Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

Information for hosts

Can I become a host?

You can become a host if you are working at a university or research institution outside of Germany and fall into one of the following categories:

  • any researcher sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation
  • anyone who has already hosted a researcher sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation
  • all current and former members of the Humboldt Foundation’s selection committees
  • anyone who has taken part in a Frontiers of Research Symposium organised by the Humboldt Foundation
  • any researcher who has been granted a specified research award.

If you do fall into one of these categories and have agreed to your personal details being published, potential applicants will be able to find you by searching for a Lynen host. You can update your personal details as they appear in the search here at any time.

As a host, what is expected of me?

In order to be successful, candidates need a confirmation that research facilities can be made available signed by you as well as your confidential statement. Furthermore, as a matter of principle, the Humboldt Foundation seeks to involve the host institution in financing the fellowship by providing approximately one third of the fellowship amount. However, in the case of hosts in developing and transition countries as well as certain other countries (see list of countries) the Foundation waives the requirement to contribute financially. Moreover, in countries that have demonstrable difficulties in raising the necessary funding, it may be possible to find individual solutions.

When preparing my statement, what points should I consider?

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors people, not projects. Your statement should, therefore, focus on the candidate’s creative and innovative potential. Apart from her/his academic record and prospects for the future, the quality of the candidate’s selected key publications and the originality of the research proposal are important aspects on which the independent peer reviewers and the Selection Committee will base their assessment of the application.

Your statement must demonstrate clearly that the candidate has drawn up the main contents independently and agreed upon them with you. Any contents that you, the host, have contributed must be attributed accordingly.

Once you have received the necessary documents from the applicant (CV, key publications and the names of expert reviewers) and agreed upon the research proposal, please refer to the list of questions to prepare your statement. It should be sent together with the signed mentoring agreement (appendix to the list of questions) at the earliest opportunity to:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Selection Department,
Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn,
Fax: 0228-833 212, Email: info(at)avh.de

The Humboldt Foundation will, of course, treat your statement confidentially.

What happens once the Humboldt Foundation has received the complete application package?

As soon as the Humboldt Foundation has received your statement and confirmation that research facilities can be made available as well as the rest of the application documents they will be channelled into an external review process. The Humboldt Foundation will inform you and the candidate of the proposed selection date. For more general information on the selection procedure please see the overview of the selection procedure.

After the selection committee meeting you will be notified of the result by email as soon as possible. Should the application be rejected, if the candidate wishes, you will both receive an additional communication about four to six weeks later detailing the reasons for the negative decision. Please wait until you have received this letter before contacting headquarters with any queries.

Further information

In your role as academic host integrating the guest researcher into your working group, you undertake to observe both the principles of scientific ethics and the regulations to prevent the transfer of armaments-related technology as well as to pay heed to the danger of any other illegal or undesirable transfer of knowledge. Furthermore, the Rules of Good Scientific Practice must be observed.