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Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research cooperation. It enables highly qualified scholars not resident in Germany to spend extended periods of research in Germany and promotes the ensuing academic contacts.

The Humboldt Foundation promotes an active world-wide network of scholars. Individual sponsorship during periods spent in Germany and longstanding follow-up contacts have been hallmarks of the foundation’s work since 1953.


One-and-a-half years after the death of Alexander von Humboldt, the Foundation named after him was established in Berlin in 1860. Its aim was to sponsor research travel abroad by German scholars. After loss of the Foundation’s capital during the depression in 1923, it was re-established in 1925. Now its aim was to assist non-German scholars in undertaking postgraduate studies in Germany. After the collapse of the German Reich in 1945, the Foundation had to cease its activities.

At the suggestion of former Humboldt guest-researchers, the Foundation was re-established by the Federal Republic of Germany on December 10, 1953 with its headquarters in Bonn-Bad Godesberg. More than 20,000 scholars from 125 countries have been sponsored to date.


Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0)228-833-0
Fax: +49 (0)228-833-199

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