Coronavirus-Pandemic: FAQ

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
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The Foundation’s fellowship payments are not in danger. You will continue to receive your monthly fellowship amount even if your host university has shut down or other restrictions have been placed on your research by official rulings. In this case, the Foundation encourages all fellows to continue their research from home.

 

Fellows who cannot leave the country due to travel restrictions or other official rulings at home or abroad and who are therefore forced to remain in Germany until further notice, can count on support from the Foundation. If this happens to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

 

Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot continue to support you indefinitely if you interrupt your research stay. If fellows have to break off their stay prematurely and leave Germany due to travel restrictions or other official rulings at home or abroad, they will be eligible to receive support for a short transition period (month of departure and, if necessary, one following month).

You may resume your research fellowship in Germany by submitting an informal application as soon as it becomes possible to return to your host institute.

Fellows who would like to continue their research from home after leaving Germany due to the pandemic may be eligible for continued funding under certain circumstances.

If this applies to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

The Foundation advises all fellows whose research has been impacted by the current situation initially to make full use of the opportunities for extending the research fellowship described in the “Guidelines and Information for Research Fellows” (Chapters A.1.4 and A.3.6.3).

If these options are not, or no longer, available you can submit an application to extend your fellowship for up to three months under pandemic-related special regulations. If this applies to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many international travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

The Foundation appeals to all sponsorship recipients to carefully check the information available for their home country or country of residence, to monitor developments and potential regulations regarding behaviour after arriving in Germany (keyword: quarantine). Information is available from the German embassies and consulates in your home country or country of residence. The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides information on the regulations that are generally in force (www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus). Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot make statements on whether an individual will be allowed to enter the country. The information issued by the German authorities prevails.

If your entry to Germany is possible, you can start your research stay as planned. This also holds true for language fellowships.

If you are unable to enter Germany, or if other pandemic-related reasons speak against entering the country, you can initially begin your research fellowship in the framework of pandemic-related special regulations in the country in which you are staying, provided that a) you do not pursue any additional full-time work, b) you can conduct your research from home in the country in which you are staying, c) your host is in agreement with remote cooperation and is able to involve you appropriately in joint research at the host institute. These pandemic-related special regulations also apply in principle to starting language fellowships. In order to utilise the special regulations for starting a research or language fellowship in the country in which you are staying you can submit an informal application.

If you are unable to conduct your research at the host institute, as planned, for an extended period and you have an alternative source of finance, the beginning of your fellowship can be postponed so that you can start at a later date.

Please inform your contact person at the Foundation about your plans at the earliest opportunity. You will then receive further information on how to proceed in your particular case.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many international travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

The Foundation appeals to all sponsorship recipients to carefully check the information available for their home country or country of residence, to monitor developments and potential regulations regarding behaviour after arriving in Germany (keyword: quarantine). Information is available from the German embassies and consulates in your home country or country of residence. The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides information on the regulations that are generally in force (www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus). Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot make statements on whether an individual will be allowed to enter the country. The information issued by the German authorities prevails.

If your entry to Germany is possible, you can start your research stay as planned.

You may consider postponing your stay, if this is useful and possible.

If you are unable to enter Germany and if it is not possible to postpone your stay, or if other pandemic-related reasons speak against entering the country, you can conduct the relevant phase of your research fellowship in the framework of pandemic-related special regulations in the country in which you are staying, provided that a) you do not pursue any additional full-time work, b) you can conduct your research from home in the country in which you are staying, c) your host is in agreement with remote cooperation and is able to involve you appropriately in joint research at the host institute. You can submit an informal application to utilise the special regulations.

Please inform your contact person at the Foundation about your plans at the earliest opportunity.

If you had intended to utilise the Foundation’s alumni sponsorship this year for a renewed research stay, you will find information in the section “I have a question about the Foundation’s alumni sponsorship”.

In the current situation, the Foundation requests all fellows to plan their stay carefully and factor in the possibility of changes in the general conditions when making reservations. If you are forced to postpone your stay due to the pandemic the Foundation expects you to take action as soon as possible in order to avoid cancellation fees. If you do incur unavoidable cancellation fees, which cannot be recouped from any other source, the Foundation will examine each case individually to assess whether it can cover part of the fees.

