Collaborative Partnerships in the Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation cooperates with various partners in the context of the Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme. Together with public and private funders it seeks to recruit highly-qualified scientists and scholars for a research stay in Germany. Over and above the established sponsorship deriving from government funding, the Foundation is now able to access additional financial resources provided by public science organisations, foundations and private companies to respond appropriately to the number of outstanding applications which has been growing for many years.

In the programmes involving private collaborative partners, selection and sponsorship are handled according to the Humboldt Foundation’s established procedures and regulations for the Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme. Fellows conduct a research project they have chosen themselves together with an academic host in Germany. They become Humboldtians and thus members of the Humboldt Network, benefiting from the prestige enjoyed by the Humboldt Foundation. Even after the initial research stay, the sponsorship activities for alumni offer flexible support for fellows’ individual career paths and development. In many cases, the fellowships funded by private collaborative partners include additional opportunities such as visits to these partners, invitations to events and access to contacts within the partners’ own networks.

Application procedures are identical for everyone applying for a Humboldt Research Fellowship. Applicants interested in receiving sponsorship deriving from one of the collaborative partners named below must sign the relevant declaration of consent on the application form. The Foundation will inform applicants whether they will receive a fellowship funded by a collaborative programme when sponsorship decisions are announced.

Currently, the Humboldt Foundation cooperates with the following partners in the Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme:

  • BASF
  • Bayer Science & Education Foundation
  • Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation
  • Joachim Herz Stiftung
  • Stiftung Charité


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
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53173 Bonn

Phone: 0228-833 0
Fax: 0228-833 199

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