Evaluation of the Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme (2011)

Alle Evaluationen von Förderprogrammen der Humboldt-Stiftung 

Humboldt Research Fellowships offer scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own choice in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany. By sponsoring international research collaborations the Humboldt Foundation aims to gain the “best minds” for Germany as a location for research and to build and develop an enduring, world-spanning network of elites.

The results of the evaluation, which employed various methods including a representative survey of research fellows and their hosts in Germany, endorse the focus of the Research Fellowship Programme and confirm that it achieves its objectives: Research stays are academically productive and provide a solid basis for scientific qualification and further cooperation. The majority of hosts and fellows maintain the academic contacts they have made during their stay in Germany; collaborations often go beyond the boundaries of the host institute and include other Humboldtians, too.

Today, many alumni hold leading positions all over the world, especially in academia and research, but also in politics, culture and business. On the basis of sustaining contacts and sponsoring its alumni the Humboldt Foundation fosters a worldwide network that is accessed by German science and research institutions and used for international science and cultural policy purposes.

These are just some of the results that have emerged from evaluating the Research Fellowship Programme, and they have produced recommendations for the continued development and optimisation of the programme. The complete report as well as a summary of results and recommendations can be downloaded.