Georg Forster Research Fellowship and Georg Forster Research Award
Scientists and scholars from the following countries may apply:*
Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Argentina Armenia Azerbaijan
Bolivia Bosnia-Herzegovina Botswana
(Brazil)** Burkina Faso Burundi
Central African Republic Chad
Congo, Dem. Rep. of
Cook Islands, Dem. Rep. of Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire Cuba
Dominica Dominican Republic Djibouti
El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Gabon Gambia Georgia Ghana Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana
Korea Dem. PR of Kosovo Kyrgyzstan
Laos Lesotho Lebanon Liberia Libya
Marshall Islands Mauritania
Micronesia, Fed. States Moldova, Rep. Mongolia
Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar
Palestinian territories (Panama)*
Papua New Guinea Paraguay
Sao Tomé and Príncipe Senegal
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sudan
Tajikistan Tansania Thailand Timor-Leste Togo
Tonga Tokelau Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu
Uganda Ukraine Uzbekistan
Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam
Wallis and Futuna Yemen
* The list of developing countries is based on the information of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD. The PR of China and India have been excluded from this list. As Panama exceeded the high income country threshold and will most likely graduate from the OECD list of ODA recipients for 2021-2023 reporting, applications from Panama can only be accepted until March 1st, 2020.
Please send us your application,
- if you are a researcher with above average qualifications in a developing or transition country (see list of countries),
- if you intend to carry out long-term research of your own choice (6 to 24 months) at a research institution in Germany together with an academic host you have chosen yourself,
- if your research outline includes aspects that are important for the continued development of your country or region of origin and
- if you want to contribute to the exchange of knowledge and methods between Germany and your country of origin.
We offer you
- a monthly fellowship of €2,650 for postdoctoral researchers (doctorate completed within the last four years) or €3,150 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 and items like travel expenses and
- comprehensive alumni sponsorship once the research stay has come to an end, such as a Return Fellowship or further stays in Germany.
In recent years, approximately 20% to 25% of applications were successful (see also positive selection decisions within the past 12 months).
Yes In addition, the Humboldt Foundation grants Georg Forster Research Awards every year to leading researchers from developing countries.