8 November 2017, No. 31/2017

Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards to be presented in Berlin on 15 November

Six international researchers to receive awards valued at up to €1.65 million each. The young researchers will conduct research in Garching, Göttingen, Leipzig, Munich and Tübingen in the coming years.

This year, a total of six young international researchers from abroad will receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, each of which comes with up to €1.65 million in funding. Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, will present the awards at a special ceremony being held in Berlin at 7 pm on 15 November.

With this award money, the six researchers (two women and four men) can conduct research free from administrative constraints at a German university or research institute of their choice for a period of up to five years and develop their own research group for this at their host institute. The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award is one of Germany’s best-endowed research awards. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With this award, the young researchers receive risk capital during an extremely early phase in their careers to conduct innovative projects and, in the process, are given the opportunity to work independently and bear responsibility.

Notice to the press:
During the day of 15 November a working meeting will be held which will also be attended by this year’s award winners and their hosts. Specialist topics will be discussed and experience shared with regard to Germany as a location for research work. Journalists are welcome to attend. We will be happy to arrange interviews.

Time and date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Venue: Arcotel John F Berlin (Werderscher Markt 11, 10117 Berlin)

Award ceremony:
Time and date:
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7 pm
Venue: Atrium, Deutsche Bank (Charlottenstraße 37-38, 10117 Berlin)

It will be possible to conduct interviews and to film, photograph and make audio recordings at both events. Please register by 12 noon, Monday, 13 November 2017 via e-mail addressed to presse@avh.de

Contact on location: Nina Hafeneger and Lena Schnabel, Tel. 0160-97287564

The recently selected award winners, their research topics and fields of research, their respective home country, last country of residence and host institute are:

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Prize winners.


Nina Hafeneger
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