Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Researchers From Developing Countries, Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung)


June 01, 2015



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In providing Georg Forster Research Fellowships (HERMES) for postdoctoral researchers, the Alexander  von  Humboldt  Foundation  enables  highly-qualified  scientists  and  scholars  from abroad  who  are  just  embarking  on  their  academic  careers  and  who  completed  their doctorates less than four years ago1 to spend extended periods of research (6-24 months) in Germany.

The research fellowship programme is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung  –  BMZ)  and  co-financed  by  the European  Union  (EU)  in  the  7th   Framework Programme.2 The programme is scheduled to run from 01/07/2013 to 30/06/2018. Applications can be submitted no earlier than 01.07.2013 until mid-2015 (exact date TBD).

Scientists and scholars from all disciplines from developing countries, emerging economies and transition states (excluding People’s Republic of China and India; c.f.  detailed list of countries) may apply. The research outline must deal with issues of major relevance to the future development of the candidate’s country or region of origin.

The research outline is carried out in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their host in Germany and prepare their research outline independently. Details of the research outline including information on the intended duration of the fellowship must be agreed with the intended host before applying. Short-term visits for study and training purposes or for attending conferences are not eligible for sponsorship.

Candidates are selected solely on the basis of the evaluation of their academic qualifications. There are no quotas for individual disciplines or countries. A candidate’s academic eligibility is assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

-     academic record and academic performance to date (mobility, determination, breadth of research activities, academic productivity)

-     quality of key publications specified in the application (originality, degree of innovation,

applicant’s contribution in cases of multiple authorship)

-     originality and innovation potential of the suggested research outline (significance for the advancement of the discipline, convincing choice of academic methods, prospects for

academic development of the applicant, clear focus and feasibility of realization within

the requested funding period and at the chosen host institution)

-     the  applicant’s  future  potential  (academic  potential,  further  academic  development,

career prospects).


We offer you

  • a monthly fellowship of 2,650 EUR for postdoctoral researchers (doctorate completed within the last four years) or 3,150 EUR for experienced researchers (doctorate completed within the last 12 years),
  • a flexible starting date and - for experienced researchers - the option of splitting the fellowship up into a maximum of three stays,
  • individual mentoring during the sponsorship period,
  • intensive German language course for fellows and their marital partners prior to the fellowship,
  • additional financial support for accompanying family members, for example, or for items like travel expenses or pension plans and
  • comprehensive alumni sponsorship once the research stay has come to an end, such as a Return Fellowship or further stays in Germany.

Applications can be submitted at any time from 01/07/2013 to mid-2015 using the following address:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Selection Department

Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn, Germany

If this is not possible, they may be forwarded to the Humboldt Foundation via the branch offices of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or the missions of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad.

Apply now: Simply download and complete the form and return it by post.

Application requirements

  1. Doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent), completed less than four years prior to the date of application. Candidates who have nearly completed their doctoral degrees are eligible to apply provided that they submit the manuscript of their dissertation or publications containing the results of their dissertation, however, at the earliest, 6 months prior to the completion of their dissertation.
  2. Academic publications reviewed according to international standards and printed in journals and/or by publishing houses.
  3. Choice of a research outline of major relevance to the future development of the candidate’s country or region of origin
  1. Confirmation that research facilities are available and mentoring agreement and a detailed expert’s statement including a statement on ethical issues concerning the planned research stay by an academic host at a research institution in Germany.
  2. Expert reviews from the doctoral supervisor and two other academics qualified to give well-founded comments on the applicant’s qualification, preferably including reviewers not working at the applicant’s own institute.
  1. Necessary language  skills:  humanities  or  social  sciences  and  medicine:  good knowledge of German if it is necessary to carry out the research successfully; otherwise a good knowledge of English; natural sciences and engineering: good knowledge of German or English.
  2. Citizenship as  well  as  principal  place  of  residence  and  work  in  a  developing country, emerging economy or transition state (excluding People’s Republic of China and India, c.f. detailed list of countries).

Potential applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

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