€250,000 award for researchers in the humanities and social sciences

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is awarding the very first Anneliese Maier Research Award to seven researchers from the humanities and social sciences. The new collaboration award is designed to promote the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany and is to be awarded annually to outstanding researchers from abroad who are active in one of the relevant fields. The award of €250,000 can be used to finance research collaborations with specialist colleagues in Germany for a period of five years. Researchers are nominated by collaborative partners at German universities and research institutions.

The seven award winners (three women and four men) were chosen from a total of 90 nominees from 20 countries.
The American philosopher Shaun Gallagher, aged 63, is a leading academic in the areas of philosophy, cognitive science and neuroscience. He will use the money to collaborate with Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the colleagues involved in the newly established Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution.

The awards are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and are named after the philosopher and historian of science Anneliese Maier (1905 in Tübingen, Germany – 1971 in Rome, Italy). Maier conducted international research on the emergence of modern scientific thought between the 14th and 18th century, particularly in the natural sciences.