Humboldt Foundation for her/his academic work.
  • The nominee must be a citizen of a developing or transition country
    (excluding PR China and India, see list of countries (PDF)). The nominee must have lived and worked in one of these countries for at least five years at the time of nomination.

What we need from you

As soon as we have received your nomination with all the required documents, we will begin the external review process. You must upload the following documents in the online nomination form:

  • your personal statement
    (laudation, scientific appraisal; two to five pages)
  • information on an invitation to Germany
    (two pages max)
  • list of the nominee’s key publications
    (two pages max, including comments)
  • nominee’s list of publications from the last ten years

In addition:

  • an expert review from a renowned researcher working in Germany
  • an expert review from a renowned researcher working abroad

Both of these references must be uploaded by the reviewer him/herself. Please take note of the instructions on the response form.

The selection procedure

The nomination period usually ends on 31 October of each year. The independent Selection Committee comprised of researchers of all disciplines generally meets in the summer of the following year to select the award winner. The Committee’s decision is based on the independent peer reviews, the nominees’ academic qualifications and the significance of their research for the development of their home country.

The main selection criteria include:

  • the nominee’s outstanding international reputation as a researcher
  • research findings with a demonstrable impact that extends beyond the immediate field of work
  • the significance of the awarding of a research prize in relation to the developmental relevance of the research  (The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals can serve as a point of reference here.)
  • the nominee’s multiplier effect in research, teaching, and science management and in other development-related processes outside the research field

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