Newsletter 6/2010

New opportunities in the Georg Forster Programme

The Georg Forster Research Fellowship Programme has been opened up to additional emerging countries in Europe.


The programme allows highly-qualified scientists and scholars from emerging and developing countries to spend time researching in Germany and, in doing so, promotes development cooperation with the fellows’ own countries through the sharing of knowledge and methods.

Researchers from Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine are now eligible to apply to the programme which is open to 144 countries in all. The list of developing countries is based on data published by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. China and India have been removed from the list for the purpose of the Georg Forster Programme.

In the coming years, the number of research fellowships to be awarded annually is due to continue being increased. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and the research proposal’s relevance to development. Account is also taken of the frequently difficult conditions for conducting research in the respective countries.