Forum for Researchers in Germany

The application process for the 11th Heidelberg Laureate Forum has begun!


Young researchers in math and computer science from around the world can sign up for a chance to join the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual conference where they can connect with top scholars in their fields. The forum is a unique opportunity for accepted participants to interact with winners of prestigious awards in math and computer science, like the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal, IMU Abacus Medal, and Nevanlinna Prize. This event encourages discussions between accomplished laureates and aspiring researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

During the weeklong event, young researchers get to meet and talk with 200 other bright minds in math and computer science. They also get a special chance to connect deeply with their scientific heroes and learn valuable things by chatting with award-winning experts in a casual and friendly setting. One young researcher said, "Meeting the people behind some of the coolest inventions and discoveries was amazing. I didn't expect them to be so friendly and easy to talk to. I'm thankful for this chance and forgetting to share it with peers who I hope to work with and be friends with in the future


Type: Forum

Duration: September 22 to 27, 2024

Place: Heidelberg, Germany.

Organization: Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)

Countries: All countries can apply

Fund: Could be fully funded


  1. The HLFF will cover the costs for a single hotel accommodation (including breakfast) from September 21 to September 28, 2024.
  2. Meals throughout the HLF week are provided, with breakfast at the hotel, and lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks with snacks at the HLF venue.
  3. Only breakfast will be provided on the day of departure.
  4. If you can't obtain travel funding from your current affiliation or national funding agency, you can apply for an HLFF travel grant.
  5. Uploading a letter of rejection to the travel grant application is mandatory.
  6. The HLFF travel grant reimburses travel and visa costs incurred for your trip to and from the HLF (excluding food/meals).

Who Can Apply?

If you're studying mathematics or computer science (or a closely related field) at these levels, you can apply:

  1. Undergraduate/Pre-Master: If you're currently enrolled in your studies (like a Bachelor’s or Master’s) and haven't earned a Master’s degree yet.
  2. Graduate PhD: If you're in a program and working toward a Ph.D.
  3. Postdoc: If you got your Ph.D. in the last 5 years. It's okay if you're not in a typical postdoctoral position; for instance, working in the private sector or as an Assistant Professor also qualifies. (If you got your Ph.D. more than 5 years ago, unfortunately, you can't apply.)

Important: Your academic status at the time of application submission is what matters, even if it changes later. Also, a young researcher can take part in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum only once at each academic level.


  • CV
  • Motivational statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Awards or other scientific achievements (if any).
  • Graduate PhDs and postdocs further require a short summary of their thesis topic, transcripts, and publications (if any).

How to Apply

  1. Make an account on our online application tool. Choose your current stage in your science journey (Undergraduate/Pre-Master, Graduate Ph.D., or PostDoc - pick the right category).
  2. Share your title, first name, last name, and email address.
  3. Check your email for login info to access the application tool. If you don't see it, also look in your spam folder!
  4. Log in to the tool, finish your application, and send it by February 9, 2024.


For your visa application, HLFF will give you a visa invitation letter, travel health insurance, and hotel confirmation letter once you finish registering online for HLF. We'll upload these official documents to your online profile, and they've been approved by the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). Print them out and bring them to your appointment.

Schedule your visa appointment right after submitting your online registration. Don't wait until you have all the documents from HLFF! Visa appointments can have long waiting times, and processing takes time, so it's best not to delay.

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