The Foundation for Polish Sciences has selected the beneficiaries of the Alexander von Humboldt Polish Honorary Research Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding active German scholars in order to permit them to conduct scientific research at a selected institution in Poland.
In 2019, in the 23rd round in the competition, the scholarships went to:
- prof. Hermann Ehrlich from TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany), invited for a six-month fellowship at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Łódź to realise a project entitled Study of the preconditions for organization of a National Laboratory of Extreme Biomimetics (NLEXB) in Poland together with prof. Teofil Jesionowski
- prof. Hans Geissel from Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen (Niemcy), invited for a six-month fellowship at the National Centre for Nuclear Research to realise a project entitled Novel Research with Short-lived Nuclei together with prof. Zygmunt Patyk
- prof. Carola Hilmes from Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main (Germany), invited for a six-month fellowship at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Łódź to realise a project entitled Women’s Everyday Life in the Ghetto of Lodz. Remembrances & Records of Lucille Eichengreen, Chava Rosenfarb, and Irene Hauser together with prof. Joanna Jabłkowska
Scholarship beneficiaries will receive each 4000 euro per month.
Stipends are awarded on the basis of the 1995 agreement between the FNP and the Humboldt Foundation. As a result of this contract, the Foundation for Polish Science joined similar organisations from countries with analogous partnership agreements on mutual awarding of these distinctions to the most outstanding scholars. The invitation enables beneficiaries to conduct their research projects in accordance with their own choice in cooperation with colleagues from the host country.
The name of the stipend takes the name of the patron to invoke the best traditions of cooperation of Polish and German scientists. Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), a German naturalist, traveller and geographer, worked together with many Poles and was an honorary member of the Society of Friends of Sciences in Warsaw and the first promoter of Adam Mickiewicz’s poetry in Germany.