Georg Forster Research Awards for Developing Countries in Germany, 2015

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Applications are invited for up to five Georg Forster Research Awards available for the citizens of a developing or transition country (excluding People’s Republic of China and India). The applicants must have had their main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years at the time of their nomination. Women researchers are encouraged to apply. The project duration of about six to twelve months may be divided into segments. The award amount totals EUR 60,000. The application deadline is 15 January, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Awards are provided to scientists for conducting self-chosen research projects in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague.
Course Level: Awards are available for undertaking a research project in Germany.
Scholarship Provider: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Eligibility:
-The nominee must be recognised internationally as an outstandingly qualified academic (e.g. awards, positive responses to publications, etc.).
-The nominee’s future perspectives must indicate that she/he will continue to be an active, academically influential researcher in the coming years with relevance to the development of the nominee’s own county.
-The nominee must be exceptionally qualified to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.
-The nominee must be a national of a developing or transition country (excluding People’s Republic of China and India). At the time of nomination, he or she must have had his or her main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years;
-The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Citizens of a developing or transition country (excluding People’s Republic of China and India): Afghanistan, Ecuador, Macedonia, Samoa Albania, Egypt, Madagascar, Sao Tomé, Príncipe Algeria, El Salvador, Malawi, Senegal, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Malaysia, Serbia, Antigua and Barbuda, Eritrea, Maldives, Seychelles, Argentina, Ethiopia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Armenia, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Azerbaijan, Fiji, Mauritania, Somalia, Mauritius, South Africa, Mexico, South Sudan, Bangladesh, Gabon, Micronesia, Fed. States, Sri Lanka, Belarus, Gambia, Moldova, Rep. St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize, Georgia, Montenegro, St. Lucia, Benin, Ghana, Morocco, St. Vincent, Bhutan, Grenada Mongolia, the Grenadines, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mozambique, Sudan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea, Myanmar, Suriname, Botswana, Guinea-Bissau, Swaziland, Brazil, Guyana, Syria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Namibia, Tajikistan, Haiti, Nauru, Tanzania, Honduras, Nepal, Thailand, Nicaragua, Timor-Leste Cambodia, Indonesia, Niger, Togo, Cameroon, Iran, Nigeria, Tonga, Cape Verde, Iraq Niue Tunisia, Central African Republic, Turkey, Chad, Jamaica, Turkmenistan, Chile, Jordan, Tuvalu, Colombia, Pakistan, Comoros, Kazakhstan, Palestinian territories, Congo, Dem. Rep. of Kenya, Palau, Uganda, Congo, Rep. of the Kiribati, Panama, Ukraine, Cook Islands, Korea, Dem. PR of Papua New Guinea, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Kosovo, Paraguay, Uzbekistan, Cote d’Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Cuba, Philippines, Vanuatu, Laos, Venezuela, Lesotho, Rwanda, Vietnam, Dominica, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Liberia, Djibouti, Libya, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe can apply for this Georg Forster Research Award.

Scholarship Description: The Georg Forster Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics of all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.

Number of award(s): The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is granting up to four Georg Forster Research Awards.

Duration of award(s): The project duration of about six to twelve months may be divided into segments.

What does it cover? The award amount totals EUR 60,000. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law. In addition, further expenditures (such as travel or language courses) are covered in the context of the invitation to stay in Germany for research purposes. To support the collaboration, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation may grant additional funding of up to EUR 25,000, particularly for participating in scientific conferences, additional material resources, e.g., specialist literature and scientific equipment for the nominee’s own institute, as well as for involving junior researchers.

Selection Criteria: The Selection Committee makes its decision solely on the basis of the nominees’ academic qualifications and the relevance of their research to the development of their own countries.

Notification: The selection meeting will be held in the summer. Nominees will be notified about the Selection Committee’s decision immediately after the meeting.

How to Apply: Applicants should apply by post. To make a nomination, please use only the current nomination documents, which can be downloaded from the Humboldt Foundation’s website.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 January, 2015.

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