Philipp Franz von Siebold Award

For whom
japanese researchers
From where
For what
€50,000 award money (research stay of up to 12 months in Germany possible)
Zebrastreifen mit Menschenmengen, Symbolbild Philipp-Franz-von-Siebold-Preis

Research award for renowned Japanese researchers

Natural scientist Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796–1866) is considered the founder of international Japanology. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has been presenting the Philipp Franz von Siebold Award since 1979. Sponsored by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, this research award recognises renowned Japanese researchers in all disciplines.

For details please see the programme information for the Philipp Franz von Siebold Award.

The sponsorship

The award amount is €50,000. 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 award enables a stay of between six months and a full year, which can be split into multiple stays.

We strive to offer our guest researchers individualised support and funding. Amongst the benefits available to award winners are invitations to numerous events or the opportunity to attend language courses. Our alumni sponsorship measures flexibly support every Humboldtian’s individual journey through life, in both their careers and their future collaborations.

Who may submit a nomination?

Eligible to submit nominations for the Philipp Franz von Siebold Award are the following groups of people:

  • Presidents of all universities and national research organisations (kenkyu kaihatsu houjin) in Japan;
  • Siebold award winners
  • Directors of the Goethe-Instituts in Japan
  • Directors of the German Institute for Japanese Studies
  • The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kobe/Osaka
  • The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tokyo

Alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation may suggest suitable candidates for the award to the executive committee of a Japanese university or the management of a research organisation. The nomination documents must be submitted directly to the responsible regional office of the German Academic Exchange Service in Tokyo.

DAAD Tokyo Office
Akasaka 7-5-56
Tokyo 107-0052
Tel.: (03 ) 3582 -5962 Fax.: (+49 (0)228) 3582-5554
E-mail: daad-tokyo[at]

For more information please see the corresponding DAAD website.

Who may be nominated?

Eligible for an award are researchers who have made outstanding contributions to a better mutual understanding of culture and society in Germany and Japan. The nominee’s academic achievements must moreover be internationally recognised and demonstrated through corresponding successful research. The nominee should be no older than 50 years and additionally meet the following criteria:

  • The nominee must have lived and worked in Japan for at least five years at the time of nomination.
  • The nominee must not previously have received an award for her/his academic achievements from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • The nominee should not recently have received awards or fellowships in Germany for her/his academic achievements.
  • The nominee must not have held or accepted permanent employment in Germany at the time of selection.
  • The nominee should have a working knowledge of German.

Self-nominations are not possible, nor may you nominate close relatives or your marital/registered partner. We particularly encourage the nomination of qualified female researchers.

The selection procedure

An independent Selection Committee chooses an award winner once a year. This Committee is comprised of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, three presidents of Japanese universities (or individuals of comparable status), a Siebold award winner, three further alumni of the Humboldt Foundation and the management of the DAAD regional office in Tokyo, among others. The Committee’s decision is based on the assessment of the candidates’ academic qualifications and their contributions to mutual understanding between the two cultures and societies.


Nominees must always abide by the rules of good scientific practice (PDF) and the principles of scientific ethics.

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