Promoting research alumni activities in Germany

Research alumni are international scientists and scholars who have spent time working on research in Germany as doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers or at a more advanced career stage before continuing their academic careers in other countries. They are ideal multipliers who can inform junior researchers in their specialist networks about the opportunities and potential for a research stay in Germany, and spark their enthusiasm.

Within the collaborative project "International Research Marketing" and building on decades of experience in alumni activities and networking, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has focused on promoting research alumni activities at universities and research institutions in Germany for several years. The Foundation organises workshops to facilitate an exchange of ideas between research alumni advisors on a regular basis and has been able to support universities and research institutions in developing and advancing their research alumni work through several rounds of the contest.

In the new rounds, which begin in April 2016, universities of applied science will be able to participate for the first time.

Institutions with a successful research alumni strategy



The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s activities are a constituent part of the collaborative project “International Research Marketing” which is a joint initiative by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

All the activities within the project are part of the “Promote Innovation and Research in Germany” initiative under its brand “Research in Germany”. The initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Current application round

Closing date: 26 August 2016
You can find additional information here.