Winners chosen for 2017 Humboldt Alumni Awards – new call for applications open

Awards for the best network initiatives by Humboldtians this year went to Turkey, Canada, Belarus, Nigeria and Greece. Applications for the 2018 Humboldt Alumni Award can be submitted until 30 November 2017.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation conferred its Humboldt Alumni Awards on 28 June at the Foundation's Annual Meeting. This year's awards went to Humboldtians from Turkey, Canada, Belarus, Nigeria and Greece. The winning initiatives include a mentoring programme for Turkish female scientists, a network dedicated to protecting nature, a platform for sharing information on intelligent, sustainable and affordable forms of energy, a network to study proverbs and postproverbials in African languages, and an interdisciplinary network for linguistic research and theory. The initiatives will break new ground to further develop long-term academic and cultural ties between Germany and the native countries of the individual Humboldt Alumni and to strengthen the alumni networks in these countries.

Award Ceremony Humboldt Alumni Awards 2017 (from left to right): Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation, Bertus De Villiers, Victoria Ellen Flood, Tomas Torsvik, husband of Irina Didenkulova, who accepted the award on her behalf, Irina Podgorny, Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation).
Award Ceremony of the Humboldt Alumni Awards 2017 (from left to right): General Secretary of the Humboldt Foundation Enno Aufderheide, Sergei Levchenko, Athina Sioupi, Matthias Fritsch, Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, Handan Arkin Olğar, president of the Humboldt Foundation Helmut Schwarz.
Photo: Humboldt Foundation/David Ausserhofer

As the winning initiatives show, Humboldtians everywhere around the world are involved in society. The Humboldt Network is especially active in countries where relations between government and civil society are strained.

Applications for the next round of awards are already being accepted: alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation have until 30 November 2017 to submit an application for the 2018 Humboldt Alumni Award. Each award comes with up to €25,000. The award money is to be used to set up and develop the individual network initiative and is provided through funding from the Federal Foreign Office. 

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