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The Foundation as an employer

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Human Resources
Jean-Paul-Straße 12
53173 Bonn

Who we are

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit foundation established under private law by the Federal Republic of Germany. It sponsors international exchange amongst researchers, financed by the German government. We – that is some 240 staff in our headquarters in Bonn and our foundation office in Berlin as well as over 30,000 Humboldtians (the Humboldt Foundation’s fellows and award winners) in more than 140 countries, including 57 Nobel laureates.

Job Opportunities 

We are looking for you

Are you looking for an interesting, varied job in an internationally recognised environment? Apply to the Humboldt Foundation! Search for current vacancies on our job opportunities (in German only) page. If you would like us to keep you updated on job vacancies, you can register for our job opportunity emails.

The Humboldt Foundation promotes diversity in the workplace and thus welcomes all applications irrespective of ethnic, cultural or social background, age, religion, beliefs, disability or sexual identity.

What we expect from our team

Personal skills


Social skills

Ability to communicate
Negotiation skills
Ability to handle conflict
Ability to work in a team

Methodical skills Problem-solving skills
Leadership skills

Delegation skills
Supporting and developing employees
Leading teams
Target-setting and planning skills


Personal skills

Willingness to learn

Social skills

Ability to communicate
Ability to work in a team

Methodical skills

Problem-solving skills
Self- and time management
Ability to implement ideas

How to apply

At the end of every job posting on the job opportunities page you will find a link to the online application form. You will be able to retrieve your application or add attachments at any time. Specific information is included in the form itself.

You will receive a short email confirming that we have received your application. If you are shortlisted for a position, we will send you an invitation by email. At the Humboldt Foundation, all applications are subject to a standardised selection process which means we can guarantee that candidates are selected professionally and carefully.

In exceptional cases, you may send your application by post. If you do so, please quote the exact position as advertised and include a declaration of consent on the electronic processing of your data. This is the only way we can file your application correctly and proceed with processing.

What we offer you

Work in the Humboldt Foundation is diverse and challenging. We use a process-oriented approach and have been certified accordingly. Moreover, we pay our staff according to the current version of the collective agreement for public service employees in the federal administration. You can also expect additional benefits such as a job ticket for concessionary travel on public transport and an occupational pension scheme. Visit employment conditions (PDF, in German only) for an overview of all benefits.

Work-family balance

The Humboldt Foundation pursues a staffing policy that takes account of the various stages of (family) life. For instance, we offer flexible working hours and many different options for (situation-based) teleworking. Our efforts were endorsed by the award of the certificate “audit berufundfamilie” (work and family audit) in 2019. Visit the brief outline (PDF, in German only) information on the certificate and our approach.

Occupational health management

We have developed an extensive occupational health management for our staff. In 2018, we were consequently granted the “Healthy Workforce” certificate by the Corporate Health Initiative, the leading quality initiative for sustainable occupational health management in the German-speaking countries.