The admission applications for the German Humboldt Research Fellowships for the class of 2023 are accepted in 2022. Applications for the Humboldt Fellowship are currently open for all the passionate and eligible researchers, scholars, and scientists to carry out their research programs in Germany. Interested applicants are bound to submit the required set of documents after meeting the mentioned eligibility criteria.
The very famous Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation has taken the initiative and announced various Humboldt Awards and Fellowships in the name of Alexander Von Humboldt for young researchers who wish to kick off their research careers in Germany. Students having postgrad equivalent degrees can apply for this German fellowship and turn their dreams into reality. Every year around 800 deserving students receive fellowships and awards. Moreover, the Humboldt Foundation offers dozens of fellowship and sponsorship programs for post-doctoral researchers, experienced researchers, etc.
In this article, we will discuss every fellowship program offered by the Humboldt Foundation for the ease of interested applicants. So, stay tuned and keep reading to unveil the details.
Sponsorships Offered by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation:
Interested applicants, talented and experienced researchers who want to build their career in Germany and conduct a dreamy research project there can apply for the dozens of Research Fellowships, Awards, Professorships, etc.; offered by the very reputable Humboldt Foundation in partnership with different organizations.
Research Funding Expected from the Humboldt Foundation Sponsorship Programs:
The Humboldt Foundation helps the recipients throughout their research program in Germany by providing support and help not only to the recipients but their families, children, etc.
Some of the benefits offered by various Humboldt Sponsorships are listed here which may be provided in full/partial to the winning candidates;
- Health insurance of Spouse/ Marital Partners/ Children, etc.
- Family Allowance of €276 / month. (Differs as per fellowship type)
- Medical costs & Liability Insurance
- Chances of Networking and Socializing
- Fellowship amounts of high values
- Travel expenditures for conferences
- Experimental Material costs coverage
- Alumni Sponsorships
- Chance to different Events/ Seminars
- Free German Language Courses
- Free Study/research Tours
Fellowships/Scholarships Offered by the Humboldt Foundation:
Following is the list of all the German sponsorship programs offered by the Humboldt Foundation for the postdoc researchers, scientists, mathematicians, musicians, university graduates, etc.:
- Capes-Humboldt Research Fellowships
- Humboldt Professorships
- Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards
- Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Awards
- Frontiers of Research Symposia
- Georg Forster Research Fellowships
- Georg Forster Research Awards
- German Chancellor Fellowships
- Henriette Herz Scouting Program
- German Research Chairs
- Humboldt Research Fellowships
- Hezekiah Wardwell Fellowships
- Humboldt Research Awards
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowships
- International Climate Protection Fellowships
- International research awards
- Konrad Adenauer Research Awards
- MOST (Taiwan) Research Fellowships
- Philipp Franz von Siebold Awards
- Max Planck-Humboldt Research Awards
- Philipp Schwartz Initiative
- Reimar Lüst Awards
- Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards
Let’s get in-depth details of each one here:
1# Capes-Humboldt Research Fellowships:
Talented Researchers from Brazil have the golden opportunity to carry out their research program in one of the finest German Research institutes. Meanwhile, Postdoc researchers will stay here for a maximum of 6 to 24 months to complete the research and enjoy a fellowship amount of €2,600/ month. However, experienced researchers can stay for 6 to 18 months and get €3,100 as a fellowship amount. Other than this, selected candidates will also receive other benefits, including family & travel allowance and personal support.
It is crucial to meet the requirements; for instance, a postdoc researcher must have completed his Ph.D. within the last four months and has published it in academic journals. Similarly, experienced researchers must have completed their doctorate in the last twelve years with a list of published academic journals. Moreover, applicants must have a good command of English and German language.
2# Humboldt Professorships:
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is financing the Humboldt Professorship to allow the interested applicants to do research programs at reputable universities and research institutes located in Germany.
