Sofja Kovalevskaja Award


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows junior researchers to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their own choice at a research institution of their own choice in Germany. The award is designed to enable them to embark on academic careers in Germany by establishing their own junior research groups at research institutions in Germany.


The programme is open to scientists and scholars from all countries and disciplines who completed their doctorates with distinction less than six years ago. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly welcomes applications from qualified, female junior researchers


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 host institution in Germany receives a flat-rate payment of 15% from the award funds (administrative flat-rate).


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

This deadline is not yet confirmed.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online directly to the Sofja Kovalevskaya Award program.

For More Information

For more information, contact Ailsa Fullwood at or see the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

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