Scholarships & Fellowships
Humboldt Research Fellowships / Awards
Description: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research cooperation. It enables highly qualified scholars not resident in Germany to spend extended periods of research in Germany and promotes the ensuing academic contacts. The Humboldt Foundation promotes an active world-wide network of scholars. Individual sponsorship during periods spent in Germany and longstanding follow-up contacts have been hallmarks of the foundation's work since 1953.

Fellowships: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly qualified, early-stage researchers from abroad, who hold doctorates, to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany . Applications may be submitted for long-term research stays of at least 6 and at most 12 months; an extension of up to 24 months is possible. Researchers of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the AvH directly at any time. There are no quotas for individual countries and disciplines. Funding is not available for short-term study visits, participation in conferences, or training courses. Research fellowships are offered world-wide on a competitive basis. The most important criteria for selection are the applicant's (international) publications to date and the quality and feasibility of the research proposal. Applicants choose their own research projects and their own German hosts. Details of the research project and the time-schedule must be agreed upon with the prospective host in advance. Applications to continue a research stay which has already begun may be considered in exceptional cases. Doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent) and/or research work carried out over several years, convincingly documented by publications in (internationally) recognized academic journals; researchers, who have nearly completed their doctoral degree, may apply providing they submit the manuscript of their doctoral thesis or publications containing the results of their dissertation.

Age limit: 40. The completed application must be received by the Humboldt Foundation before the applicant's 40th birthday. In well-founded cases - and if the age limit has only just been exceeded - exceptions may be made due to e.g. parental leave.

Selection procedure :Applications may be submitted to the AvH at any time. Selection committee meetings take place three times a year, in March, July and November.

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Research Awards: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation provides the following Research Awards:

1) Humboldt Research Awards for internationally recognized scientists and scholars who are resident outside Germany

2) Helmholtz Humboldt Research Awards for internationally acknowledged scientists who are resident outside Germany

3) Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards for younger outstanding scientists and scholars from all countries and from all disciplines

4) Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards for younger outstanding scientists and scholars who are resident
outside Germany

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Contact: Address: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Jean-Paul-St. 12 D-53173 Bonn, Germany Tel.: (+49) 0228-833-0
Fax: (+49) 0228-833-199
Source :German Embassy, New Delhi