Alexander von Humboldt (1769 1859): discoverer, universal scholar, cosmopolitan and patron of excellent scientific talent


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Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859): discoverer, universal scholar, cosmopolitan and patron of excellent scientific talent

      • Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859): discoverer, universal scholar, cosmopolitan and patron of excellent scientific talent
      • 1953: establishment of today’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation based in Bonn Bad-Godesberg
      • international network of academic cooperation and trust inspired by Humboldt’s example


sponsorship of international academics as a part of foreign cultural and educational policy

      • sponsorship of international academics as a part of foreign cultural and educational policy
      • strengthening cutting-edge research through internationalisation
      • impetus for the research location Germany by promoting individuals
      • advancing development through academic cooperation
      • mobility counselling in the European context


sole selection criterion: academic excellence

      • sole selection criterion: academic excellence
      • no quotas for countries or disciplines
      • sponsorship of people, not projects
      • free choice of academic host/collaborative partner in Germany
      • independent scientific research, not stipulated by the Foundation


equal opportunities is an important issue for the Foundation

      • equal opportunities is an important issue for the Foundation
      • sponsoring of women: fellowship programmes 32%, award programmes 13%
      • sponsoring of women correlates with age, career stage and geographical origin
      • measures supplementing standard sponsorship opportunities: fellowship extension or interruption, allowances, targeted counselling


Budget for 2009: approx. 76.6 million EUR Financed by federal funds: approx. 95%

  • Budget for 2009: approx. 76.6 million EUR Financed by federal funds: approx. 95%







approximately 100 universities: research in all disciplines

      • approximately 100 universities: research in all disciplines
      • 76 Max Planck Institutes: basic research, especially in the natural and biosciences but also in the humanities and social sciences
      • 59 Fraunhofer Institutes: applied research
      • 16 Helmholtz Centres: technical-scientific and biomedical research
      • 86 Leibniz Institutes: research ranging from knowledge-oriented basic research to applied research




sponsorship for foreign and German top-flight academics to collaborate with specialist colleagues

      • sponsorship for foreign and German top-flight academics to collaborate with specialist colleagues
      • more than 800 prestigious research fellowships and awards annually
      • flexible sponsorship options for different career stages
      • individual and personal mentoring for those sponsored and their families
      • the success rate for applications and nominations is between 30% and 40%




over 24,000 Humboldtians in more than 130 countries: “Once an Humboldtian – always an Humboldtian“

      • over 24,000 Humboldtians in more than 130 countries: “Once an Humboldtian – always an Humboldtian“
      • alumni sponsorhip and international networking through e.g.
        • further research stays
        • Research Group Linkage Programme
        • Humboldt Colloquia and Kollegs
        • Humboldt Alumni Associations
        • Humboldt Alumni Award


Public network

      • Public network
        • search and find Humboldtians electronically
        • search the Bibliographia Humboldtiana
      • Protected area (for Humboldtians)
        • access the details and contact addresses of all Humboldtians
        • administer entries in the Bibliographica Humboldtiana and your personal profile
    • www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/researching-the-network.html




For postdoctoral and experienced researchers

    • For postdoctoral and experienced researchers
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship

      • worldwide, all disciplines, no quotas
  • Georg Forster Research Fellowship

      • researchers from emerging and developing countries, all disciplines, no quotas
      • research projects with relevance to development




For postdoctoral and experienced researchers

    • For postdoctoral and experienced researchers
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

      • worldwide, all subjects, no quotas
      • Humboldtians as hosts
      • host contribution (negotiated individually)








applications at any time to the Foundation directly

      • applications at any time to the Foundation directly
      • assessment by independent expert reviewers
      • decision by independent selection committees
      • duration of procedure: approximately 3 to 6 months


fellowship

      • fellowship
      • travel lump sum
      • language courses*
      • family allowance
      • allowance for research costs for the host institute*
  • (*not applicable to Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships)



intensive and individual mentoring in Germany and abroad by personal contacts at the Foundation

      • intensive and individual mentoring in Germany and abroad by personal contacts at the Foundation
      • study tour*, network meeting, annual meeting
      • return fellowships for specific regions
      • alumni sponsorship
  • (*not applicable to Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships)



