Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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 of over 30,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries worldwide, including 56 Nobel Prize winners


Some 2,600 collaborative research partnerships between international and German researchers each year

Annual budget: roughly 143 million euros (2019)


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Source: Humboldt Foundation

The budget of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation amounted to roughly 143 million euros in 2019. The foundation receives roughly 96% of its funding from federal sources. The following ministries contribute to its budget:

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (45%)
  • Federal Foreign Office (AA) (42%) 
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (8%) 
  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) (1%) 

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn
+49 228 833-0

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