Humboldt Research Fellowship

In brief

Early career and established researchers from abroad in all disciplines can carry out their own long-term research project in collaboration with an academic host of their choice at a research institution in Germany.

Who can apply?

Researchers who

  • do not live and work in Germany
  • have a doctorate or a comparable academic qualification completed fewer than 4 years (postdocs) or 12 years (experienced researchers) previously
  • academic publications that were peer-reviewed according to international standards (postdocs) or
  • already have their own research profile documented by a comprehensive list of academic publications that have been peer-reviewed according to international standards (experienced researchers)
  • have several years of independent research experience (experienced researchers)
  • have a good knowledge of German or English

Further requirements

Applicants must present a confirmation that research facilities are available, as well as a mentoring agreement and a detailed expert’s statement by an academic host at a research institution in Germany.

Type and extent of funding

Fellowship of 2,650 euros per month (postdocs) or 3,150 euros per month (experienced researchers) plus language course, travel expenses, family allowances, extensive alumni sponsorship and allowance for research costs (for the host institution).


6 to 24 months (postdocs) resp. 6 to 18 months (experienced researchers), the fellowship for experienced researchers can be divided up into a maximum of 3 blocks within 3 years.


Researchers from Brazil can only apply for a Capes-Humboldt Research Fellowship. 
Applications can be submitted online at any time. You can access the online application form on the programme
website (see link below).

Funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation

Here you will find a list of the funding programmes of the Humboldt Foundation.