Members have different backgrounds ranging from Astrophysics via Law and Political Science to Philosophy of Science. Members are elected for five years. Each member is endowed with a research budget of currently about 35.000 Euros for joint academic projects.

A requirement for five-year membership in the Junge Akademie is an outstanding dissertation, which should not be more than three to seven years in the past at the time of election. Furthermore, the candidate should also have published another outstanding academic paper afterwards. The election is usually limited to the German-speaking countries. Applications from artists are also welcome. Dedicated collaboration in the Junge Akademie is expected.


The Junge Akademie has a constant number of 50 members. Every year, ten members leave the academy and ten new members are elected. The annual cooptation happens in turne: One year, the superordinate academies elect new members – the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – and the next year, the Junge Akademie elects new members. Candidates are proposed by the Junge Akademie. When it is the Junge Akademie's turn to elect new members, it also explicitly encourages unsolicited applications. Members are obliged to participate actively in the the Junge Akademie's work.

Alumni stay involved with the the Junge Akademie, continue the academic exchange among each other and take part in Junge Akademie events. Some continue to be involved in Research Groups.

Call for proposals

The next election of new members will take place by the superordinate academies in spring 2018. Nominations were accepted until November 30, 2017.


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

Call for proposals

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