26 November 2018, No. 31/2018

Humboldt Foundation and the Munich-based Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation continue collaboration

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is receiving a total of €25 million from the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation for additional research fellowships, awards and fellowship supplements for the years up to 2024.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation are extending their collaboration. For this purpose, the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation will make €2.5 million a year available for another five years. The additional funding will go to joint research fellowships, awards and fellowship supplements for scientists and scholars who research in the greater Munich area. All in all, the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation is providing a total of €25 million in funding until 2024 to support the work of the Humboldt Foundation.

Since 2015, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards Carl Friedrich von Siemens Fellowships to foster international scientists who aspire to a research stay in the Greater Munich area. Winners of a Humboldt Foundation Research Award who collaborate with host institutes in Munich or the surrounding area are granted a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, each of which comes with €65,000 in funding. The fellows and award winners are selected, along with applicants for a regular Humboldt Research Fellowship or a regular Humboldt Research Award, solely on the basis of quality criteria and without any restrictions being placed on the choice of topic or the applicant’s country of origin.

In addition, all Humboldt Research Fellows who conduct research in the Greater Munich area receive a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Fellowship Supplement in the amount of €350 per month. The Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation and the Humboldt Foundation grant the supplements in response to the cost of living in Munich and its surroundings which is particularly high compared to the rest of the country.

“Thanks to its scientific lecture programme in Munich which draws 8,000 to 9,000 guests each year and through the fellowships it has awarded for a quarter of a century now, the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation has connections to scientists throughout the world”, said Heinrich Meier, Director of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation. “These connections have been deepened and expanded through our collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which began back in 2015. Our joint funding programme will additionally benefit several hundred researchers from abroad in the years to 2024.”

“Our collaboration with the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation has definitely been a stroke of luck for us”, said Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation. “The additional funding gives us more opportunities to do justice to the many excellent applications and nominations for our research fellowships and awards and grant additional sponsorships and funding.”

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Laureates.

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