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2018 Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards granted

Six international researchers to receive up to €1.65 million each and develop their own research group in Berlin, Bochum, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Saarbrücken and Würzburg

Grant and Award Announcement

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Winners 2018

image: These are the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award winners 2018: Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu, Kenji Fukushima, Milica Gaši?, Hitoshi Omori, Paola Pinilla und Fritz Renner. view more 

Credit: Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has singled out six international researchers between 31 and 36 years of age for one of Germany's most valuable science awards: the winners will each be granted up to 1.65 million EUR.

With the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, young researchers receive risk capital for innovative projects during an early stage in their careers. The Sofja Kovalevskaja 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 Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards will be presented to the recipients on 22 November in a formal ceremony in Berlin.

The recently selected award winners, their respective home country / last country of residence, research focus and host institute are:

Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu: How developing life is shaped

Turkey / USA, Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Department of Genome Regulation

Kenji Fukushima: The evolution of carnivorous plants

Japan / USA, Evolutionary Biology, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Julius von Sachs Institute of Biosciences

Milica Gasic: How computers can understand us better

Serbia / United Kingdom, Artificial Intelligence, Image and Language Processing, Saarland University, Department of Language Science and Technology

Hitoshi Omori: Don't be shy of contradictions

Japan / Japan, Theoretical Philosophy, Ruhr-University Bochum, Chair of Logic and Epistemology

Paola Pinilla: Insights into the formation of new planets

Colombia / USA, Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Planet and Star Formation Department

Fritz Renner: Fighting depression with imagination

Germany / United Kingdom, Clinical Psychology, University of Freiburg, Department of Psychology


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 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide - including 55 Nobel Prize winners.

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