Research Western

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Humboldt Research Awards

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually to scientists and scholars from abroad with internationally recognized academic qualifications. The research award honours the academic achievements of the award winner's lifetime. Furthermore, award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany in cooperation with colleagues for periods of between six months and one year.

Sponsor Guidelines

Subject Areas

Open to all subject areas.


End of October and End of April

Application Method

The initiative for bestowing a Humboldt Research Award (nomination) must be taken by established researchers working at universities or other research institutions in Germany. Direct applications are not accepted. Usually, only full professors and scholars of equivalent status engaged in non-university work from any discipline and from any country may be nominated for the Humboldt Research Award. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages nominations of qualified female scientists and scholars. The Humboldt Research Award amounts to EUR 60,000.

In addition, the following services will be provided to Humboldt Awardees

within the framework of an invitation to conduct research in Germany:

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Nominated applications to this award will be internally supported and reviewed through a subcommittee of the University Research Board. Applications should be vetted through your Faculty Dean's Office.

Nominations and Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal. Requests for Institutional signatures should be received no less than 3 days prior to the posted Sponsor deadline.

Western Contact(s)

Research Office

Sponsor Contact(s)

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Jean-Paul-St. 12 , D-53173
Bonn - Germany
Tel.: (+49) 0228-833-0
Fax: (+49) 0228-833-199