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Tricia Striano Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize

26 Apr


How to get a grant for research in Germany

18 Apr

*  Have a good question.  Show your passion. If I had a million euros and 100 people were writing a grant to obtain it- WHY SHOULD IT BE GIVEN TO YOU?  Show me why I should invest in you. WHY should I trust you?  Show me some pilot data.  SHow me that you have an idea what your team will look like.  WHy is this the right team? How do they qualify and why are they all essential?   What is the attack plan.

How does the University benefit from you? How do you benefit from the University?  What is the future of the collaboration?


18 Apr

I really enjoyed my talk today at the Goethe Institute in Washington DC!  The talk was for a GAIN Workshop. GAIN is a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and associated members, including the German Rectors’ Conference, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society.

I met so many outstanding young researchers and appreciated their excellent questions.  I love to share my experience of the 7 years that I spent in Leipzig Germany. I talked about my experiences as Junior Research Group Leader of the Cultural Ontogeny Group (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and then highlighted the great years I spent as the Head of the Neurocognition & Development group with the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Please feel free to continue the discussion here.  Also I will post my talk in the next week.  Alles Gute!

Don’t forget:  Use code “Humboldt50” at and 50 percent of proceeds go to the American Friends of Alexander von Humboldt Society.  (coupon valid until June 2010 but new ones will be posted as well). I can’t think of a better way to show my admiration of the Humboldt Foundation!