Humboldt Geography of Knowledge

Germany

2,000

Research stays in Germany annually

 
Germany

800

Awards and fellowships annually

Germany

60

Worldwide conferences and meetings annually

Germany

29,000

Humboldtians worldwide

Alumni in over 140 countries

55 Nobel Prize winners

111 Humboldt Alumni Associations worldwide

 

Exzellenz verbindet: The Humboldt Network is a network of cooperation and trust. More than 29,000 Humboldtians in over 140 countries share the experience of a research stay in Germany. In accordance with its motto “Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian”, they are ambassadors for Germany as a research destination throughout the world. Every year, independent selection committees choose the new members of the network. The most important criterion is the candidate’s academic excellence. There are no quotas for countries or subjects. This is how the unique Humboldt Geography of Knowledge that continually develops and changes has evolved since the Foundation was established in 1953.

The world maps and graphs deliver up-to-date information on the Foundation, which you are encouraged to explore. From where does the Foundation recruit new Humboldtians? Where do Humboldtians work today? The data provide answers at the level of countries, regions and institutions.

In which countries and regions are Humboldtians based worldwide?

Which universities and research institutions have a particularly high number of Humboldtians?

From which countries did successful applicants and nominees mostly come in the last five years?

From which institutions did successful applicants and nominees mostly come in the last five years?

Where are Humboldians based?
Regions at a glance:

United States

Europe

Africa

People’s Republic of China

How to Read the Humboldt Geography of Knowledge

“In which countries and regions are Humboldtians based worldwide? Which universities and research institutions have a particularly high number of Humboldtians?”

The figures are retrieved from the correspondence addresses of more than 29,000 active Humboldtians as held by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on 19 February 2019. The institutional data is retrieved from the Humboldtians’ valid business addresses in the respective country of correspondence on this date. Each Humboldtian is recorded only at one address.

Example: In February 2019, the Foundation’s database recorded 5,091 Humboldtians whose correspondence address was in the United States. Of these, 127 Humboldtians had a business address at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please note: Humboldtians are very mobile and, although the Foundation seeks to maintain contact continuously, the personal data in the database may not always be fully up to date. Likewise, institutions evolve, new institutions emerge, others fuse or change their names. In its statistics, the Foundation aspires to present quality data for the most important academic institutions. With regard to other institutions, particularly in the non-academic sector, the institutional data tend to reflect the status at the time they were collected.

We are grateful for your support in maintaining our data: Please contact us if you have any suggestions or questions (info@avh.de). We should like to ask all Humboldtians to update their contact details whenever necessary, either via the Foundation’s service portal or by e-mail (info@avh.de).

“From which countries did successful applicants and nominees mostly come in the last five years? From which institutions did successful applicants and nominees mostly come in the last five years?”

The figures are retrieved from the positive selection decisions taken in all the Foundation’s fellowship and award programmes during the selection period 2014 to 2018. The institutional data records the institutional affiliation of successful candidates/nominees at the time of application/nomination. The country is derived from this institution. In cases in which the applicant is already working at the host institute at the time of application, the data is retrieved from her/his previous institutional affiliation.

Example: In the selection period 2014 to 2018, 673 successful applicants and nominees were based at institutions in the United States at the time of application/nomination. Of these, 24 successful applicants and nominees were based at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please note: The data derived from successful candidates’ institutional affiliation at the time of application/nomination differs from the data used in the Foundation’s statistics in the Annual Report. The latter draws on the country where the candidates’ (actual or presumptive long-term) academic activity is primarily based. A post-doctoral researcher from France who holds her first postdoctoral position at ETH Zurich at the time of application is recorded in the Annual Report as an applicant from France. By contrast, the Humboldt Geography records her institutional affiliation at the time of application – ETH Zurich – and assigns it to Switzerland.

If your country or institution is not one of the countries or institutions that recorded particularly large numbers of successful applicants and nominees in the selection period 2014 to 2018, this is certainly not a reason to refrain from submitting applications or nominations. The Humboldt Foundation’s sponsorship programmes are open to researchers from all countries and disciplines. There are no quotas, neither for countries and subjects, nor, of course, for institutions. People all over the world produce outstanding personal achievements. What counts at the Foundation is each individual’s talent.

Note on cartographic material

The maps depict continents and regions according to the statistical standards of the United Nations (M49). In some cases, these differ from the classification of countries used by the Foundation. This assignment does not imply any assumption regarding political or other affiliation.