Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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

Aimee van Wynsberghe | AI and robot ethics

Aimee van Wynsberghe, Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence, seeks new rules and control mechanisms as well as sustainable forms of AI. more

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

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

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Women often underestimate their professional qualifications. Therefore "active recruitment of women is extremely important". Jutta Allmendinger, president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, on#diversity in science at the Humboldt Foundation's Annual Meeting. #ProgressDiversity

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The 2021 Annual Meeting – “Best of”

With more than 1,000 participants from nearly 80 countries, this year’s Annual Meeting of the Humboldt Foundation was once again a highlight among the many meetings and encounters in the Humboldt Network.

Screenshot from the dance video "Respect" from the annual meeting

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Why we reach for the *** (stars)

Diversity of perspectives is the precondition for excellence. So, for us, excellence starts with indicating diversity in our language.

Background Easter Jelly Beans; Text: Progress Diversity

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News

The 2021 Annual Meeting – “Best of”

With more than 1,000 participants from nearly 80 countries, this year’s Annual Meeting of the Humboldt Foundation was once again a highlight among the many meetings and encounters in the Humboldt Network.

Screenshot from the dance video "Respect" from the annual meeting

News

Why we reach for the *** (stars)

Diversity of perspectives is the precondition for excellence. So, for us, excellence starts with indicating diversity in our language.

Background Easter Jelly Beans; Text: Progress Diversity

News

Doing research with a family in tow

No one knows yet how the pandemic will impact the careers of young researchers. In this three-part series, we profile Feodor Lynen Research Fellows and show how they are dealing with the challenges facing them.

Pressemitteilungen

Press release

New scouts selected

In the second round of the Henriette Herz Scouting Programme, a further 23 scouts, including 10 female researchers, were chosen to recruit talented individuals for the Humboldt Network.

A hand with a magnet pulls green human figure out of the big crowd of people. Recruiting new research fellows. Search for talented researchers.

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!

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Women often underestimate their professional qualifications. Therefore "active recruitment of women is extremely important". Jutta Allmendinger, president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, on#diversity in science at the Humboldt Foundation's Annual Meeting. #ProgressDiversity

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Kick-off to the third edition of our #ResearchComLab: Vito Cecere of the German Federal Office opens the 4-day Science Communication workshop on sustainability and social justice. #scicomm

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Volcanic eruptions are spectacular events, but can pose an acute threat to human societies. An international team including #Humboldtian Arianna Soldati has shown that a specific seismic signal may predict how dangerous the eruption will be.

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Coming from a farming family with 12 children and with a maths teacher who treated her with contempt because she was a girl, Humboldtian Urmila Pyakurel didn't have an easy path into academia. But she succeeded! #ProgressDiversity #EUDiversityMonth

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“What others consider normal? That is not a question I ask myself. My normal is different anyway.“ Jochen Guck, director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, experiences academia as the ideal environment for #diversity:  #ProgressDiversity #EUDiversityMonth

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„We have made highly effective vaccines against Covid-19; we must do the same for malaria.“ Immunologist and Humboldtian Faith Osier works to make the disease history – in our lifetimes.

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

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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