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New scouts selected: Henriette Herz Scouting Programme to feature two programme lines in future

In the second round of the Henriette Herz Scouting Programme, a further 23 scouts, including 10 female researchers, were chosen to recruit talented individuals for the Humboldt Network. A total of 99 applications from 47 institutions were submitted. The selections made during this round included two scouts each from Universität Hamburg, LMU Munich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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The researchers selected in this round once again represent a wide spectrum of career stages. In order to continue promoting this diversity in the future, the Humboldt Foundation has established two separate programme lines for the programme with immediate effect. Now, in addition to experienced researchers, the programme also expressly targets young researchers in an early phase in their career. Individuals who are selected to be a scout have the opportunity to recruit on an autonomous basis up to three young, talented international researchers for their own work groups and for the Humboldt Network.

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“As a scout, the Humboldt Foundation has given me the responsibility for deciding who will be sponsored. This shift in responsibility for the selection of individuals to be sponsored is really exciting. I’m sure this approach will prove to be efficient and fruitful”, said Professor Ana J. Garcia-Sáez, who leads a work group that is studying programmed cell death at the CECAD Cluster of Excellence at the University of Cologne.

“My team is very multidisciplinary. I work with physicists, biologists, chemists, biochemists. The Henriette Herz Scouting Programme gives me the opportunity to choose individuals with interesting profiles or careers. This way, I have the flexibility to deviate from the standard applicant”, explained the 44-year-old, who was accepted as a scout last year in the first selection round and is now recruiting outstanding international postdocs for her team at CECAD.

In order to be able to recruit scouts like Ana J. Garcia-Sáez on a targeted basis in future, the Humboldt Foundation has divided the Henriette Herz Scouting Programme into two lines: Up-and-coming researchers in an early phase of their career and who have only just become a (junior) professor or group leader can now apply to the line specifically created for this group and established, experienced researchers are invited to apply to the line set up especially for them. Applications for the Henriette Herz Scouting Programme may be submitted at at any time.

(Press release 9/2021)

updated on 7 July 2021


Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains an interdisciplinary network of well over 30,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries around the world – including 61 Nobel Prize winners.

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