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, 2015.
Other important details
- 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.
- The nominee's future perspectives must indicate that she/he will continue to be an active, academically influential researcher in the coming years.
- 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.
An independent Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will decide on the submitted nominations in November 2015. Full nominations should be submitted by 30 April 2015 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 2015 have no guarantee of being processed for the Selection Meeting in November 2015. 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
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.
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.
This programme is financed by the:
Who is entitled to nominate a candidate?
Are emeriti entitled to submit nominations?
Is it possible for two researchers to make a joint nomination?
Is there an age limit for nominees?
Can academics from any academic discipline be nominated for this research award?
Is an academic eligible to be nominated for a research award if he or she has already received an award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation?
Academics who have already received a (research) award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are not eligible for another nomination.
All Alexander von Humboldt Foundation alumni are eligible for alumni sponsorship measures.
May I nominate a candidate who has already stayed or is currently staying in Germany?
Can a German national be nominated?
Are roughly the same number of awards granted to men and women? Is priority given to either a male or female nominee if both candidates are considered to be equally qualified and suitable?
In which form should I submit the nomination documents?
Where should I send my nomination?
Can nominations be submitted by email?
Will you confirm receipt of my nomination?
Who should provide references for my nomination and how many references are required?
Please note: the nominator's laudation does not count as an expert review!
Should expert references be sent directly to the Humboldt Foundation or enclosed with the nomination?
Can I submit more than three expert reviews?
What happens if reviews are submitted before the Humboldt Foundation receives the nomination?
Is there a required format for the list of publications?
- Please name three to five key publications from the nominee’s complete works and state why each of these key publications is of particular significance (e.g. scientific breakthrough of fundamental importance).
- Please provide a complete, chronologically ordered list of the nominee's academic publications over the last ten years (stating all the authors, title, publisher/journal, edition, first and last page number), including any relevant published conference presentations and patents. At the beginning of this list please create an electronic link to the nominee's complete publication list.
Which and how many publications should be submitted?
What will happen to the nomination documents, e.g. the expert references, after the selection procedure has been completed? Will they be destroyed or archived, and will they be treated confidentially?
Is there a deadline for submitting nominations?
When does the Selection Committee meet?
Will you sponsor participation in German language courses?
What is the sum of the award?
Who will review my nomination?
Who will decide on my nomination?
Who is on the Selection Committee?
Please refer to the following link for a list of Selection Committee members for the conferral of Anneliese Maier research awards::
Will the nominee be notified about his or her nomination?
How high is the success rate?
What are the most important selection criteria?
Will the nominee be notified of the outcome of the selection procedure?
Can I re-nominate a researcher whose nomination was not successful?
Will my documents be returned to me at the end of the selection process?
Accepting the award / Purpose, use and provision of award funds
When at the latest should the research cooperation begin?
Can award funds be carried over into the following budget year?
How precise does the information on the "Fund Request" form have to be?
By when does the entire award amount have to be spent?
Who manages the award amount?
Can parts of the award amount also be paid directly to an institution not entrusted with managing the award amount?
Can the award amount be used to cover the award winner’s relocation costs?
Award amount / Human and material resources
Can I use parts of the award amount for a teaching buyout in order to conduct a research stay in Germany?
How much of the award amount may be used to cover the cost of living in Germany?
Examples for clarification:
An award winner who receives an ongoing income of 3,000 EUR per month for the duration of a research stay in Germany in connection with the research award is entitled to withdraw up to 7,000 EUR per month from the award amount.
An award winner who receives an ongoing income of 7,000 EUR per month for the duration of a research stay in Germany in connection with the research award is entitled to withdraw up to 5,000 EUR per month from the award amount.