Creating the FutureThe Academy
The young science academy Hector Fellow Academy represents interdisciplinary cutting-edge research, innovative projects, support for young scientists and social responsibility. The Academy facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between Hector Fellows from different disciplines (STEM, psychology, and medicine). In order to pass on the knowledge of these outstanding researchers to the next generation, the Hector Fellow Academy also funds the doctoral studies of young scientists.
The Hector Fellow Academy is not only committed to strengthening Germany as a location for research and science. Through its annual symposia, it also strives to initiate future-oriented socio-political discourses and to contribute to the solution of global challenges.
This is the Hector Fellow Academy
Interdisciplinary Cutting-Edge Research, innovative projects and support for young scientists
The Hector Fellow Academy was founded in 2013 to offer a platform for interdisciplinary exchange, networking and mutual inspiration to the laureates of the Hector Science Award.
In the beginning, there really was just an idea. The idea was that particularly successful and hard-working researchers could be rewarded a little - and in such a way that they would also become more visible to the public and thus receive additional incentives to continue their research.
The establishment of the Hector Fellow Academy in 2013 was the continuation of an idea that Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Hector and his wife Josephine Hector, the founders of the Hector Foundations, had already been pursuing since 2008 with the Hector Science Award: recognizing outstanding professors in research and teaching in order to strengthen the public profile of these personalities and their research.
The Hector Fellow Academy was founded with the aim of intensifying the collaboration of the Hector Science Award recipients. By connecting Hector Fellows, the intention was and is to facilitate interdisciplinary projects between them that otherwise would not have occurred.
The interdisciplinarity of the researchers is a key element, as Dr. Hector emphasized during the founding ceremony of the Hector Fellow Academy: "The convergence of high-ranking scientists from the broadest range of disciplines and even from different universities ought to trigger new ideas and thus research that transcends the boundaries of the fields. And perhaps it will then become the rule. That would then fulfill my desired goal that I had associated with the Fellow idea."
Since then, the range of activities of the Hector Fellow Academy has expanded. Today, the Academy uses a variety of funding formats to promote not only the networking of Hector Fellows but also promising young scientists working with the Hector Fellows. Since 2020, the Hector Research Career Development Award supports W1 professors and junior research group leaders.
Hector Science Award
With the Hector Science Award, the Hector Foundation II annually honors outstanding scientists from German universities and research institutions. The awardees become members of the Hector Fellow Academy.
Funding for interdisciplinary projects
The HFA provides personnel and research funding for innovative and interdisciplinary projects that are implemented jointly by several Hector Fellows. Postdoctoral and/or doctoral positions are provided to carry out the projects.
Hector Research Career Development Award
The Hector Research Career Development Award closes the gap between young scientists and Hector Fellows. The Hector RCD Award supports W1 professors and junior research group leaders in developing their scientific careers.
Supporting young researchers
Young Scientists benefit not only from the expert knowledge of their supervisors and the coordinated funding program of the HFA, but also from the exchange in the interdisciplinary network of the Academy.
Associated Young Researchers Program
Hector Fellows and Hector RCD Awardees can nominate young scientists from their research groups to join the Hector Fellow Academy as Associated Young Researchers. They can participate in HFA events and are supported with material resources.
Funding for scientific events
The Hector Fellow Academy also awards funding for workshops and international conferences hosted by multiple Hector Fellows. Hector Fellows who serve as Chair of a scientific conference are eligible for a Hector Fellow Academy Speaker's Award.
The Hector Fellow Academy brings together scientists in the STEM subjects — mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering — as well as medicine and psychology. The focus areas of the Hector Fellows include diverse fields such as astrophysics, molecular cell biology, machine learning, nanotechnology, deep-sea research, neuroscience, materials mechanics and bioinformatics.
The Academy connects its members and offers funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects. This opens up new approaches to solutions for important issues facing society.