Moreover, the Humboldt Professorship also focuses on female researchers coming forward and contributing to the research fields. On the other hand, many candidates are doing Humboldt Professorship in the field of AI, its impact on society, and its uses. Meanwhile, Professorship winners will get €5 million for experimental work and €3.5 for theoretical work.
However, the duration of professorships is liable up to five years. Nominations for the Humboldt professorships can be made solely with the German Universities and Non-research institutes for the world-class researchers and leaders who are exceptionally outstanding in their relevant fields.
3# Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships:
All the postdoc and experienced researchers from Germany can now apply for the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship while enrolled in any degree and field. Interested applicants can apply via an academic host (a member of Humboldt Network abroad).
Meanwhile, such academic hosts will also participate in one-third of the funding for fellowship. On the other hand, the fellowship amount will vary based on the country and life situation. Moreover, winners of the Lynen fellowship will get fellowship amount, travel reimbursements, family allowance, and other financial support throughout their stay in Germany.
4# Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards:
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award is another applauding sponsorship program for all the internationally recognized researchers residing outside Germany. Such award is named after the noble German astronomer and mathematician Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel.
Meanwhile, researchers can stay up to six to twelve months in Germany to conduct research programs in renowned institutions in Germany under the guidance of professional and skilled colleagues. Additionally, such researchers will also get an award of €45,000 with other exclusive benefits, including family stipends, free language courses, etc.
5# Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Awards:
The next one on our list is the Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award for the internationally recognized and intellectual researchers who belong to applied research. Interested and eligible researchers from non-European countries can apply for the award and win €45,000 during their twelve-month stay in Germany under the fellowship program. The Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award is the joint effort of the Humboldt Foundation by Alexander Von and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.
6# Frontiers of Research Symposia:
The Humboldt Foundation, with other partner countries, including Brazil, China, Japan, India, Israel, UK, USA, & Turkey, has initiated the Research Symposia. It is a golden opportunity for all the extraordinary young researchers to work, exchange, and share their thoughts with other notable young and passionate researchers on a different platform.
Moreover, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is supporting this applauding initiative to expand knowledge. On the other hand, candidates cannot apply for the program by themselves. Only partner organizations and Humboldt Foundation can nominate the deserving researchers for the program. Also, it is a three to maximum four-day symposia that take place either in Germany or in partner countries.
7# Georg Forster Research Fellowships:
The next on our list is the Georg Forster Research Fellowship for skilled, experienced, and professional researchers from developing countries, excluding China and India. Selected candidates for this fellowship will get a chance to do a research project at the German university of their choice during their 6 to 18 or 24 months’ stay in Germany. Meanwhile, the fellowship amount ranges from €2,670 to €3,170 depending upon the degree level of the researchers.
8# Georg Forster Research Awards:
Every year around six Georg Forster Research Awards is granted to the internationally acknowledged researchers belonging to the developing and transition countries based on their academic performance to date. The Federal Ministry for Economic Development & Cooperation has announced to fund this fellowship with a reward of €60,000 for winners. Also, the other academic funding package of this fellowship covers material costs, attending seminars or events costs, equipment expenditures, etc.
9# German Chancellor Fellowships:
The German Chancellor Fellowship is available for university graduates having leadership skills and belonging to South Africa, China, India, Brazil, Russia, USA. Such graduates can carry out their self-developed research project in Germany under this fellowship scheme and avail of multiple benefits, including financial and academic support during their stay in Germany, variable fellowship amounts per month, free intense language course, travel expenses, health insurance, two-week study tour, chance to attend networking events, alumni sponsorships, etc.
10# Henriette Herz Scouting Programs:
All the young researchers who have the talent, skills, and mentor junior researchers must apply for this fellowship. Such scouts who are new or experienced researchers can write a two-line application to become a part of the Humboldt Foundation. Once you are selected as scouts, then you can also invite three talented researchers from abroad for this fellowship.
11# German Research Chairs:
The German Research Chairs is another reputable program announced by the Humboldt Foundation at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. This program aims to reinforce the research and mathematics-related education in Africa. It also focuses on building strong bonding and networking between AIMS centers and German Institutes.
