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ORAU and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are now accepting nominations for the 7th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum

September 22-27, 2019

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is a gathering of laureates of some of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, namely the Abel Prize and Fields Medal as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize. Held annually for a week in Heidelberg, Germany, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings these laureates at the apex of their careers together with 200 high-achieving graduate student and postdoctoral counterparts from around the world.

The HLF gives early career researchers an opportunity for interaction that is typically not available within the normal university environment or in their home university department, whereby the Laureates provided formal plenary lectures and led small group discussions with topics driven by a combination of prepared presentations by the Laureates as well as student questions. Connections will be made between young researchers and future collaborators; these relationships will bridge the gap between the generations of computer science and mathematics researchers.

The American delegation is sponsored with support from the National Science Foundation and ORAU, with the delegation program administered by ORAU.

Read the 2018 program overview for a sample of the week-long events.

HLF conference attendees
HLF conference attendees

Travel Awards

ORAU and the National Science Foundation will provide a limited number of travel sponsorships for the 7th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Successful nominees will be nominated by their educational institution, and then reviewed, selected and approved by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Scientific Committee.

Approved nominees may apply for travel awards that cover costs associated with the selected young researchers’ travel; this typically includes international airfare on a US flagship air carrier (up to $1750), lodging, meals, ground transportation, and registration fees for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

Young researchers from the United States may apply for travel grants from ORAU. There will be a separate application process after nominees have been confirmed by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum selection committee in July 2019. If selected by HLF’s international committee, PhD students from the United States will be contacted by the ORAU team to discuss the application process for available travel grants.

Please email for more information about selection criteria. Travel grants for the Forum offered by ORAU are not guaranteed.

Find out why the Heidelberg Laureate Forum is such a unique experience