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

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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#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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Your research is important! Let everyone know about it. Apply now for our SUMMER SCHOOL COMMUNICATING SCIENCE to optimize your #scicomm skills. Extended deadline: February 14th. It’s free and open to young researchers throughout Europe.
 

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Humboldtian receives Prize

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

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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.

News

#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

News

Humboldtian receives Prize

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

News

Protests at Boğaziçi University

In early January, Turkey’s President Erdoğan appointed a new rector at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. Since then, the campus has seen protests, violence and arrests. Comments on this from the Humboldt Network

Students of Bogazici University protest in Istanbul

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Silent Night

The Corona pandemic forces us all to keep our distance and robs us of things that define what we are: human closeness and social interaction. German Chancellor Fellow Diana Raiselis is working on sustainable concepts for reviving nighttime culture.

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This was 2020

An exceptional year with exceptional challenges comes to an end. Our Best of Videos 2020 will get you an idea of what has been going on in the last year.

2021 loading: our favourite video from 2020

Pressemitteilungen

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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.

Press release

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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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.

@AvHStiftung

"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

@AvHStiftung

Your research is important! Let everyone know about it. Apply now for our SUMMER SCHOOL COMMUNICATING SCIENCE to optimize your #scicomm skills. Extended deadline: February 14th. It’s free and open to young researchers throughout Europe.
 

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A highly efficient supercapacitor challenges batteries: A collaboration between Humboldtian Jayaramulu Kolleboyina and his host Roland Fischer led to the development of a new powerful and sustainable graphene hybrid material.

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"The battle to define the direction of society will continue": What will the outcome of the presidential Election 2020 mean for science and international cooperation? Personal thoughts by Cathleen Fisher, President of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Everybody Dance Now... Humboldtian Ananya Jahanara Kabir tells the story of how – and why – a dance video from Angola became a global phenomenon. JerusalemaDanceChallenge

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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

German Research Chair “Mathematics and its Applications” at AIMS Ghana

The research chair will receive funding of up to 835,000 euros for initially six years. Mathematicians holding a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Deadline: 1 June 2021

Publications in the Humboldt Network

Artificial intelligence helps to identify diseases: Daniel Rückert is a Humboldt Professor for AI

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