Book Donations

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Sponsorship and Network Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn



Due to limited financial resources, we are unfortunately no longer accepting applications for book donations for 2024. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact sachmittel[at]

Particularly alumni from developing countries (current register of countries (PDF)) are eligible to apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for donations of academic literature (including e-books). Individual applications should not usually exceed €1,000. According to the guidelines of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation we can especially donate book titles from German authors or published by German publishers. The books donated will be given to the institutes of the alumni and are designated first and foremost for the fellows’ research work.

Applications by alumni from countries, which are not listed in the current register of countries, can be assessed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation only in duly substantiated exceptional cases. Substantial criteria for this case-by-case examination are the economic development of the country, the financial situation of the respective institution as well as the reasons given by the applicant, why it is not possible to finance the requested books from other sources. Alumni who want to apply for a book donation but whose application is subject to a case-by-case decision are requested to provide a statement regarding these three aspects based on our list of questions (PDF). This statement is then to be uploaded under No. 5 of the application form ("Additional documents").

Subscription costs for journals cannot be borne by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • completed application form;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • a list of the required books.

Funding: purchase and shipment of books.