The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, named after the great researcher and explorer, is a non-profit organization established by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants more than 800 research fellowships and research awards. These allow scientists and scholars from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. Together with over 120 Humboldt Associations in 65 countries, the Foundation maintains a network of over 24,000 fellows and awardees across all academic disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide – including 43 Nobel Prize winners

The Humboldt Foundation offers flexible sponsorship programs for cutting-edge researchers at all stages of their careers. It enables highly qualified scientists and scholars from abroad who hold doctorates to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany.

Researchers of all nationalities and disciplines may apply for a Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers (6-24 months, doctorate completed less than four years ago) or a Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers (6-18 months, doctorate completed less than twelve years ago). There are no quotas for individual countries and disciplines.

Furthermore, highly qualified researchers from developing countries (excluding Turkey, India, and the PR of China) may apply for a Georg Forster Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers and a Georg Forster Fellowship for experienced researchers. 

Details on all sponsorship programs for applicants from abroad can be found here.