Sponsorship of Renewed Research Stays in Germany

Information in the context of the coronavirus pandemic:

The Foundation is accepting applications for this alumni sponsorship measure again after a temporary pause due to lockdowns and travel restrictions. However, we will only process your application once the travel regulations for your respective home country or country of residence allow you to actually undertake the planned stay. We therefore kindly request alumni to wait with their applications until the respective restrictions have been lifted. This also applies to stays planned for 2021. We ask for your understanding.

For additional information on frequently asked questions in the context of the pandemic please visit our FAQ on this subject.

Alumni are eligible to apply for support for a renewed research stay in Germany after they have completed their initial research stay in Germany and returned abroad.

Short visit of up to 30 days

Short visits of up to 30 days can be used for taking an active part (lecture, posters, leading a working group) in international congresses in Germany, for lecture tours or informative visits, for making and nurturing academic contacts, or for short working visits to research institutes in Germany. A combination of these individual activities would be welcomed. Applications should include the following documents:

  • completed application form,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • list of publications during the last 5 years,
  • short description of activities planned,
  • invitations from academic colleagues from the institutes to be visited,
  • details of financial contributions from third parties, if applicable.

If participation in a congress is planned, a programme of the congress announcing the applicant’s own contribution (lecture/posters etc.) should also be included as well as information on conference fees.

Short visits are sponsored by providing a daily allowance and, in cases of active participation, reimbursement of conference fees. Travel expenses cannot be paid. Once all the relevant documents have been received, processing takes about a month. Retrospective approval is not possible.

Online application

Research stay of up to three months

A research stay of up to 3 months can be used either to continue or complete work which was started during the first research stay in Germany or to initiate new joint research outlines with specialist colleagues in Germany. Fellows are free to choose the academic host; competence should be the determining factor. Applications for a renewed research stay should include the following documents:

Applications should include the following documents:

  • completed application form,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • list of publications during the last five years,
  • research outline,
  • details of financial contributions from third parties, if applicable.

It is the responsibility of the alumni to ensure that the academic host provides a confidential statement as well as a confirmation of research facilities.

Once all the relevant documents have been received, the Humboldt Foundation will decide on the application, usually within 3 months. The decision on the application will be made on the basis of an assessment of the applicant’s academic qualifications and activities, the academic quality and relevance of the proposed research, as well as the significance of a further stay both academically and in foreign policy terms. The scale of sponsorship already granted, as well as the period of time elapsed since the last Humboldt Foundation sponsorship, will be taken into account.

A monthly research fellowship sum will be granted. Travel expenses for the journey to and from abroad are not usually reimbursed.

Online application

Further important details

  • Make sure that your application is submitted well ahead of your planned arrival. If you require a visa for your stay in Germany, make sure you obtain a visa in good time – also for your family – from the German Embassy.
  • Please discuss all details, including dates of your planned stay first with your academic host in Germany and send him/her your research plan and list of publications. After approval, your stay in Germany can be rescheduled only in exceptional cases.
  • Please compile your list of publications as follows:
    A) books, B) journals and contributions to books, C) published contributions to conferences, D) patents
  • If family members accompany fellows to Germany for at least three months, applications may be submitted to the Humboldt Foundation for benefits for families and for health insurance allowances.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Sponsorship and Network Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn