Members have different backgrounds ranging from Astrophysics via Law and Political Science to Philosophy of Science. They are elected for five years. They have access to a personal budget as well as to a joint research budget.

A key requirement for the membership in Die Junge Akademie is an outstanding dissertation. It should have been completed at least three, but no more than seven years prior to the admission in Die Junge Akademie. Since then, the candidate should also have published at least one other outstanding academic paper. Applications from artists are also welcome. Dedicated collaboration in Die Junge Akademie is expected.

Please note that while our members live and work internationally, participation in Die Junge Akademie requires sufficient proficiency in German. Please refer to the German website for further information.


Die Junge Akademie has 50 members. Every year, ten members leave the academy and ten new members are elected. The annual cooptation happens in turn: One year, the superordinate academies – that is the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – elect new members; the next year, Die Junge Akademie is in charge of the election process.

Alumni often stay involved with the Die Junge Akademie.

Cooptation 2019

Die Junge Akademie oversees the current admissions process. Applications are currently under review. The official admission ceremony will take place on 25 May 2019.

further information

The profiles of all current and past members of Die Junge Akademie can be found here. Additionally, you can download the latest version of our "Members" brochure and "Alumnae and Alumni" brochure as PDF:

Current Members 2018/2019 (pdf)

Alumnae and Alumni 2018/2019 (pdf)


The Junge Akademie enables cooperation among different disciplines in a unique manner, but also promotes the dialog between science and society. Projects like the short-film competition be a better being which establishes access to scientific perspectives of controversial social issues through films, would have been unthinkable without the encounters of very diverse researchers at the Junge Akademie.

Philipp Kanske,
Member of the Junge Akademie since 2015

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