Call for submissions for Humboldt Alumni Awards ˗ Special awards for communication and for networking female researchers

Every year, the best ideas for a vibrant network of Humboldtians are singled out to receive a Humboldt Alumni Award.

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Federal chancellor Merkel presented the Humboldt Alumni Awards 2019 at the Annual Meeting in Berlin. From left to right: Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, Hiroki Harada, Roger Ianjamasimanana, Rayner Núñez, Christa Rautenbach, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Alexandra Yurkovskaya, Abdullahi Yusuf, Kathrin Zippel, Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Humboldt Foundation (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Jens Jeske)

The Humboldt Alumni Awards single out initiatives whose innovative concepts deepen the ties between Germany and the home countries of Humboldt alumni while strengthening scientific networks.

A special award will be presented for networking ideas that promote dialogue between the research community and society. The ideas are supposed to help boost the public’s confidence in scientific findings and make the importance of research for society visible.

Another award is for innovations to promote networking among female scientists. These innovations are to help win over more female researchers for the Humboldt Foundation’s programmes.

Up to €30,000 in seed capital for network initiatives

Each Humboldt Alumni Award comes with up to €30,000. Up to five prizes are awarded. Humboldtians have until 30 November 2019 to make submissions for the 2020 Humboldt Alumni Award. The award money for developing the winning network initiatives is financed with funding provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Ideas from five countries selected

During the last round Humboldtians from Cuba, Japan, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the USA were selected to receive a Humboldt Alumni Award. The winners launched initiatives which, for example, promote gender equality among executives in the university management field or conduct virtual workshops on the loss of insect species. Initiatives revolving around legal issues, spin technology and cross-disciplinary networks were also chosen for the award.

Further information regarding the winning initiatives can be accessed through the portal of the Humboldt Alumni Award winners


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