Humboldt Research Award

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Funded by

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

In brief

Researchers from abroad, regardless of their discipline or nationality, are honoured for their outstanding research record, and are invited to conduct a research project of their own choice in Germany in close collaboration with fellow experts at a German research institution.

Who can apply?

A nomination can only be made in favour of senior researchers who

  • have predominantly lived and worked outside Germany for at least 5 years
  • are recognised internationally as outstanding researchers in their field and who have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond
  • are expected to continue producing cutting-edge research

Type and extent of funding

Award of 60,000 euros; extensive alumni sponsorship.


Up to 12 months.


Nominations can be submitted at any time. It is not possible for researchers to apply themselves; nominations can only be made by established researchers employed at a university or another research institution in Germany.