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Dossier Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Humboldt Professorship Germany’s most valuable research award brings top international researchers to German universities. Here are some of them.

Tiffany Knight | Ecology

The ecologist Tiffany Knight explores biodiversity and biological invasion processes. more

Peter Dayan | Theoretical Neuroscience

Peter Dayan is a Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence and works at the intersection between the intelligence of living beings and machines. more

Margaret C. Crofoot | Biology

Margaret Crofoot investigates collective animal behaviour and movements, especially the development of complex societies, such as the group behaviour of apes. more

Till Bärnighausen | Epidemiology

The physician and epidemiologist Till Bärnighausen works in the field of global health research and is, amongst other things, a specialist in HIV research. more

Stefanie Petermichl | Mathematics

Stefanie Petermichl is a leading researcher in harmonic analysis, a branch of mathematics with wide-ranging application potential. more

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About the Humboldt Professorship

How many Humboldt Professorships are being awarded? What is the purpose of the award funds? Can Germans receive the award? Who can nominate candidates for the Humboldt Professorship? When are decisions made, negotiations conducted and awards granted?



Coming to Change: Humboldt Professors

Great flexibility, exemplary freedom of research and, last but not least, a vast amount of money: since 2008, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship has been attracting top international researchers to Germany.


Humboldt Professor Elisabeth Décultot

If you want to trace the history of knowledge transfer in the aesthetics of the 18th century, you need old books – and they exert a particular fascination on Elisabeth Décultot.


We Need Fearless Universities

A conversation with Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, on recruiting research luminaries and the benefits they bring German universities.

Multimedia report

Humboldt Professor Margaret Crofoot

The behavioural ecologist Margaret Crofoot describes her research methods and talks about her role as a model for women in science.

Brief Enquiries

Humboldt Professor Jochen Guck

The Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light emphasises: "In my experience, academia is the ideal environment for diversity. Research continuously scrutinises established patterns of thought."


Humboldt Professor Sharon Macdonald

“Museums are extremely important for our societies because that is where people decide which things will play a role in the future,” says British ethnologist Sharon Macdonald.