2021 Humboldt Alumni Awards presented – Applications for the 2022 awards now possible

This year’s awards for the best networking initiatives developed by Humboldtians are going to Argentina, Bulgaria, Nigeria, the Czech Republic and Uzbekistan. Applications for the 2022 Humboldt Alumni Awards are being accepted through 30 November 2021.

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More about the winning networking initiatives
Portraits Rodrigo Gastón Gibilisco, Dilyana Boteva-Boyanova, Oluwatoyin Odeku, Michal Kolár, Dilnoza Duturaeva
Rodrigo Gastón Gibilisco, Dilyana Boteva-Boyanova, Oluwatoyin Odeku, Michal Kolár, Dilnoza Duturaeva
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For the thirteenth time now, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has granted Humboldt Alumni Awards to single out Humboldtians abroad for innovative networking ideas. The award-winning initiatives are forging new paths for deepening academic and cultural ties between Germany and the individual alumni’s home country and strengthening alumni networks.

This year's awards went to a campaign to improve air quality in Tucumán, Argentina; an international project organised by a Bulgarian alumna to fight the spread of counterfeit antique coins; a network for mentoring young female researchers and female students in Nigeria, an initiative to foster a modern academic culture in the Czech Republic and a network for female researchers in the field of human sciences in Uzbekistan.

Short portraits of the Humboldtians, who will each receive up to 30,000 euros in funding for the development of their network initiatives, can be found here.

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Application to the Humboldt Alumni Award

Virtual award ceremony

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humboldt Alumni Awards could not be presented in person at the Annual Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The winners were profiled and honoured on 23 June - with the help of video clips - as part of the opening ceremony for the virtual annual meeting.

Interested Humboldt alumni have until 30 November 2021 to apply for a 2022 Humboldt Alumni Award. The award comes with up to €30,000 for establishing the networking initiatives. This funding is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office. 

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