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 over 230 people

The foundation’s alumni network brings together over 28,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries worldwide, including 54 Nobel Prize winners

The foundation supports some 2,000 collaborative research partnerships between foreign and German researchers each year

The budget is 116 million euros (2016)


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Source: Humboldt Foundation

The budget of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation amounted to 116 million euros in 2016.  The foundation receives roughly 94 per cent of its funding from federal sources. The following ministries contribute to its budget:

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (51%)
  • Federal Foreign Office (AA) (35%)
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (7%)
  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) (1%)

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


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn
Phone +49 228 833-0

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