Georg Forster Research Award for Academics from Developing and Emerging Countries 2022

Nominations are open for the Georg Forster Research Award for Academics from Developing and Emerging Countries 2022.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presents up to six Georg Forster Research Awards each year to internationally outstanding researchers from developing and emerging countries in recognition of their academic record to date. The research award funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development was named for renowned German ethnologist Georg Forster (1754–1794).

The award is intended to support the long-term promotion of outstanding scientific multipliers in transition and developing countries whose research will contribute to improving living conditions in their countries of origin. Award winners are also invited to conduct a research project of their choice at a research institution in Germany in cooperation with specialist colleagues there.


The Georg Forster research award amount is €60,000


Eligible for nomination are researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or findings have had a lasting effect on their discipline beyond their immediate research area and who will continue to contribute to developing research-based approaches to the specific challenges of developing and emerging countries.

The individual nominated must additionally meet the following criteria:

  • The nominee’s academic achievements must be internationally recognized and proven by corresponding successes in research.
  • The nominee may not previously have received an award from the Humboldt Foundation for her/his academic work.
  • He/she must be a citizen of a developing or transition country (excluding PR China and India).
  • The nominee must have lived and worked in one of these countries for at least five years at the time of nomination.
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The main selection criteria for the Georg Forster Research Award include:

  • the nominee’s outstanding international reputation as a researcher
  • research findings with a demonstrable impact that extends beyond the immediate field of work
  • the significance of the awarding of a research prize in relation to the developmental relevance of the research
  • the nominee’s multiplier effect in research, teaching, and science management and in other development-related processes outside the research field

Nomination Process

To nominate for Georg Forster Research Award for Academics from Developing and Emerging Countries 2022, click here.

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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