Sofja Kovalevskaja Award for International Researchers in Germany, 2018-19

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award in Germany, and applications are submitted till 31 July 2018. Federal Ministry of Education and Research is awarding Sofja Kovalevskaja Award for Scientists and scholars from all countries and disciplines who completed their doctorates with distinction less than six years ago. The Foundation particularly welcomes applications from qualified, female junior researchers. This international award is granted to young exceptionally promising researchers from abroad to enable them to embark on academic careers in Germany by establishing their own junior research groups at research institutions in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation plans to grant up to eight Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards. The award is valued at up to 1.65 million EUR. Full details: 

School(Institutions/ Country):  | Germany

Level: Awards are available for undertaking research project at a research institution of applicant’s own choice in Germany.

Field(s): Awards are available to carry out approved research project of his or her own choice in Germany.

Deadline: 31 July 2018.

Funded By:  Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Alexander von Humboldt Foundations Sofja Kovalevskaja Award is targeted for scientists and scholars from all countries.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

 Award No:  The Humboldt Foundation plans to grant up to si Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards.

 Scholarship Tenure :  The Alexander von Humboldt Foundations Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows you to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany.

‣ Scholarship covers:  As soon as the award has been conferred, the award winner is entitled to the award funds of up to 1.65 million EUR. The award funds are placed at the award winner’s disposal for a period of five years to carry out the approved research project of his or her own choice in Germany. The award winners and their host institutions agree jointly on the commencement of the planned research work in Germany in the course of 2017.


‣  The Alexander von Humboldt Foundations Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows you to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany. Scientists and scholars from all disciplines may apply directly to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


‣  Doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent), completed with distinction less than six years prior to the application submission deadline.

‣  Career level: the award would enable the successful applicant to take on a leadership position (e.g. head of a junior research group) in Germany for the first time. Moreover, the applicant must not have held or accepted an offer of permanent employment in Germany. The relevant date is the date of the selection.

‣  Cutting-edge academic achievements documented by a comprehensive list of independent academic publications reviewed according to international standards and printed in journals and / or by publishing houses.

‣  Support of the German host institution, evidenced by a detailed expert’s report from the academic host as well as the host’s agreement and the confirmation from the administration at the host institution.

‣  Three supporting expert reviews from academics (at the applicant’s own institute or other institutes, where possible including some outside the applicant’s country of origin).

‣  Language skills: scholars in the humanities or social sciences and physicians must have a good knowledge of German if it is necessary to carry out the project successfully; otherwise a good knowledge of English; scientists and engineers must have a good knowledge of German or English.

‣  No previous Sofja Kovalevskaja Award. Potential applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of the application submission deadline are not eligible to apply. Potential applicants of German nationality are eligible to apply provided that their habitual place of work and residence has been located abroad on the assumption of permanence for at least five years. Potential applicants who have completed their school education and one university degree or one university degree and their doctorate in Germany are subject to the regulations governing German citizens

Selection Criteria for Alexander von Humboldt Foundations Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 

The most important assessment criteria are:

  • academic publications in internationally reviewed journals and / or publishing houses
  • statements on the candidate’s academic profile and potential in the form of expert reviews, requested by the candidate, from different institutions and, where possible, from different countries
  • the academic quality and feasibility of the research project proposed by the candidate


‣ The Selection Committee which makes the final decision on Sofja Kovalevskaja award winners is scheduled to meet at the end of March. 

‣ You will be informed about the outcome of the meeting immediately afterwards. Candidates may apply informally by email to be informed about the factors which led to a rejection, should their applications have been turned down by the selection committee. In this case, applicants and their hosts will receive notification on this issue in addition to the selection decision approx. 

‣ four to six weeks after the selection committee meeting.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Online application

‣ Scholarship Application Due Date : 31 July 2018 .

Further information

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

 It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about Alexander von Humboldt Foundations Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 


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