It is not possible to submit nominations for this programme in 2016. The next nomination round will take place in 2017 (nomination deadline: 30 April 2017). The revised nomination documents will be available here in autumn 2016.
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.
Nominations may be submitted by established academics in Germany. Direct applications are not accepted.
Other important details
Who is entitled to nominate a candidate?
An established academic who is employed by a university or other research institution in Germany must take the initiative to nominate a candidate for the Anneliese Maier Research Award. Self-nomination is not possible.
Are emeriti entitled to submit nominations?
There are no formal reasons prohibiting nominations by emeriti. Due to the medium- and long-term expectations for the internationalisation of the discipline associated with the award it is however necessary to identify commensurately medium- and long-term cooperation prospects, e.g. in the form of additional supporting cooperation partners in Germany.
Is it possible for two researchers to make a joint nomination?
Nominations should be made by a single individual. In exceptional cases, a main nominator may compose a joint laudation together with a co-nominator, or the co-nominator may submit a supporting letter with the main nominator’s laudation. Further cooperation partners can be named in the "Expectations associated with the award" section.
Is there an age limit for nominees?
No. It should however be considered that the award is specifically intended to support cooperations with medium- and long-term prospects.
Can academics from any academic discipline be nominated for this research award?
No. The research award is designed only for researchers in all fields of the humanities, social science, cultural science, law and economics. Within these fields there are no quotas for specific subjects.
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) fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are eligible for nomination. A nomination, typically, is possible three years after completion of initial sponsorship (if applicable, including extension) in a fellowship programme at the earliest.
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?
At the time of nomination, the nominated candidate must have been predominantly living and working abroad for at least five years. Previous and short-term stays in Germany (such as visiting professorship) do not usually exclude a candidate from nomination. Moreover, the nominees must not have held or accepted an offer of permanent employment in Germany prior to the selection date. In cases of doubt, please contact us at info(at)avh.de so we can advise you.
Can a German national be nominated?
You may nominate academics with German citizenship if they have been working abroad in an academic position for at least five years. Please send us a CV and a list of publications before you nominate the candidate so we can advise you (info(at)avh.de).
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?
Academic excellence and the sustainability of the contribution to the further internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany are the sole criteria for selection. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation does, however, explicitly welcome the nomination of qualified female academics.
In which form should I submit the nomination documents?
Please do not use any folders, sheet protectors or staples and do not bind your documents, but rather submit them as loose sheets.
Where should I send my nomination?
Please send your nomination directly to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Selection Department, Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn, Germany.
Can nominations be submitted by email?
No. Please send your nomination by regular mail.
Will you confirm receipt of my nomination?
Yes, by email. We will also notify you if any important documents or information are missing from your nomination.
Who should provide references for my nomination and how many references are required?
Expert reviews should address the nominee's academic accomplishments to date, his or her development as a researcher and academic potential. Therefore it is important that reviewers are well acquainted with the nominee's academic development to date. A total of three reviews should be submitted, one by an academic working in Germany, and two by academics working abroad. Further details on how to reasonably choose reviewers can be found in our Guidelines for completing the nomination
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?
Reviewers should send their expert reviews directly to the Selection Department at the Humboldt Foundation. Please send your statement either by regular mail to the following (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Auswahlabteilung, Jean-Paul-Straße 12, D- 53173 Bonn, Germany) or attach it to your email (scan of original statement including letterhead and signature) addressed to: info(at)avh.de. Please ask your reviewers to use the form for expert reviewers
. References should be no older than 24 months at the time of application.
Can I submit more than three expert reviews?
What happens if reviews are submitted before the Humboldt Foundation receives the nomination?
Reviews that cannot be immediately matched to an application will be kept on file until the imminent nomination deadline.
Is there a required format for the list of publications?
Yes. You must provide two publication lists. We need a) a list of key publications and b) a complete publication list
over the last ten years.
- 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?
The documents will be archived for a period of seven years and then destroyed. All documents are, of course, treated with utmost confidentiality. It is a matter of course that peer reviewers and committee members are also obliged to observe strict confidentiality.
Is there a deadline for submitting nominations?
Yes. The nomination deadline expires on April 30 each year.
When does the Selection Committee meet?
An independent Selection Committee composed of academics makes the final decision on the nominations received once a year in November.
Will you sponsor participation in German language courses?
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation strongly encourages its award winners and their partners to learn German during their research stay so that they can participate in social and cultural life in Germany beyond their research work. Upon request, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation can pay the cost of a German language course.
What is the sum of the award?
The award amount is generally €250,000.
Who will review my nomination?
Your nomination will be reviewed by independent peer reviewers who are appointed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for this purpose.