All fellows are kindly asked to demonstrate solidarity with regard to this offer and only apply for cancellation fees if they are in financial difficulties. In this context, the Foundation is thinking particularly of fellows from developing countries and emerging economies as well as postdocs who do not yet have a job with a regular income. If this applies to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

The Foundation’s fellowship payments are not in danger. You will continue to receive your monthly fellowship amount even if your host university has shut down or other restrictions have been placed on your research by official rulings. In this case, the Foundation encourages all fellows to continue their research from home.

Fellows who wish to interrupt their stay abroad due to the pandemic and return to Germany may continue their research (from home, if necessary) until such time as it is possible to return abroad. Please note that fellowship payments will not include the foreign allowance (Auslandszuschlag) while you are in Germany. A bridging period of up to three months until you can return to your host institute abroad will not count towards the originally approved length of the fellowship.

Should you find yourself in a position where it is not possible to do research at your host institute for an extended period, and should you have an alternative source of funding to support your cost of living, you may choose to interrupt the fellowship and resume your fellowship stay at a later stage.

Even if institutions in Germany are temporarily closed you may apply for a return fellowship and carry out your research from home.

The Foundation advises all fellows whose research has been impacted by the current situation initially to make full use of the opportunities for extending the research fellowship described in the “Guidelines and Information for Feodor Lynen Research Fellows” (Chapters A.1.4 and A.3.3).

If these options are not, or no longer, available you can submit an application to extend your fellowship for up to three months under pandemic-related special regulations. If this applies to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

Fellows who are unable to leave their host country at the end of their fellowship due to limited travel options or official rulings in the context of the pandemic are encouraged to turn to their contact person in the Foundation as early as possible.

 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

The Foundation appeals to all fellows to carefully check the information available for their host country (www.auswaertiges-amt.de). The information issued by the German authorities and authorities in the host countries prevails. Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot make statements on whether an individual will be allowed to enter the country.

If your entry to your host country is possible, you can start your research stay as planned, provided that you can do your research, if necessary from home.

If you are already abroad, you can start your research stay as planned, provided that you can do your academic work, if necessary, from home.

If you are unable to enter your host country, or if other pandemic-related reasons speak against entering the country, you can initially begin your research fellowship in the framework of pandemic-related special regulations in Germany or the country in which you are staying, provided that a) you do not pursue any additional full-time work, b) you can conduct your research from home, c) your host is in agreement with remote cooperation and is able to involve you appropriately in joint research at the host institute. Please note that fellowship payments in such a case will not include the foreign allowance (Auslandszuschlag).

A bridging period of up to three months in Germany until you can commence your research at your host institute abroad will not count towards the originally approved length of the fellowship.

If you are unable to conduct your research at the host institute, as planned, for an extended period and you have an alternative source of finance, the beginning of your fellowship can be postponed so that you can start at a later date. This also applies for experienced researchers planning several research stays over several years.

Please inform your contact person at the Foundation about your plans at the earliest opportunity. You will then receive further information on how to proceed in your particular case.

In the current situation, the Foundation requests all fellows to plan their stay carefully and factor in the possibility of changes in the general conditions when making reservations. If you are forced to postpone or interrupt your stay due to the pandemic the Foundation expects you to take action as soon as possible in order to avoid cancellation fees. If you do incur unavoidable cancellation fees, which cannot be recouped from any other source, the Foundation will examine each case individually to assess whether it can cover part of the fees.

All fellows are kindly asked to demonstrate solidarity with regard to this offer and only apply for cancellation fees if they are in financial difficulties. In this context, the Foundation is thinking particularly of postdocs who do not yet have a job with a regular income. If this applies to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

Your research award was granted to you in recognition of your academic achievements. The Foundation is realising payments of personal award money as planned. The instalments can be adjusted upon request, regardless of whether you continue to stay in Germany as an award winner or prefer to interrupt your stay and return to your home country.

