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 2020, in the 24th round in the competition, the scholarships went to:
- prof. Jürgen Kurths from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, invited for a six-month fellowship at the Division of Dynamics of the University of Technology in Łódź to realise a project entitled “Undertaking chimera states in coupled mechanical oscillators” together with prof. Tomasz Kapitaniak
- prof. Gerd Meyer from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, invited for a six-month fellowship at the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Port Polish Center for Technology Development to realise a project entitled “Light converting layers” together with prof. Alicja Bachmatiuk
- dr Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe from the Free University of Berlin, invited for a six-month fellowship at the Polish Center for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences to realise a project entitled “Polish City Mayors and the Administration of the General Government: Holocaust, Occupation, and Collaboration” together with prof. Barbara Engelking
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.