Humboldt Foundation Scholarships & Fellowships

Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Fellowships:
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is targeted at university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience.  It addresses prospective decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture.  The fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, and to explore new solutions to the global issues of our times.  Send an application, if you
  • are a prospective leader from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience,
  • work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture,
  • would be interested in spending a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany.
Award Package
  • A monthly fellowship of € 2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications.
  • Individual mentoring during your stay in Germany.
  • Additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course.
  • A study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions.
  • Extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career.
Humboldt Research Fellowships:
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad to spend extended periods of research (6–24 months) in Germany.  Scientists and scholars from all disciplines and countries may apply.  Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.

Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers

Requirements for Postdoctoral Researchers

  1. Doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent), completed less than four years prior to the date of application. Candidates who have nearly completed their doctoral degrees are eligible to apply provided that they submit the manuscript of their dissertation or publications containing the results of their dissertation.
  2. Academic publications reviewed according to international standards and printed in journals and/or by publishing houses.
  3. Confirmation that research facilities are available and mentoring agreement and a detailed expert's report by an academic host at a research institution in Germany. Details of the research outline including information on the intended duration of the fellowship must be agreed with the intended host before applying.
  4. Expert reviews from the doctoral supervisor and one other academic qualified to give well-founded comments on the applicant's eligibility, preferably including a reviewer not working at the applicant's own institute.
  5. Language skills: scholars in the humanities or social sciences and physicians must have a good knowledge of German if it is necessary to carry out the research successfully; otherwise a good knowledge of English; scientists and engineers must have a good knowledge of German or English.
  6. Applications to continue a research stay already underway can only be considered in exceptional cases. The applicant may not have spent an extended period in Germany prior to application. Potential applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
  7. The Humboldt Foundation assumes that candidates will abide by the Rules of Good Scientific Practice and the ethical rules of the 7th EU Framework Programme during the application and sponsorship periods.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Requirements for Experienced Researchers

  1. Doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent), completed less than twelve years prior to the date of application. If it is not possible or customary to take a doctorate in the candidate's subject or country, applications may be submitted up to twelve years after commencing publication activity;
  2. The candidate's own research profile documented by a comprehensive list of academic publications reviewed according to international standards and printed in journals and/or by publishing houses;
  3. Confirmation that research facilities are available and mentoring agreement and a detailed expert's report by an academic host at a research institution in Germany; details of the research outline including information on the intended duration of the fellowship must be agreed with the intended host before applying;
  4. Two expert reviews from important collaborative partners and/or academics from the candidate's own institute and, if possible, from abroad;
  5. Language skills: scholars in the humanities or social sciences and physicians must have a good knowledge of German if it is necessary to carry out the research successfully; otherwise a good knowledge of English; scientists and engineers must have a good knowledge of German or English;
  6. Applications to continue a research stay already underway can only be considered in exceptional cases. The applicant may not have spent an extended period in Germany prior to application. Potential applicants who have been in Germany for more than six months at the time of application are not eligible to apply;
  7. The Humboldt Foundation assumes that candidates will abide by the Rules of Good Scientific Practice and the ethical rules of the 7th EU Framework Programme during the application and sponsorship periods.

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