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

Over 240 employees
Network with over 29,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries worldwide, including 55 Nobel Prize winners


Some 2,300 collaborative research partnerships between international and German researchers each year

Annual budget: 136,7 million euros (2018)


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Source: Humboldt Foundation

The budget of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation amounted to 136,7 million euros in 2018. The foundation receives roughly 95% 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 and Nuclear Safety (BMU) (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
+49 228 833-0

Funding programmes:

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.