Submit an application if you are a researcher from a developing country with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (6−24 months) you have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host you have selected yourself at a research institution in Germany. The research fellowship programme is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung – BMZ) and co-financed by the European Union (EU) in the 7th Framework Programme.
Applications can be submitted from 01.07.2013 until mid-2015 (exact date TBD).
Scientists and scholars from all disciplines from developing countries, emerging economies and transition states (excluding People's Republic of China and India; c.f. detailed list of countries) may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. The research proposal must address issues of significant relevance to the future development of your country of origin and, in this context, promise to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and methods to developing and threshold countries.
The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 80 Georg Forster Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed.
To apply, please only use the application documents which can be downloaded here.
For the time being, researchers from Brazil can only apply for a Capes-Humboldt Research Fellowship. For the duration of the joint Capes-Humboldt Programme it is not possible to apply for a Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES).
Other important details
- Complete application documents (DOC/PDF/RTF)
- Programme Information (PDF)
- Humboldt Kosmos 90/2007: From Knowledge to Development – 10 years of the Georg Forster Programme for researchers from developing countries (PDF)