The nominee must be recognised internationally as an outstanding researcher in his/her field (e.g. awards, positive responses to publications, etc.);
Expectation that the nominee will continue to produce cutting-edge achievements which will have a seminal influence on the discipline;
Doctorate completed less than 18 years ago;
Detailed expert opinion by an academic working at a research institution in Germany who would like to invite the nominee to spend time researching in Germany;
Two expert reviews by important international and one from German collaborative partners and/or academics.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants about 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards annually, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, to internationally renowned academics from abroad in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research to date and their exceptional promise for the future. Application deadline is until December 31, 2016. The award amount totals 45,000 EUR. 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. For more details please refer to General Regulations and Information for Award Winners.
Nominations may be submitted by regular mail at any time. An independent Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Selection Committee decides on the nominations submitted twice a year, in spring and in autumn. Reviewing a nomination takes approximately six months.
An established academic who is employed by a university or research institution in Germany must take the initiative to nominate a candidate for the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. Nominations may also be initiated by award winners of the Humboldt Foundation working abroad, provided that the nomination is made jointly with a colleague working in Germany. Close relatives (parents, brothers/sisters, children) and spouses/partners are not eligible for nomination. Self-nomination is not possible.
The nominee’s outstanding academic qualification must be internationally recognised and documented by corresponding successes in research, such as positively received academic publications or previous awards. The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award can only be granted once to any one academic. Researchers who have already received an award for their academic achievements from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are not eligible to be nominated.
Furthermore, the nominee should not have recently won any awards or fellowships in Germany for his or her academic achievements. At the time of nomination, the nominated candidate must have been predominantly living and working abroad for at least five years. Moreover, the nominee 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.
Nominating academics must guarantee that they can provide the necessary infrastructure for the award winner’s own research projects or lecture tours (e.g. access to libraries, materials, facilities). German hosts are also expected to be well prepared for the award winner’s research stay and to act as his or her personal mentor (e.g. finding accommodation).
An independent Selection Committee appointed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation meets twice a year, in spring and autumn, to decide on the nominations in the respective round. Reviewing an application takes approximately six months. Nominations may be submitted at any time to the following address: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Selection Department Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn, Germany To make a nomination, please use only the current nomination documents, which can be downloaded from the Humboldt Foundation’s website at http://www.humboldt-foundation.de Further information on the selection procedure can be found on the Humboldt Foundation’s website and in the "Guidelines for completing the nomination".
The research award recognises the entire academic record as well as the personality of outstanding academics. Therefore it is assumed that award winners have complied with the rules of good scientific practice and the relevant laws valid at the respective research location in their previous academic work and will comply with them during a possible research stay in Germany. For further details please refer to the General Regulations and Information for Research Award Winners.
- The nominee must be recognised internationally as an outstanding researcher in his/her field (e.g. awards, positive responses to publications, etc.).
- Expectation that the nominee will continue to produce cutting-edge achievementswhich will have a seminal influence on the discipline.
- Doctorate completed less than 18 years ago.
- Detailed expert opinion by an academic working at a research institution in Germany who would like to invite the nominee to spend time researching in Germany.
- Two expert reviews by important international and one from German collaborative partners and/or academics.
- The Humboldt Foundation assumes that candidates will abide by the Rules of Good Scientific Practice during the application and sponsorship periods.
Nominations may be sent via postal service to the following address at any time:
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Selection Department,
Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn, Germany
It is the nominators' responsibility to ensure that the nomination documents are complete. Submitting an incomplete nominination may result in longer processing times. The documents required in addition to the nomination documents, i.e. the confidential statements by the expert reviewers, may already be submitted to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly by the reviewers at the same time as the nomination. The nomininations will then be assessed by independent peer reviewers appointed by the Humboldt Foundation.
An independent Selection Committee consisting of approximately 22 academics from all disciplines decides on the submitted nominations. The competition between nominations is independent of discipline. There are no quotas for countries, research areas or the gender of the nominated individuals. The Committee makes its decision based exclusively on the nominated researchers' academic qualifications.
Selection criteria include:
- Previous outstanding academic achievements,
- Individual recognition as especially qualified experts in their field who have already shaped their discipline,
- A well-founded expectation of future outstanding achievements that will have an impact beyond the nominee's immediate research area.
The Selection Meetings take place twice a year – currently at the beginning of spring and in the early autumn of each year.
Nominees will be notified about the Selection Committee's decision immediately after the meeting.
In the event that a nomination is rejected, our colleagues in the Selection Department will provide information on the competitive situation and the selection criteria on request.
To make a nomination, please only use the nomination documents which can be downloaded here.
- Programme information (PDF)
- Nomination form (DOC)
- Research area index (PDF)
- Sample publication list (PDF)
- Complete nomination documents (PDF/DOC)
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