2005–2009: 2,889 research fellowships granted to academics from abroad

  • 2005–2009: 2,889 research fellowships granted to academics from abroad



2005–2009: 2,889 research fellowships granted to academics from abroad

  • 2005–2009: 2,889 research fellowships granted to academics from abroad





Research Awards

      • Research Awards
        • Humboldt Research Award: 60,000 EUR
        • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award: 45,000 EUR
        • Reimar Lüst Award: 50,000 EUR
        • Konrad Adenauer Research Award: 60,000 EUR
        • Phillip Franz von Siebold Award: 50,000 EUR
      • Max Planck Research Award: 750,000 EUR
      • Sofja Kovalevskaja Award: up to 1.65 million EUR
      • Alexander von Humboldt Professorship: 3.5 to 5 million EUR


Humboldt Research Award (by nomination)

    • Humboldt Research Award (by nomination)
      • for internationally eminent academics from abroad
      • 60,000 EUR, research stay in Germany
    • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (by nomination)
      • for experienced, internationally-respected academics from abroad up to 18 years after completion of doctorate
      • up to 45,000 EUR, research stay in Germany


Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

    • Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
      • for top level junior academics from abroad
      • up to 1.65 million EUR for a period of 5 years
      • to establish their own junior research group in Germany
      • joint application by the applicant and the host institution


Max Planck Research Award

    • Max Planck Research Award
      • for outstanding foreign and German academics
      • up to 750,000 EUR to fund a 5 year academic collaboration
      • nomination by universities and research institutions in Germany


Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

    • Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
      • International Award for Research in Germany for leading academics of all disciplines from abroad
      • 3.5 or 5 million EUR for 5 years, up to 10 award winners p.a.
      • nominations by German universities or joint applications by universities and non-university research institutions
      • requirement: strategic plan by the university to integrate the award winner into long-term research and development




for outstanding prospective leaders from the USA, the Russian Federation and China

  • for outstanding prospective leaders from the USA, the Russian Federation and China

      • candidates from all professions and disciplines with particular emphasis on the humanities, law, social sciences and economics
      • with an independent project in Germany that has been agreed with the host.
      • intermediaries between their home countries and Germany


Application requirements

    • Application requirements
      • Bachelor's or equivalent academic degree
      • leadership potential
    • Benefits provided
      • 12-month fellowship in Germany, extension of up to 3 months possible
      • language course, introductory seminar, study trip, reception at the Federal Chancellery
      • travel lump sum, family allowances


for prospective leaders from emerging and developing countries, who

  • for prospective leaders from emerging and developing countries, who

      • are engaged in climate protection and resource conservation;
      • are working in academia, business, governmental or non-governmental organisations;
      • would like to conduct an independent project agreed with a host in Germany


Application requirements

    • Application requirements
      • Bachelor's or equivalent academic degree
      • further academic or professional qualification or extensive, theme-related professional experience
      • leadership potential
    • Benefits provided
      • 12-month fellowship in Germany, extension of up to 3 months possible
      • introductory seminar, training courses, final meeting
      • language course (optional), travel lump sum, family allowances


Binational, interdisciplinary conferences* for outstanding young researchers from the USA, Japan, United Kingdom, China, India, Israel and Brazil

  • Binational, interdisciplinary conferences* for outstanding young researchers from the USA, Japan, United Kingdom, China, India, Israel and Brazil

    • Format
      • 3-day conferences in the areas of natural sciences, engineering and the humanities
      • in cooperation with foreign partner organisations
      • alternating annually between Germany and the partner country
  • * self-nomination is not possible





Germany’s role in the EU-wide network of EURAXESS Services Centres to facilitate cross-border, research-related mobility

  • Germany’s role in the EU-wide network of EURAXESS Services Centres to facilitate cross-border, research-related mobility

    • Information and personal counselling for internationally mobile researchers:
      • funding programmes
      • job offers
      • immigration and residence, taxation
    • Internet portal and contacts: www.euraxess.de


Task

    • Task
  • information and advice for German institutions and researchers on opportunities and actions in the Specific Programme ‘People’ of the 7th EU Research Framework Programme which includes the Marie Curie Actions

    • Marie Curie Actions
  • support for research training, career development and transnational researcher mobility; intersectoral exchange; international cooperation



Alumniportal Deutschland

      • target group: anyone who has studied or conducted research in Germany (Germany alumni)
      • access to all registered Germany alumni, organisations and companies
      • access to opportunities in education and research
      • opportunities for alumni to present their expertise
    • Role of the Humboldt Foundation:
      • to contribute its worldwide alumni network to the Portal
      • to provide an additional networking platform for its own alumni
    • www.alumniportal-deutschland.org


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is available to answer your questions at any time:

  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is available to answer your questions at any time:

    • info@avh.de
  • www.humboldt-foundation.de

  • Jean-Paul-Straße 12 53173 Bonn Germany Tel: +49 228 833-0 Fax: +49 228 833-199





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