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Humboldt Research Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Researchers



In providing Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars, who do not currently work or reside in Germany and who are just embarking on their academic careers and who completed their doctorates less than four years ago, to spend extended periods of research (6–24 months) in Germany. Scientists and scholars from all disciplines and countries may apply. The research outline is carried out in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their host 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. Short-term visits for study and training purposes or for attending conferences are not eligible for sponsorship. Candidates are selected solely on the basis of the evaluation of their academic qualification. There are no quotas for individual disciplines or countries. A candidate’s academic qualification is assessed on the basis of the following criteria: - academic record and academic performance to date (mobility, determination, breadth of research activities, academic productivity) - quality of key publications specified in the application (originality, degree of innovation, applicant’s contribution in cases of multiple authorship) - originality and innovation potential of the suggested research outline (significance for the advancement of the discipline, convincing choice of academic methods, prospects for academic development of the applicant, clear focus and feasibility of realization within the requested funding period and at the chosen host institution) - the applicant’s future potential (academic potential, further academic development, career prospects)


Eligiblity Information

Academic Level:
Post Doctorate

Age minimum or maximum:*

Open to international students:

Required to demonstrate financial need:

Discipline Area(s):
Life Sciences/ Health Sciences, Physical Sciences

Demographic Information (preferred or required):

Award type:

Amount Awarded:
Amount varies
Other: 2,650 EUR per month


Application Information:

Application Deadline:

Date application is available:

USC endorsement required:


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Alexandra Hoenscheid

Program Coordinator




Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173
Bonn,  00000