Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Postdoc) by Humboldt Foundation, Germany

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Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Postdoc) by Humboldt Foundation, Germany

Designation/Position- Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Postdoc)

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany invites application for Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Postdoc) from eligible and interested candidates

About- The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation emphatically campaigns for equal opportunities for men and women in research. It aims to draw the best minds in academia to Germany for a research stay and thus to create a world-spanning network of excellent researchers. However, we have to face the fact that the percentage of women amongst both the applicants and those sponsored is much lower than that of their male colleagues, even though we do not apply quotas for specific countries or disciplines in our sponsorship programmes. The sole criteria are academic record and excellence. Furthermore, the more advanced the career stage, the greater the problem becomes – a phenomenon not singular to the Humboldt Foundation but found throughout the world. The consequence of this is a huge waste of qualifications, innovative potential, excellence, perspectives and experience. Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Postdoc)

Research/Job Area- Various research area

Location-  Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

Eligibility/Qualification– Candidate should have doctorate with distinction in the last six years, and have published work in prestigious international journals or publishing houses.

  1. Doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent), completed with distinction less than six years prior to the application submission deadline. Should it not be possible or customary to take a Ph.D. in your subject or country of origin, you may apply up to ten years after completing your Master’s or Diploma Degree provided that your publication record is commensurate with a Ph.D. and your current career stage.
  2. 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.
  3. Cutting-edge academic achievements documented particularly by a comprehensive list of independent academic publications reviewed according to international standards and printed in journals and/or by publishing houses.
  4. 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.
  5. Two 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).
  6. 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.
  7. No previous Sofja Kovalevskaja Award.
  8. Origin: Foreign academics staying in Germany are eligible to apply if they have lived outside Germany for a minimum of 12 months in total in the 18-month period prior to the application submission deadline. Educational residents are subject to the regulations governing Germans. German academics are eligible to apply if they have been working in an academic capacity abroad for a longer time. For more details please check with the FAQ.
  9. The Humboldt Foundation assumes that candidates will abide by the Rules of Good Scientific Practice and the legally-binding principles of scientific ethics during the application and sponsorship periods.

Job/Position Description-  Submit an application if you are a successful top-rank junior researcher from abroad.

The 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.

The Humboldt Foundation plans to grant up to six Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards annually. The award is valued at up to €1.65 million.

How to Apply-  Scientists and scholars from all disciplines may apply online until 31 July 2019 to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Applications may be submitted to the Humboldt Foundation online provided they have been duly completed and all of the following required documents have been uploaded:

  • Curriculum vitae (two pages max)
  • Research outline (25 pages max)
  • Financial plan
  • Information on the financial plan (one page max)
  • Complete list of publications
  • List of selected key publications
  • Key publications
  • Doctoral certificate
  • German language certificate, if applicable
  • Host’s statement and hosting agreement as well as confirmation of administration*
  • Two expert reviews*
  • Additionally, where required: publishers’ letter(s) of acceptance and/or acknowledgment(s) of receipt as well as summaries or translations of the key publications* The host and expert reviewer(s) upload the required documents in a secure area themselves. Applications can be submitted only after these documents have been uploaded. The application form contains further instructions and information.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents. The Humboldt Foundation will confirm receipt of the online application by email.

For Contact-  [email protected]

Last Date for Apply–  31 July 2019

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