Participation in Specialist Conferences in Germany

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Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Abteilung Förderung und Netzwerk
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn



The budget cuts announced for 2024 will have a significant impact on the alumni sponsorship programmes of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. We ask for your understanding that not all applications can be approved. A renewed research stay is generally possible three years after completion of the initial funding at the earliest. When making its decision, the Foundation also takes particular account of any alumni sponsorships granted to date and the applicant's career phase.

The cuts will have no effect on applications from crisis regions.


Alumni may apply for conference allowances to help them attend academic conferences in Germany if they play an active part in these conferences, for example by delivering lectures/posters etc. They are usually eligible to apply for conference allowances at least three years after they have completed their first research stay and returned abroad.

Once all the relevant documents have been received, processing takes about a month. Retrospective approval is not possible. Travel expenses cannot be paid.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • completed application form;
  • list of publications during the last five years;
  • a conference programme, indicating participation fees and duration of the conference;
  • confirmation of acceptance of lecture (such as posters etc.);
  • details of financial contributions from third parties, if applicable.

Online application

If you are a Humboldtian and would like to submit an application, please log in first. You will be given access to an online form which has been partially filled in with your personal details. You can then complete and submit this form. In your personal area "My Humboldt" you can access and continue processing saved online applications at any time.