Newsletter 4/2014

Dear readers,

The humanities currently dominate the news from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Two of the three high-calibre researchers who were recently selected to receive an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in 2015 are humanities scholars. And researchers who investigate change in religion are being sought for the Max Planck Research Award.

The eight Anneliese Maier Research Award winners who were recently honoured also demonstrate how diverse the range of topics in these fields can be. Using this award, the Humboldt Foundation promotes the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences. These kinds of initiatives appear to be right in light with Italian philosopher Angelo Bolaffi’s thinking. In an interview, the Humboldtian argues that intellectuals should share information and ideas not only more, but also across borders.

We wish you an enjoyable read!

Coming to Germany with an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

A museologist and a specialist in Ancient Near Eastern History from Great Britain and a mathematician from France have been selected for Germany’s best-endowed international research award, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. more ...

  • Leading ancient history specialists in Bonn

    Some 150 international classical scholars and junior researchers from throughout Germany met to discuss the subject of “ruling power in ancient times” at the 4th Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum held from 8 to 12 October. more ...

  • Internationally mobile in the humanities and social sciences

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s 2014 Anneliese Maier Research Awards for humanities scholars and social scientists have been officially granted. Peter Greisler, head of directorate in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, presented the awards to this year’s winners at a special ceremony in Hamburg. more ...

  • We need to talk

    There was a time when he thought Germans were narrow-minded; today, the Italian philosopher Angelo Bolaffi revels in Berlin’s dolce vita and praises Germany for its role in Europe. A conversation about the reputation of the Germans in the eyes of their neighbours, the failure of European intellectuals and prejudices born of silence. more ...

  • 2015 Max Planck Research Award announced

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society have issued a call for nominations in the humanities and social sciences for their joint research award for the year 2015. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2015. more ...

  • More than 100,000 members using the Alumniportal Deutschland

    The Alumniportal has reached the 100,000 mark: On 28 August, the 100,000th individual registered to become a member of the social network for Germany Alumni. Congratulations! more ...

  • Georg Forster Research Award: Nominations being received until 15 January

    The Georg Forster Research Award sponsors on a targeted basis leading researchers from developing and transition countries who have achieved international visibility through their research to date.
    The current call for nominations is open until 15 January 2015. more ...

  • Cooperation with Taiwan extended

    Memorandum of Understanding between the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Ministry of Science and Technology enables research stays in Taiwan. more ...

  • Call for applications for International Climate Protection Fellowships

    For what is now the sixth time, the Humboldt Foundation is inviting applications for International Climate Protection Fellowships to promote prospective leaders from transition and developing countries. Applications may be submitted from now until 15 March 2015. more ...