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Anneliese Maier Research Award

Collaboration award to promote the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany

Nominations for the research award can be made for researchers from abroad from the fields of the humanities and social sciences whose scientific achievements have been internationally recognised in their research area and from whose research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany a sustainable contribution is expected towards the further internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany.

In addition to researchers who already number among the established leaders in their subject, the award is also aimed at researchers who are not yet so advanced in their scientific careers but who are already internationally established researchers from whom a sustainable shaping of the humanities and social sciences in Germany can be expected through the prospects of long-term collaboration. Particular importance is attached to the nomination of qualified female researchers.

Award winners are expected to spend a period of up to five years cooperating on a long-term research project with the nominator and / or specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

The Humboldt Foundation grants up to eight Anneliese Maier Research Awards annually. An award is valued at 250,000 EUR.

Nominations may be submitted by established academics in Germany. Direct applications are not accepted. The nomination deadline expires on April 30, 2014.

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  1. The nominees must be recognised as established leaders in their subject or as researchers who are not yet so advanced in their scientific careers but are already internationally established researchers from whom a sustainable shaping of the humanities and social sciences in Germany can be expected through the prospects of long-term collaboration.
  2. The nominee's future perspectives must indicate that she/he will continue to be an active, academically influential researcher in the coming years.
  3. 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.
  4. Two expert reviews by important international and one from German collaborative partners and/or academics.
  5. The Humboldt Foundation assumes that candidates will abide by the Rules of Good Scientific Practice during the application and sponsorship periods.
An independent Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will decide on the submitted nominations in November 2013. Full nominations should be submitted by 30 April 2014 at the latest to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

It is the nominator's responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents. Nominations not submitted as a single entity by 30 April 2014 have no guarantee of being processed for the Selection Meeting in November 2014. The documents required in addition to the nomination documents, i.e. the confidential statements by the expert reviewers, can be submitted to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly, at the same time as the nomination. Subsequently, independent peer reviewers assess the nominations.

An independent Selection Committee composed of academics makes the final decision on the nominations received. The competition between nominations is international and there are no quotas for countries or disciplines. The Selection Committee makes its decision solely on the basis of the nominees' academic qualifications.

Nominees will be notified about the Selection Committee's decision immediately after the meeting.

Nominations may be sent to the following address:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Selection Department,
Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn, Germany

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One of our hallmarks is the degree of support we try to provide for every single guest researcher. This is why we offer you extra benefits in addition to the award amount: from invitations to events to language courses.

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Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian: Even after your initial research stay has come to an end, we shall still maintain close contact with you. Our alumni sponsorship is flexible and designed to support every Humboldtian’s particular path in life and development as well as collaborations between individuals.

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This programme is financed by the: