Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation website published at

As a public sector body within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/2102, we are working to make our website accessible in accordance with the provisions of the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (BGG) and the Accessible Information Technology Regulation (BITV 2.0) in order to implement Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

Compliance with requirements

The accessibility requirements are governed by Sections 3 (1–4) and 4 of BITV 2.0, adopted on the basis of Section 12d BGG.

Verification of compliance with the requirements is based on an assessment conducted by the Federal Monitoring Body for Accessibility of Information Technology on 29 April 2021 as part of a simplified check. The website is partially compliant with the requirements of BITV 2.0. The non-compliant areas are set out below.

Which parts are not fully accessible?

  • PDF downloads: we are working to replace PDF files that are not fully accessible with accessible versions.
  • Application and report forms: we are preparing a fundamental revision of all forms and aim to make these fully accessible.
  • Video subtitles: we are working to add subtitles to all available videos. If any are missing, automatically generated subtitles from YouTube are provided.
  • Alternative texts: some elements (especially photos) do not yet have alternative texts.

Creation of this accessibility statement

This accessibility statement was last updated on 13 September 2021.

Reporting accessibility issues

If you have any questions or feedback about our website, please send an email to webmaster[at] If you would like to notify us of an accessibility issue, please use the accessibility feedback form.

Arbitration procedure

If it is not possible for a satisfactory solution to be found even after you have sent feedback to the contact named above, you can contact the Arbitration Service in accordance with Section 16 of the BGG. The BGG Arbitration Service is responsible for supporting the out-of-court resolution of accessibility-related disputes between people with disabilities and federal public authorities. The arbitration procedure is free of charge. You do not need legal counsel. Further information about the arbitration procedure and submitting an application is available at:

You can contact the BGG Arbitration Service directly at info[at]