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 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.

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 information.


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.

further information

You can find the profiles of all current and past members of Die Junge Akademie here. Additionally, you can download the latest version of our "Members" broschure and "Alumnae and Alumni" broschure in PDF-format:

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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