Every year the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to eight Anneliese Maier Research Awards funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to outstanding researchers from abroad in all fields of the humanities, social science, cultural science, law and economics to promote research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany, contributing towards the further internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany.
Nominations for the research award can be made for researchers from the fields of the humanities and social sciences whose scientific achievements have been internationally recognised in their research area and from whose research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany a sustainable contribution is expected towards the further internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany.
The award amount is generally EUR 250,000 and is made available over a period of five years to finance research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany.
In addition to researchers who already number among the established leaders in their subject, the award is also aimed at researchers who are not yet so advanced in their scientific careers but who are already internationally established researchers from whom a sustainable shaping of the humanities and social sciences in Germany can be expected through the prospects of long-term collaboration. Particular importance is attached to the nomination of qualified female researchers.
The initiative for an Anneliese Maier Research Award (nomination) must come from an established scholar who is employed with a university or another research institution in Germany. Self-nominations are not possible.
The scientific achievements of the nominated candidate to date must be internationally recognised and proven by corresponding successes in research (e.g. positive reception of scientific publications, previous awards).
Researchers can only receive the Anneliese Maier Research Award once. Nominations are excluded for researchers whose scientific achievements have already been recognised with an award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. At the time of nomination, the nominated candidate must have been predominantly living and working abroad for at least five years. Moreover, the nominees must not have held or accepted an offer of permanent employment in Germany prior to the selection date. In cases of doubt, please contact the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in advance.
Use of the Award Amount
The award amount is made available over a period of five years to finance the self-chosen research collaboration of the award winner with specialist colleagues in Germany and the associated research work of the collaborative partners. The award winner is permitted to take all expenditures out of the award amount that serve this purpose. A substantial part of the award amount should be used to involve students, doctoral candidates and junior researchers from Germany and abroad in the funded research collaborations. To cover the living costs of the award winner during a research stay in Germany up to 20% of the award amount (up to EUR 10,000 per month) may be used. Beyond this, the award amount or parts thereof may not be used for the personal income of the award winner.
For detailed information on the structure of the programme and on the accounting obligations of the award winners, please refer to the “ Information booklet: Information and Recommendationsfor Award Winners”.
An independent Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will decide on the submitted nominations in November 2015. Please submit the full nomination documents by 30 April 2015 at the latest to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn.
Please use only the currently valid nomination documents to submit a nomination. These can be downloaded from the website of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at http://www.humboldt-foundation.de.
Further information on the selection procedure can be found on the website of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and in the document “Guidelines for completing the nomination”.
The Anneliese Maier Research Award is awarded in recognition of first-class research achievements and the personality of outstanding academics. In their previous and future research work and during any research stay undertaken in Germany, the award winners are therefore required to adhere to the “Rules of Good Scientific Practice” that apply at the respective research location and to the relevant applicable laws. For further details, please refer to the “ Information booklet: Information and Recommendations for Award Winners”.