Humboldt Research Fellowship

Information for hosts

Any active scientist or scholar at a research institution in Germany can become a host. To cover any additional costs your institution may incur, you will receive an allowance for research costs of €800 per month for a visiting researcher in the fields of natural science and engineering, or €500 per month for humanities scholars.

What are my tasks during the application phase?

  • The applicant should provide you with the following documents in good time before submitting an application to the Humboldt Foundation:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Key publications
    • Research outline
    • Names of expert reviewers
  • The research outline must be agreed with you prior to applying. It should show the applicant’s creative potential and the innovative idea of the planned research. Requirements from the Humboldt Foundation for the applicants are the following:
    • The current state of research should first be briefly described and be supported by approximately five relevant publications from the research area (one page max.).
    • Clear description of the research questions to be examined, their originality and significance for the advancement of the research field
    • Clear description of the academic methods to be used to achieve these goals, documented by references where necessary
    • The research outline should comprise approximately five pages in all. A research outline that has not been sufficiently agreed in terms of content or methodology will generally result in rejection of the application.
  • Alongside their academic background, the quality of the key publications selected by the applicants and their future prospects, the originality of the research outline is an important aspect on which the independent peer reviewers and the Selection Committee will base their assessment of the application. It is therefore of particular importance that the research outline is independently drawn up by the applicant and not wholly or partially specified by you as the host.
  • Once you have checked the documents and agreed upon the research outline with the applicant, please prepare a statement using the list of questions for the host’s statement and upload it to the application along with the signed confirmation of research facilities and support in a secure area. The applicant will send you the link to this area by email.
  • If the applicant wishes to undertake his or her research stay at two different host institutions, a separate statement as well as the confirmation of research facilities and support will be required from each host institution. When both hosts work at the same institute, only one confirmation of research facilities and support is needed. However, both hosts must sign and upload the (joint) statement and the data protection statement.

Please note that the applicant will only be able to submit his/her application as soon as the complete application documents including your statement and the signed confirmation of research facilities have been uploaded. We therefore recommend that you upload your documents as soon as possible to the application after having been informed by the applicant.

What happens after I have uploaded my statement and my confirmation of research facilities and support?

  • As soon as the applicant’s complete application package including your statement and confirmation of research facilities and support have been received by the Humboldt Foundation, all documents will be subject to an external review procedure. Your statement will, of course, be treated confidentially by the Humboldt Foundation and its Selection Committee.
  • The Humboldt Foundation will notify you and the applicant of the proposed selection date. You can also find general information on the selection procedure in the timeline.
  • After the Selection Committee meeting, both you and the applicant will receive e-mail notification of the outcome as soon as possible. In case of a rejection, the applicant may send an informal email requesting feedback to be sent to him/her and to you on the reasons for the rejection. This will usually follow approximately four to six weeks after the selection committee meeting. We should be grateful if you would wait until you have received this letter before contacting headquarters with any queries.

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. The Rules of Good Scientific Practice must also be observed.