12# Humboldt Research Fellowships:
All the international and multitalented researchers are welcome from all over the world to apply for the Humboldt Research Fellowship belonging to the different research areas. Selected candidates will get financial support during the research project in Germany in terms of research costs and fellowship amount of €2,670 to €3,170 with health insurance, travel allowance, etc.
13# Hezekiah Wardwell Fellowships:
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowships are not only limited to researchers and university graduates. Even the young and talented musicians and musicologists can also benefit from them and apply for the Hezekiah Wardwell Fellowship, a program specifically designed for the musicians of Spain who want to make their career in this field. It is a one / two semesters program that grants 900 euros as a fellowship reward with travel allowance.
14# Humboldt Research Awards:
As the name indicates, this research award is especially available for internationally recognized researchers to pursue their dreams of conducting a research project of their choice in Germany. Meanwhile, winners will also get their hands on the €60,000 as a research award.
15# Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowships:
All the highly qualified, skilled, and talented postdoctoral candidates can avail of the golden chance to conduct a research thesis in Japan through the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship. It consists of two types of fellowship; short-term, which allows a stay of 1 to 12 months in Japan, and Standard Fellowship, which allows the stay of 12-24 months.
Meanwhile, selected researchers will get 362,000 yen as a fellowship amount plus travel expenses and settling allowance.
16# International Climate Protection Fellowships:
Postdocs and Prospective Leaders working in the Climate Protection in their home countries have the chance to carry out a one-year research project in Germany based on climate change, preserving ecosystems, natural resources, and other relevant topics. However, benefits of this program include fellowship amount of €2,170, €2,470 or €2,670, health insurance, travel expenses, etc.
17# International research awards for renowned academics from Germany:
If you are a renowned academic working abroad, you have the chance to nominate a deserving researcher from Germany for the International Research Award. Once the candidate gets selected, he will have the honor of doing a research project in Germany for one year.
18# Konrad Adenauer Research Awards:
The renowned researchers from Canada can apply for the Konrad Adenauer Research Award offered by the noble Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation to tie the strong relations between Germany and Canada.
19# MOST (Taiwan) Research Fellowships:
The Humboldt Foundation will select the eligible postdoc and experienced researchers from Germany to carry out the research program in Taiwan under the MOST (Taiwan) Research Fellowship for twelve months to a maximum of three years stay. On the other hand, this fellowship is also offering a fellowship amount of 85,000 NTD, alumni sponsorship, costs to go on interviews, etc.
20# Philipp Franz von Siebold Awards:
The very famous and globally recognized Japanese researchers can apply for the Philipp Franz von Siebold Award and do the research project in the German institute of their choice. The Japanese researchers can stay here for six to twelve months and enjoy €50,000 as an award.
21# Max Planck-Humboldt Research Awards:
The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award is the joint effort of the Humboldt Foundation and Max Planck Society available for the outclass researchers from abroad who wish to carry out the research program in Germany. The amount of award offered by this Research program is €80,000 in combination with €1.5 million for doing research in Germany.
22# Philipp Schwartz Initiatives:
Researchers at risk can continue their research program under the Philipp Schwartz Initiative at German universities and institutes. Meanwhile, host institutions in Germany will get an allowance of € 20,000 to entertain the nominated researchers for the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.
23# Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange:
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation, in partnership with the Humboldt Foundation, has announced the Reimar Lüst Award for talented and highly educated social scientists and humanities scholars. All the selected candidates must have contributed to the field of science and will get a €60,000 award for the 12 months of stay in Germany.
24# Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards:
The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award has given a golden chance to the junior researchers who have completed their doctoral degrees in the last six years. Moreover, these researchers must have any published research or work in international journals.
Interested applicants can do a research project at their choice of German institute and stay there for up to 5 years. Meanwhile, they will also get 1.65 million euros to finance their journey and research program in Germany.