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New Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Winners Honoured

Six international research talents have received this year’s Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards. Valued at up to €1.65 million each, the awards were conferred in November by Germany’s Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape, in Berlin.

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Winners in Berlin: Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek, Milica Gašić, Kenji Fukushima, the Foundation’s president Hans-Christian Pape (top row, fltr), Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu, Fritz Renner, Hitoshi Omori (front row, fltr). Not in photo: Paola Pinilla
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Winners in Berlin: Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek, Milica Gašić, Kenji Fukushima, the Foundation’s president Hans-Christian Pape (top row, fltr), Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu, Fritz Renner, Hitoshi Omori (front row, fltr). Not in photo: Paola Pinilla

The three female and three male researchers, all aged between 31 and 36, will now relocate to German universities from abroad. They will use their award money to build their own research groups in Berlin, Bochum, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Saarbrücken and Würzburg; they previously conducted research in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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With the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award young researchers receive risk capital during an early phase in their careers to conduct innovative projects and, in the process, are given the opportunity to work independently and bear responsibility. They spend a period of up to five years at German universities and research institutions, developing their own research groups at their host institutes. The award is one of Germany’s best-endowed research awards and is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

published in Humboldt Kosmos 109/2018

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