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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a renowned address for funding international research cooperation projects. Whether for postdoctoral researchers or internationally established scientists, the funding programmes of the Humboldt foundation create specific areas of research.

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports an active network of researchers around the world. Its unique feature is that it allows the funded researchers to freely choose their host research institution. The fellowship is especially aimed at postdoctoral and experienced researchers. There are no restrictions with regard to the applicant's country of origin. Researchers of all disciplines can apply.

Humboldt research fellowships for post-doctoral researchers

The Humboldt research fellowship enables postdoctoral researchers to carry out a research project within a pre-defined timeframe (duration of 6 to 24 months). Applicants are required to have graduated with an above-average PhD grade less than four years ago. If your PhD graduation is still pending, you may apply for the Humboldt Fellowship and include the manuscript of your dissertation.

Humboldt research fellowship for experienced researchers

Experienced researchers may apply if they completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago. It is expected that the applicants have engaged in an academic career. This has to be evaluated individually. You may have been an assistant professor, gained experience in leading a junior research group or have carried out several years of your own research. The fellowship (duration: 6-18 months) can be flexibly divided into a maximum of three stays with research hosts within a period of three years.

The foundation is interested in offering individually tailored solutions to fellows. Therefore, specific research scholarships exist for research projects which directly address the requirements of the researchers. Postdoctoral and experienced researchers can take advantage, for example, of the Thyssen-Humboldt Short-Term Fellowship (for academics from Latin America) and the Georg Forster Research Fellowship (for academics from developing and threshold countries). Internationally renowned researchers may receive one of up to 100 Humboldt research awards the Humboldt Foundation assigns each year. International cutting-edge academics may be nominated for an Alexander von Humboldt professorship, which is associated with pioneering research opportunities.

Financial support from the foundation

The extent of financial support offered is dependent on the type of fellowship or award. The Humboldt Foundation furthermore covers travel expenses and provides mobility allowances as well as supplementary allowances for accompanying spouses or children. The European research fellowship (within the Humboldt and Georg Forster Research Fellowship Programme) offers you a six-month research stay in another European country with the potential for an extension. Apart from the research project, the Foundation also offers language scholarships and German language courses for the fellows and award winners.

What language skills are required?

German or English language skills are required for carrying out a research project. Researchers from the fields of the humanities or social sciences and medicine must have a good command of German if it is necessary to carry out the project successfully. A language course is not compulsory. However, the Humboldt Foundation is interested in integrating its foreign fellows into German social life. Individual support during the stay in Germany as well as continuous contact with the guest researchers are paramount at Humboldt Foundation.

Further information available at: www.humboldt-foundation.de/en»

academics.com :: March 2008