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)
- Source: Humboldt Foundation
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.