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Research awards

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Foundation inside and outside Germany offer an enormous number of research awards.
On the following websites you find listigs ordered by topics that will help you find suitable award programs for you to apply to or to nominate a colleague. (Due to the large number the following overview cannot be complete.)

We have only included awards for which individuals can be nominated or for which they may apply themselves.

If you have any questions concerning the application or nominatin process, do not hesitate to contact us.

If a nominations needs to be signed by an official Univesity  representative (e.g. Rektor or Kanzler), please contact us some weeks in advance.


Structure by research topic for research awards:


On our other websites you find further information on research awards:


In the following, we only list programs whose websites provide information in English. For a more comprehensive survey on German research funding institutions, please consult the German version of this site. International researchers may be eligible to apply  even if no information in English is provided.


Research awards - open topics


  • Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation: Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
    Deadline: Any time
    Note: Researchers from abroad, who completed their doctorate less than 18 years ago

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation: Humboldt-Research Award
    Deadline: Any time
    Note: Researchers from abroad

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation: Georg Forster-Research Award
    Deadline: 15 January (anually)
    Note: Researchers from developing or transition countries

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation: Max-Planck-Research Award
    Deadline: 15 January 2016 (Life Sciences)
    Note: Anually-alternating topics

  • International Balzan Foundation: Balzan Prize
    Deadline: 15 March (anually)
    Note: Anually-alternating topics

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