Max Planck Research Award

Information for Nominators

Nominations have to be initiated in Germany and may be submitted by the following:

  • the Presidents/Vice Chancellors of any university
  • the heads of the following institutions / institutes:
    • the Academies of Science
    • the Fraunhofer Society
    • the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres
    • the Max Planck Society
    • the German Academy of Science and Engineering
    • the National Academy of Sciences / the German Academy of Science Leopoldina
    • the Leibniz Association
    • the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  • former winners of the following awards working in Germany:
    • the German Research Foundation's Leibniz Award (closely-related disciplines)
    • the Max Planck Research Award
    • the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Wolfgang Paul Award
    • the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
  • members of the German Research Foundation's Review Boards in closely-related disciplines
  • the scientific members of the selection committees of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Nominations should be submitted - where relevant - via the Presidents/Vice Chancellors of German Universities or German research organisations to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Joint nominations by universities and non-university research institutions are especially welcome. Direct applications by candidates themselves are not possible.

If the award is granted, the Humboldt Foundation assumes that it will provide additional impetus for the development of the particular field of research in Germany. Thus, the nominator should also clearly state his or her motivation for initiating the nomination. A detailed presentation of a joint project, on the other hand, is not required. The Max Planck Research Award is granted in recognition of the award winners' entire achievements to date. Apart from academic publications, the curriculum vitae (e.g. previous awards) and expert reviews, your statement on the scientific significance of the nominee's fundamental discoveries, new theories and insights as well as on the cutting-edge achievements to be expected in the future form the most important basis for the Selection Committee's assessment of the nomination.

Please observe the points listed in the Programme Information when preparing your confidential statement. You can rest assured that your statement will be treated confidentially by the Humboldt Foundation administration and the Selection Committee.

If you make a joint nomination together with other academics, you may either submit a joint statement or separate statements. Please sign your statement so that it is clear who has authored it.

Please bear in mind that the Humboldt Foundation's administration can only initiate the external peer review procedure once the complete nomination documents have been received. In order to process the nomination, the Humboldt Foundation requires further documents (e.g. information on the nominee's curriculum vitae, certain publications, expert reviews etc.) which you can find in the Programme Information. Please send the nomination directly to the:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Selection Department,
Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn, Germany

In your role as academic host integrating the guest academic in your working group, you undertake to observe both the principles of scientific ethics and the regulations to prevent the transfer of armaments-related technology as well as to pay heed to the danger of any other illegal or undesirable transfer of knowledge. Furthermore, the Rules of Good Scientific Practice must be observed.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Selection Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn, Germany

Fax: 0228-833 212

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