Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

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Funded by

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:
The AvH promotes research collaborations between excellent foreign and German researchers.

In brief

Junior researchers of all nationalities and all disciplines can carry out their own long-term research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice at a research institution in Germany.

Who can apply?

Postdocs with

  • an outstanding doctorate or a comparable academic degree completed less than 4 years ago
  • academic publications that were peer-reviewed according to international standards
  • 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, plus language course, travel expenses, family allowances, extensive alumni sponsorship and allowance for research costs (for the host institution).


6 to 24 months.


Applications can be submitted online at any time. You can access the online application form on the programme website.

Funding Programmes of the Humboldt Foundation

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. To this end, it grants more than 2000 research fellowships and research awards annually.