If you have any questions regarding your award money or your stay, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation. This applies, in particular, in the event that you are unable to leave the country as planned due to travel restrictions or other official decisions in Germany or abroad or if you encounter other difficulties in the current situation.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many international travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

The Foundation appeals to all sponsorship recipients to carefully check the information available for their home country or country of residence, to monitor developments and potential regulations regarding behaviour after arriving in Germany (keyword: quarantine). Information is available from the German embassies and consulates in your home country or country of residence. The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides information on the regulations that are generally in force (www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus). Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot make statements on whether an individual will be allowed to enter the country. The information issued by the German authorities prevails.

If you can enter Germany, you may start on your research stay as planned. If you are unable to enter Germany, or if other pandemic-related reasons speak against entering the country, the Foundation recommends you to postpone your stay. This applies both to an initial stay in the context of a research award as well as to invitations for a renewed research stay in Germany.

Please keep your contact person at the Foundation updated on your plans.

In the current situation, the Foundation requests all fellows to plan their stay carefully and factor in the possibility of changes in the general conditions when making reservations. If you are forced to postpone your stay due to the pandemic the Foundation expects you to take action as soon as possible in order to avoid cancellation fees. If you do incur unavoidable cancellation fees, which cannot be recouped from any other source, the Foundation will examine each case individually to assess whether it can cover part of the fees.

All award winners are kindly asked to demonstrate solidarity with regard to this offer and only apply for cancellation fees if they are in financial difficulties. In this context, the Foundation is thinking particularly of award winners from developing countries and emerging economies. If this applies to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

During the sponsorship period so called „downtime costs“ caused by the coronavirus pandemic can be claimed. In this case we ask you to explain and document these costs in the report on the use of funds for 2020.

 

Should there be additional funding needs towards the end of the research or cooperation project (to compensate for cancellation costs, continued employment of staff members, extension of fellowships etc.) due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can apply for additional funds to complete your research or cooperation project at the end of the funding period.

As always, please reach out to your personal contact person at the Foundation if you have specific questions regarding your sponsorship in the current situation.

The Foundation advises all fellows whose project has been impacted by the current situation initially to make full use of the opportunities for extending the German Chancellor Fellowship described in the “Guidelines and Information for German Chancellor Fellows” (Chapters A.1.3 and A.3.5.3).

Should it become apparent that this extension period is not sufficient to complete the originally proposed project, you can submit an application to further extend your fellowship for up to three months under pandemic-related special regulations. If this applies to you, please turn to your contact at the Foundation.

Your German Chancellor Fellowship will begin on 1 October 2020 at the location of your host institute in Germany. The preparatory German course takes place from July to September as an online course in your home country. You will find further information on the schedule and necessary adjustments to programme events you in the award documents and in the supplement to the fellowship guidelines (PDF).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many international travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

We ask you to carefully check the information available for your home country or country of residence, and to monitor developments and potential regulations regarding behaviour after arriving in Germany (keyword: quarantine). Information is available from the German embassies and consulates in your home country or country of residence. The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides information on the regulations that are generally in force (www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus). Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot make statements on whether an individual will be allowed to enter the country. The information issued by the German authorities prevails.

Should you not be able to enter Germany in October 2020 due to travel restrictions, or if other pandemic-related reasons speak against entering the country, you may initially begin your German Chancellor Fellowship in your home country or country of residence in the framework of pandemic-related special regulations, provided that you do not pursue any additional full-time work, that you can start your project remotely in the country in which you are staying, and that your host is in agreement with remote cooperation and is able to involve you appropriately in joint research or activities at the host institute. In order to utilise the special regulations to start your German Chancellor Fellowship in your home country or country of residence, you may send an informal application to the Foundation. Please get in touch with your contact person at the Foundation.

Fellows who cannot leave the country due to travel restrictions or other official rulings at home or abroad and who are therefore forced to remain in Germany until further notice, can count on support from the Foundation. If this happens to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

 

The Foundation advises all fellows whose projects have been impacted by the current situation initially to make full use of the opportunities for extending the International Climate Protection Fellowship described in the Guidelines and Information for International Climate Protection Fellows (PDF, chapters A.1.3 and A.3.5.3.2).

