Dear reader,

A year filled with challenges is coming to an end! A year in which the Humboldt Foundation once again showed how valuable international research funding is for our society: New Humboldt Professors will continue their leading-edge research work at German universities, the established Humboldt Professors for AI drafted recommendations for the German government for dealing with Artificial Intelligence, and experts from the research community and political sector discussed measures for rebuilding Ukraine’s science system.

Equipped with a new design and methodology, the Humboldt Rankings show which institutions are currently most attractive to international researchers. Particularly popular among the Humboldt Fellows are the universities in Berlin, Karlsruhe, Konstanz and Munich.

Also in this Newsletter: The Humboldt Network counts two new Nobel Laureates, everything you need to know about how we handle ‘dual-use’ in our sponsorship work, and the latest call for applications for the Humboldt Alumni Awards. Last but not least, we’d like to invite you to join us for the livestream of our #HumboldtConcert. We close with our warmest wishes for a happy December – and an entertaining read!

New Humboldt Rankings

Which German universities are most attractive to international researchers? In the current Humboldt Rankings, the top positions are held by the FU Berlin and the HU Berlin, followed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Konstanz and LMU München.

New Alexander von Humboldt Professors selected

Four researchers from abroad to receive Germany’s most valuable research award and make the move to Bielefeld, Dresden and Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Nobel Prizes for Humboldtians Pierre Agostini (Physics) and Alexei I. Ekimov (Chemistry)

We are delighted to welcome two new Nobel Prize winners to our Humboldt Network! The prize winners Ferenc Krausz and Moungi G. Bawendi are also part of the Humboldt Family as hosts for our fellows.

Humboldt Residency Programme 2023

Following the end of a six-week residency in Berlin and Brandenburg plus a virtual work phase, the members of the 2023 Residency Programme presented the projects they developed around the subject "Precious Resources".


How can the rebuilding of the Ukrainian science and research system succeed? During a series of #HUMBOLDT4UKRAINE events, researchers and experts from Ukraine and more than 20 other countries discussed much needed support measures.

Dual Use: handling security-relevant research

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Board of Trustees passed guidelines on handling security-relevant research in international research collaborations.

Humboldt Alumni Award

Every year, the Humboldt Foundation grants up to three awards to alumni abroad to promote innovative networking ideas they have developed. The awards recognise initiatives that chart new ways to strengthen academic and cultural ties between Germany and the recipients’ home countries. Apply now!

How Germany can become competitive in the international AI arena

Humboldt Professors for AI make seven recommendations to the German government. In addition to the issue of financing, they also focus on ensuring technological independence and building advisory structures.

Turning vocations into occupations – Mentoring Programme for Humboldt Alumni

Alumni of the Humboldt Foundation now have the opportunity to be advised by a member of the German Society of Humboldtians (DGH) when planning their careers.

For more exciting stories and news from the Humboldt Network, visit our Newsroom!

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