Researchers selected from abroad set to receive Germany’s most valuable international research award in 2018
A legal scholar, a quantum optician, a virologist, a computer scientist and a cell biologist have been selected to receive Germany’s most valuable international research award. The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship comes with up to €5 million in funding and is granted to eminent researchers of all disciplines who have been working abroad up to now. They are expected to conduct cutting-edge research at German universities on a long-term basis. The newly-selected award winners currently work in Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and France. The award amount is earmarked for the first five years of their research in Germany. The Humboldt Professorship is granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The new award winners were chosen from a pool of 15 nominated researchers from Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, Israel, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States. They will now embark on appointment negotiations with the German universities that nominated them. If the researchers accept the Humboldt Professorship, the award will be conferred in May 2018.
The Humboldt Professorship enables German universities to offer top international researchers competitive general conditions for research and to sharpen their own international profiles in the global research market at the same time. The award is granted on the precondition that the new Humboldt Professors are given long-term prospects for their research in Germany. To date, a total of 59 researchers, including ten women, have been appointed to a Humboldt Professorship, facilitating the move to Germany.