Should it become apparent that this extension period is not sufficient to complete the originally proposed project, you can submit an application to further extend your fellowship for up to three months under pandemic-related special regulations. If this applies to you, please turn to your contact person at the Foundation.

Your Climate Protection Fellowship will begin on 1 March 2021 at the location of your host institute in Germany. The preparatory German course takes place in January and February as an online course in your home country. You will find further information on the schedule and necessary adjustments to programme events in the award documents and the supplement to the fellowship guidelines (PDF)..

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many international travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

We ask you to carefully check the information available for your home country or country of residence, and to monitor developments and potential regulations regarding behaviour after arriving in Germany (keyword: quarantine). Information is available from the German embassies and consulates in your home  home country or country of residence. The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides information on the regulations that are generally in force (www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus). Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot make statements on whether an individual will be allowed to enter the country. The information issued by the German authorities prevails.

Should you not be able to enter Germany in March 2021 due to travel restrictions or should other pandemic-related reasons speak against entering the country, you may initially begin your International Climate Protection Fellowship in your home country or country of residence in the framework of pandemic-related special regulations, provided that you do not pursue any additional full-time work, that you can start your project remotely in the country in which you are staying, and that your host is in agreement with remote cooperation and is able to involve you appropriately in joint research or activities at the host institute. In order to utilise the special regulations to start your International Climate Protection Fellowship in your home country or country of residence, you may send an informal application to the Foundation. Please get in touch with your contact person at the Foundation.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many international travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

The Foundation appeals to all alumni, who had planned a research stay in the near future, to carefully check the information available for their home country or country of residence on entering Germany, to monitor developments and potential regulations regarding behaviour after arriving in Germany (keyword: quarantine). Information is available from the German embassies and consulates in your home country or country of residence. The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides information on the regulations generally in force (www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus).

For alumni who have already received approval from the Foundation to sponsor a renewed research stay, the following applies: If you can enter Germany, you can begin your research stay as planned. If you are unable to enter Germany, or if other pandemic-related reasons speak against entering the country, the Foundation recommends you  to postpone your stay. This applies to alumni of the fellowship programmes as well as to award winners. Alumni of the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship Programme who had planned a renewed research stay abroad are requested to additionally consult the information provided by the Federal Foreign Office on the currently valid regulations in the respective host countries. Please keep your contact person at the Foundation informed about your plans.

For alumni who had applied for sponsorship for a renewed research stay before the pandemic began but have not received notification from the Foundation on the outcome of the application, the following applies: The Foundation is deferring decisions on applications that had not been finalised until the travel regulations for the applicant’s home country or country of residence (or host country in the case of the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship Programme) allow the planned stay to be undertaken. Only then will the Foundation contact the applicant once again. When the travel regulations pertaining to your home country or country of residence mean the stay can go ahead, you can reactivate your application by approaching your contact person at the Foundation.

Alumni who have been asked to submit a new application when circumstances allow for a renewed research stay to be undertaken are requested to wait until the travel regulations for their own countries or countries of residence allow entry once again. When this happens, the application can be submitted and processed by the Foundation.

Please also see: “I would like to apply for sponsorship for a renewed research stay. Is this possible?”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many international travel restrictions have been introduced that may change at any time.

The Foundation asks for your understanding that, in the current situation, applications for sponsorship for a renewed research stay will only be processed once the travel regulations for your respective home country or country of residence allow entry to Germany, hence once a renewed research stay can be planned reliably and can be undertaken. We therefore request that alumni, if at all possible, wait with their applications until this time has come. Thank you for your understanding.

The Foundation kindly asks that, before applying,  all alumni carefully check the information available for their home country or country of residence on entering Germany, and to monitor developments and potential regulations regarding behaviour after arriving in Germany (keyword: quarantine). Information is available from the German embassies and consulates in your home country or country of residence. The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides information on the regulations generally in force (www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus).

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