Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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As an intermediary organisation of German foreign cultural and education policy the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation aims to promote international cultural dialogue and academic exchange. The Humboldt Foundation offers flexible sponsorship programmes for researchers at all stages of their careers. Its research fellowships and awards enable outstanding scientists and scholars from abroad to complete long-term research stays in Germany. There are no quotas for specific countries or subjects; only personal academic achievement counts. The foundation also maintains close links with its alumni, the Humboldtians, after their stay in Germany. It offers numerous alumni support programmes for that purpose.

Facts and Figures

  • The headquarters of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is located in Bonn

  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation employs around 220 people (2016)

  • The foundation’s alumni network brings together over 27,600 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries worldwide, including 52 Nobel Prize winners (2016)

  • The foundation supports some 2,000 collaborative research partnerships between foreign and German researchers (2015)

  • Budget: 114 million euros (2015)

Budget

The budget of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation amounted to 114 million euros in 2015. The foundation receives roughly 94% of its funding from federal sources. The following ministries contribute to its budget:

  • Federal Foreign Office (AA) (34%)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (53%)
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (6%)
  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU) (1%)

The rest of the budget comes from the EU, third-party funds and the foundation’s own asset income.

Contact

Firm

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Address

Jean-Paul-Str. 12

53173 Bonn

Telephone

work Phone
+49 228 833-0

Funding Programmes:

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Junior researchers in all disciplines from developing countries, emerging economies and transition states can carry out a research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice in Germany. More Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

This fellowship allows young researchers to carry out their own research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice at a research institute in Germany. More Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Junior researchers from all disciplines can establish their own working groups and spend five years working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their choice at research institutions in Germany. More Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Award winners receive the opportunity to carry out long-term and groundbreaking research in Germany. More Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Anneliese Maier Research Award

Anneliese Maier Research Award

Internationally acclaimed scholars in the humanities and social sciences can collaborate on their own research projects with colleagues in Germany. More Anneliese Maier Research Award

Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

Award winners from outside Europe are invited to work closely with a partner at one of the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany for up to 12 months. They become part of a global network of researchers maintained by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. More Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Outstanding researchers are invited to spend a period of 6 to 12 months cooperating on a research project with fellow experts at a research institute in Germany. More Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Senior researchers in all disciplines from developing countries, emerging economies and transition states can carry out a research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice in Germany. More Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Georg Forster Research Award

Georg Forster Research Award

Award winners from developing and emerging countries are invited to cooperate on a long-term research project with fellow experts at a research institute in Germany. The award is open to researchers in all disciplines. More Georg Forster Research Award

Humboldt Research Award

Humboldt Research Award

Award winners are invited to cooperate on a long-term research project with fellow experts at a research institute in Germany. More Humboldt Research Award

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

International senior researchers in all disciplines can carry out their own research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice at a research institute in Germany. More Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers