Return Fellowship

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


After successfully completing the initial stay sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, it is possible for Humboldt and Georg Forster Research Fellows to apply for a return fellowship to sponsor reintegration into an institute abroad.

Together with local partner organisations, the Humboldt Foundation has agreed to extend return sponsorship for certain countries. This sponsorship opportunity is currently available for fellows from Bulgaria and Romania.

To be eligible, Humboldt and Georg Forster Research Fellows must return to research institutions in the following countries:

Application for a return fellowship must be made no later than six months after completing the initial stay sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation in Germany, and the return fellowship be taken up no later than twelve months after completing the initial stay. Experienced researchers are only eligible to apply if the previous sponsorship period lasted at least six months.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • completed application form;
  • research outline with time schedule;
  • reference from the academic host in Germany;
  • a list of publications produced during the stay funded by the Humboldt foundation;
  • confirmation by the institution abroad that a workplace will be provided.

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.