Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Humboldt Professorship Germany’s most valuable research award brings top international researchers to German universities. Here are some of them.

Tiffany Knight | Ecology

The ecologist Tiffany Knight explores biodiversity and biological invasion processes. more

Peter Dayan | Theoretical Neuroscience

Peter Dayan is a Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence and works at the intersection between the intelligence of living beings and machines. more

Margaret C. Crofoot | Biology

Margaret Crofoot investigates collective animal behaviour and movements, especially the development of complex societies, such as the group behaviour of apes. more

Till Bärnighausen | Epidemiology

The physician and epidemiologist Till Bärnighausen works in the field of global health research and is, amongst other things, a specialist in HIV research. more

Stefanie Petermichl | Mathematics

Stefanie Petermichl is a leading researcher in harmonic analysis, a branch of mathematics with wide-ranging application potential. 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 56 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.
Marc Sedjro

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

Marc Sedjro (German Research Chair at AIMS South Africa)
“At my host institute I had access to the most recent specialist literature as well as recognised experts in my field – this enriched my research enormously.”

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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?

Humboldt is everywhere

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“Safe haven for a new start”

Strengthening freedom of scientific research: Success stories from five years of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. An interview with the programme director.

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Before they begin with their projects, the new cohort of Chancellor Fellows from meets digitally. We wish them all success and many enriching experiences during their time in Germany!

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Humboldt Rankings

Universities in the major conurbations Berlin and Munich are in particular demand among foreign researchers.

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Max Planck Humboldt Research Award

Roberto Bonasio is awarded the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2020, Luciano Marraffini receives the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal

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Nobel Prize for Humboldtian

“Our sincere congratulations to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. With the genetic scissors you have developed a ground-breaking technology”, said the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape.

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Initial findings from study on "Life with Corona"

How are people around the world dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic? Nearly 12,000 people from more than 130 countries have completed Humboldt Professor Anke Hoeffler's Life with Corona questionnaire.

Woman and man in social distancing sitting on bench

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30 Years of United Research

How did reunification affect research in Germany? How did Humboldt Fellows experience the fall of the Wall? In several videos, members of the worldwide Humboldt network look back at the past and ahead to the future.

30 Jahre vereint forschen

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“Safe haven for a new start”

Strengthening freedom of scientific research: Success stories from five years of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. An interview with the programme director.

News

Initial findings from study on "Life with Corona"

How are people around the world dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic? Nearly 12,000 people from more than 130 countries have completed Humboldt Professor Anke Hoeffler's Life with Corona questionnaire.

Woman and man in social distancing sitting on bench

News

30 Years of United Research

How did reunification affect research in Germany? How did Humboldt Fellows experience the fall of the Wall? In several videos, members of the worldwide Humboldt network look back at the past and ahead to the future.

30 Jahre vereint forschen

Pressemitteilungen

Press

Humboldt Rankings

Universities in the major conurbations Berlin and Munich are in particular demand among foreign researchers.

Press

Max Planck Humboldt Research Award

Roberto Bonasio is awarded the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2020, Luciano Marraffini receives the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal

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Nobel Prize for Humboldtian

“Our sincere congratulations to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. With the genetic scissors you have developed a ground-breaking technology”, said the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape.

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Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards for 2020 presented

Eight researchers from abroad will each receive up to €1.65 million in prize money to be used to set up their own research groups in Bochum, Giessen, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Mainz, Munich, Oberpfaffenhofen and Tübingen.

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GAIN is now Virtual GAIN

Overseas networking meeting for German science: GAIN will be held digitally for the first time on August 28 and 29.

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Before they begin with their projects, the new cohort of Chancellor Fellows from meets digitally. We wish them all success and many enriching experiences during their time in Germany!

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Calling all young climate experts from transition and developing countries! Do you want to conduct a research-based project in Germany for 12-24 months? Then apply for a ClimateProtection Fellowship! Deadline: 1 March 2021

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Happy 251st Birthday Alex! Why Alexander von Humboldt still matters today: Visit last year's anniversary website humboldt-heute.de/en/

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Converting waste into a useful product: Humboldt Professor Largus Angenent and his research group are looking for new sources of carbon for the production of chemicals.

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"I need international exchange to do my work. And we all do!" Betty Rono, Climate Protection specialist from Kenya, supports international collaboration in research, in the #Covid19 crisis and in the future. #ResearchAcrossBorders

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Final meeting of the current German Chancellor Fellows from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA – this year in the virtual space. Thank you for the lively exchange of ideas and all the best for your future! And now cheers!

Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives

Apply now for the Humboldt Alumni Award! Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to five Humboldt Alumni Awards to promote innovative networking initiatives of alumni of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship and award programmes. Applications are accepted until 30 November 2020.

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