Who will decide on my nomination?
The final decision on all nominations is made by the Selection Committee that is appointed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for this purpose.
Who is on the Selection Committee?
The Selection Committee consists of academics of different disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences as well as a smaller number of members who are not subject specialists (such as members of the funding organisations). They decide on all applications. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has no vote on the Selection Committee. All nominations compete for selection; there are no quotas for any specific countries or disciplines. The committee’s decision is based solely on the academic qualifications of the researchers nominated and the proposed research collaboration.
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?
No. During the nomination process, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will only be in contact with the nominator, and only the nominator will be notified of the result of the Selection Committee meeting. Only if the nominee is selected, will he or she receive the conferral documents approximately some weeks after the selection meeting.
How high is the success rate?
The Humboldt Foundation currently grants up to eight Anneliese Maier Research Awards annually. The chances of succeeding of course always depend on the number of nominations we receive. In the first three years, we received on average 70 nominations per year.
What are the most important selection criteria?
The main selection criteria are the individual nominee's academic eligibility, which must hold promise of top academic performance in future, as well as his or her international reputation and overall personality. Furthermore, the research cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany from which a sustainable contribution towards the further internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany is expected is an important selection criterion.
Will the nominee be notified of the outcome of the selection procedure?
The nominee will not be informed of a rejection. Communication during the selection process takes place between the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the nominator in Germany only. In case an award is conferred, the winner will receive the award documents approximately four weeks after the selection meeting.
Can I re-nominate a researcher whose nomination was not successful?
Yes, if the nominee has shown significant academic development since the rejection of the first nomination.
Will my documents be returned to me at the end of the selection process?
No. Some of the documents will be archived, the rest will be destroyed. Therefore please submit copies only, no originals.
Accepting the award / Purpose, use and provision of award funds
When at the latest should the research cooperation begin?
The intended research cooperation should begin as soon as possible, and no later than six months after the award is granted (see date of the award letter).
Can award funds be carried over into the following budget year?
Yes, within the funding period of five years.
How precise does the information on the "Fund Request" form have to be?
As precise as possible, to simplify budgeting for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
By when does the entire award amount have to be spent?
By the end of the funding period. Remaining funds must be returned to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The funding period cannot be extended.
Who manages the award amount?
The award amount is managed in trust by the home institute where the award winner carries out his/her research, or by an institution entrusted with managing the funds.
Can parts of the award amount also be paid directly to an institution not entrusted with managing the award amount?
Yes. At the request of the award winner, parts of the award amount can also be paid directly to the cooperating institute based on a corresponding agreement between the institution managing the award amount and the cooperating university/research institute. The sum in question must be documented in the annual interim report and the final report on the use of funds submitted by the institution managing the award funds.
Can the award amount be used to cover the award winner’s relocation costs?
Yes. On application to the institution managing the award amount, the administrative flat-rate can be used to cover relocation costs; locally applicable regulations regarding the reimbursement of relocation costs must be observed.
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?
Yes. The sum that may be taken from the award amount to cover the award winner's cost of living during the research stay in Germany (up to 20% of the award amount; up to €10,000 per month) can be used for this purpose. Furthermore, the administrative flat-rate can be used for this purpose; this requires the consent of the institution managing the award funds.
How much of the award amount may be used to cover the cost of living in Germany?
Up to 20% of the award amount (up to €50,000 in total, of which up to €10,000 per month) can be used to cover the award winner's cost of living during a research stay in Germany (see Regulations on the Use of Funds
). If the award winner has regular income (e.g. as a chair holder), this income will be offset against the aforementioned sum up to the amount of €5,000.
Examples for clarification:
An award winner who receives an ongoing income of €3,000 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 per month from the award amount.
An award winner who receives an ongoing income of €7,000 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 per month from the award amount.
What guidelines apply to awarding fellowships to PhD students compared to postdocs?
The award winner can make funds available to his/her home institute or the institution entrusted with managing the award funds with which to award fellowships, in particular for junior researchers from Germany. In other countries, the value of these fellowship grants should be based on the usual fellowship grants for that location; in Germany it should be based on the fellowship amounts for fellows of the German Academic Exchange Service
or the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Is the award amount subject to taxation?
Award winners are personally responsible for all matters relating to their taxation. As it constitutes a research grant, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation expects the award to be tax-free in Germany. Regarding the share of the award amount used to cover living costs we recommend that award winners check their personal liability for taxation, taking any applicable double tax agreements into account. The laws in the award winner’s (previous) country of origin or residence may contain specific regulations on taxes on awards. If in doubt, we recommend consulting a tax accountant in your country of origin.