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Humboldt Professorship Germany’s most valuable research award brings top international researchers to German universities.

Michaela Mahlberg | Applied linguistics

Language is the key to the world. Michaela Mahlberg uses computer-aided, quantitative linguistic methods to study huge bodies of text, not least with regard to the social function of language. At the new centre of Digital Humanities and Social Studies she will explore the social dimension of the datafication and algorithmisation of culture and society. more

Fatih Ömer İlday | Physics & materials science

F. Ömer İlday has played a seminal role in developing ultrafast laser technology, transforming the field of non-linear laser-matter interactions in the last few years. He is now invited to join Ruhr University Bochum to explore new research fields in materials science and establish a world-class research centre. more

Ariel Dora Stern | Health economics

Germany has a highly efficient health service but is not in the international vanguard according to health system research. Ariel Dora Stern, one of the few researchers with a global reputation in the field, is now invited to Potsdam to drive this highly relevant and promising field of research, which has been underrepresented in Germany to date. more

Suvrit Sra | Mathematics and machine learning

When mathematics meets AI, and optimisation, machine learning: mathematician Suvrit Sra’s fundamental works on methods of optimisation have made a seminal and incomparable contribution to the theoretical understanding and continued development of learning systems. The Technical University of Munich wants to harness the Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence to expand its leading position in the field of artificial intelligence. more

Arnim Wiek | Sustainability research

Arnim Wiek is a world leader in sustainability science and has played a seminal role in shaping its development. At the University of Freiburg, Wiek is invited to establish a Center for Sustainable Food Economy that will create synergies between existing research activities both there and at other universities in the tri-national Upper Rhein region. He will also help to reinforce efforts to internationalise sustainability research in Germany. more

30.000 researchers worldwide belong to the Humboldt Foundation’s network.


As Humboldtians, they are all members of the Humboldt Family: currently sponsorship recipients and alumni from more than 140 countries, including 61 Nobel Laureates.

The Humboldt Foundation

  • We sponsor researchers, regardless of discipline and nationality.
  • We strengthen Germany as a research location through international academic exchange.
  • We support our fellows and award winners for their entire lifetime.
  • We campaign for international understanding, scientific progress and development.

800 awards and fellowships are granted by the Humboldt Foundation every year.

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“Mathematics offers huge optimization potential to the African people.”

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Humboldt Geography of Knowledge Where do most of the successful applicants and nominees come from and where are the Foundation’s alumni doing their research today?

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Building bridges – that's not only the goal of the Humboldt Foundation, but also of our annual meeting! A huge thank you to all Humboldtians who made this event what it is: a celebration of the Humboldt Family!

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Research with a family: the sound of diversity

With her research in Oldenburg, neuroscientist and Humboldtian Hanin Karawani Khoury wants to make her voice heard - for older people worldwide and for more diversity in science.

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Rebuilding Ukraine together: Robert Schlögl, President of the Humboldt Foundation, discusses the role of culture and education at the Ukraine Recovery Conference #URC2024.

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Research with a family: the sound of diversity

With her research in Oldenburg, neuroscientist and Humboldtian Hanin Karawani Khoury wants to make her voice heard - for older people worldwide and for more diversity in science.

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From Cameroon to Karlsruhe: forging ahead

The Georg Forster Fellow and taxonomist, Jeanne Agrippine Yetchom Fondjo, is conducting research on grasshoppers and biodiversity at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe. She hopes her work will be a source of inspiration and attract more women to science.

Die Wissenschaftlerin im Labor. Vor ihr ein Kasten mit Heuschrecken

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All the rights in the world

Through her work, the Venezuelan lawyer and professor for international private law María Julia Ochoa Jiménez wants to help de-colonise legal thought and reinforce the rights of Indigenous communities.

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Building bridges – that's not only the goal of the Humboldt Foundation, but also of our annual meeting! A huge thank you to all Humboldtians who made this event what it is: a celebration of the Humboldt Family!

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Rebuilding Ukraine together: Robert Schlögl, President of the Humboldt Foundation, discusses the role of culture and education at the Ukraine Recovery Conference #URC2024.

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"#Diversity is a great resource, a great originator of creativity!" Für Humboldt-Professor Ömer Ilday und uns als Stiftung ist #Diversität in der Wissenschaft unerlässlich. #StimmeFürVielfalt am Deutschen Diversity-Tag 2024.

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Apply now: We invite early career researchers from the USA & Germany to participate in the German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium on “A Digitally Connected World”! 

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The German health service is experiencing upheaval. Ariel Dora Stern wants to improve the Health Care system with promising new technologies. On 13 May, she received a Humboldt Professorship!

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"We can’t understand reality without talking about it." Linguist Michaela Mahlberg studies the social function of language. She is one of 12 top researchers who will be awarded a Humboldt Professorship on 13 May!

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Progress in medical technology is made every day. It brings huge benefits but also poses major challenges for health economics and policy. Today on #WorldHealthDay, we introduce Humboldt Professor Ariel Dora Stern, who joined the HPI as new Chair for Digital Health.

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Water is a valuable resource and its pollution is a global problem. #Humboldtian Gloria Ugwuja from Nigeria and her host Andreas Taubert are collaborating on water treatment methods.

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„Wir wurden auch dazu aufgefordert, unsere Studierenden zu zensieren.“ Zwei Forschende im Exil berichten vom Druck, den sie an ihren Heimatunis erlebt haben und den Hindernissen für Wissenschaftler*innen in autoritären Regimes. #SchwartzInitiative

Gloria Ugwuja and Andreas Taubert

Georg Forster Research Fellowship

The Fellowship for postdoctoral and experienced researchers from developing and emerging countries who are contributing to sustainable development. The sponsorship is equivalent to the Humboldt Research Fellowship.

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