The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is known for its generous scholarship policy. Recently it has singled out six international researchers between 30 and 37 years of age for one of Germany’s most valuable science awards: the winners will each be granted up to €1.65 million.

Six international researchers develop their own research group

With the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, young researchers receive risk capital for innovative projects during an early stage in their careers. The Award allows them to conduct research at a German university or research institute for a period of up to five years and develop their own research groups for this at their host institutes. The award is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award is a recognition to the Russian maths genius Sofja Kovalevskaja.

The this year winners are:

    • Ufuk Günesdogan, Germany/ United Kingdom, Developmental Biology, University of Göttingen, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology
    • Enrique Jiménez, Spain, Egyptian and Near-Eastern Classical Studies, LMU Munich, Chair of Ancient History of the Near and Middle East


  • Laura Leal-Taixé, Spain/ Switzerland, Artificial Intelligence, Image and Language Processing, TUM, Chair of Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, Garching
  • David J.E. Marsh (Doddy), United Kingdom, Astrophysics, University of Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics
  • Anna Martius (geb. Levina), Russia/Austria, Systematic Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)
  • Matteo Smerlak, France/ Canada, Statistical Physics/ Theoretical Biology, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

About 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 54 Nobel Prize winners.