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.”

Humboldt Kosmos – the Humboldt Foundation’s magazine. What are Humboldtians around the world working on? What are the issues in science, diplomacy and international affairs that move us? We report in our magazine.

Globe

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

Alle

@AvHStiftung

Congratulations to the Humboldtians who received an ERC Advanced Grant, among others Anton Zensus, Hendrik Dietz and Georg Vogeler!

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"Academic freedom is simple, complex, and essential. It must be protected." Robert Quinn, Executive Director of Scholars at Risk, wrote an essay on the importance of #AcademicFreedom to mark the fifth anniversary of the #SchwartzInitiative.

News

Conference: Gender Equality, Diversity, Inclusion post-Corona: Quo vadis?

International experts from the research community, the political sector and research funding organisations - including Humboldt Foundation President Hans-Christian Pape - will be taking part in the discussions at the Gender Summit 2021. It is still possible to register for the virtual conference.

Press release

Forerunner for academic freedom

By creating the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the Humboldt Foundation became Germany’s first research organisation to establish a funding programme to protect researchers who are persecuted and at threat.

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“When my son skypes with our family in Syria, he doesn't understand why he can’t simply visit them. But it would be suicide to return at the moment.” Anan Alsheikh Haidar came to Germany as a fellow of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. #AcademicFreedom

@AvHStiftung

Calling all young leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and the USA! Apply now for a 12-month German Chancellor Fellowship and conduct a socially-relevant project in Germany! Deadline: 15 October.
 

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News

Conference: Gender Equality, Diversity, Inclusion post-Corona: Quo vadis?

International experts from the research community, the political sector and research funding organisations - including Humboldt Foundation President Hans-Christian Pape - will be taking part in the discussions at the Gender Summit 2021. It is still possible to register for the virtual conference.

News

Artificial Intelligence for Psychiatry

The benefit of knowledge exchange: Alexander von Humboldt Professor Peter Dayan on how he wants to link machine learning with psychiatry resesarch.

News

Science Selfies – Research made in Africa

What is day-to-day research like in times of pandemic? In our series Science Selfies, Humboldtians from various African countries are allowing us to look behind the scenes in their offices and labs. In video diaries they describe the challenges they face and how they master difficulties. Francine Ntoumi from the Republic of Congo launches the series.

News

Stable connections

Molecular chemist Florian Mulks had planned his stay in the USA in 2020 as a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow. Then the corona pandemic came. But a solution was found in the Humboldt Network.

Pressemitteilungen

Press release

Forerunner for academic freedom

By creating the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the Humboldt Foundation became Germany’s first research organisation to establish a funding programme to protect researchers who are persecuted and at threat.

Press release

#ProgressDiversity: Let’s talk!

Diversity in science and research: The entire new edition of the magazine Humboldt Kosmos to the topic of diversity. Let’s talk, on Twitter with #ProgressDiversity!

Background - Easter Jelly Beans

Press release

Humboldtian receives Prize

The American microbiologist Bonnie L. Bassler shares the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize with the American microbiologist Michael R. Silverman.

Press release

Humboldt Rankings

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

Twitter

@AvHStiftung

Congratulations to the Humboldtians who received an ERC Advanced Grant, among others Anton Zensus, Hendrik Dietz and Georg Vogeler!

@AvHStiftung

"Academic freedom is simple, complex, and essential. It must be protected." Robert Quinn, Executive Director of Scholars at Risk, wrote an essay on the importance of #AcademicFreedom to mark the fifth anniversary of the #SchwartzInitiative.

@AvHStiftung

“When my son skypes with our family in Syria, he doesn't understand why he can’t simply visit them. But it would be suicide to return at the moment.” Anan Alsheikh Haidar came to Germany as a fellow of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. #AcademicFreedom

@AvHStiftung

Calling all young leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and the USA! Apply now for a 12-month German Chancellor Fellowship and conduct a socially-relevant project in Germany! Deadline: 15 October.
 

@AvHStiftung

New findings by Humboldtian Hyacinth C. Nnamchi can help improve climate predictions in the tropical Atlantic. Climate scientists have struggled to understand what causes the Atlantic El Niño to emerge.

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Hans-Christian Pape, president of the Humboldt Foundation: “It’s not enough not to be opposed to diversity. We have to be more active. Every time we make an HR decision we have to ask: How can I promote multiple perspectives?” More on #ProgressDiversity.

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"If German academia is largely male, men at universities have to nominate women for these professorships." Listen to Meg Crofoot  and nominate more excellent women for Humboldt-Professorships! #ProgressDiversity

German Chancellor Fellowship

University graduates with initial leadership experience from Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and the USA can apply until 15 october 2021.

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