Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a foundation set-up by the government of the Federal Republic and funded by the German Foreign Office
Foreign Office (Germany)
The Foreign Office is the foreign ministry of Germany, a federal agency responsible for both the country's foreign politics and its relationship with the European Union. From 1871 to 1919, it was led by a Foreign Secretary, and since 1919, it has been led by the Foreign Minister of Germany...

, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is a ministry in Germany. Its main office is at the former German Chancellery in Bonn with a second major office at the Europahaus in Berlin....

 and others for the promotion of international co-operation between German institutes of higher education and leading academics from around the world.

The foundation sponsors a number of competitive fellowship
Fellowship
Fellowship may refer to:* An academic position: see fellow* A merit-based scholarship, or form of academic financial aid* Fellowship , a period of medical training after a residency...

s, ranging from postdoctoral to senior visiting professors, primarily for foreign academics from the areas of humanities
Humanities
The humanities are academic disciplines that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences....

, science
Science
Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe...

s and engineering
Engineering
Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize improvements to the lives of...

. Funds are given to finance long-term research visits to Germany usually for a period of 6–24 months. The foundation also awards a number of large prizes for life-time accomplishment and for "top flight" young researchers, such as the Humboldt Prize
Humboldt Prize
The Humboldt Prize, also known as the Humboldt Research Award, is an award given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to internationally renowned scientists and scholars, and is currently valued at € 60,000 with the possibility of further support during the prize winner's life. Up to one...

 and Sofia Kovalevskaya Award
Sofia Kovalevskaya Award
The Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation of Germany bestows the Sofia Kovalevskaya Award every two years. Sofia Kovalevskaya was the first major Russian female mathematician, who made important contributions to mathematical analysis, differential equations and mechanics, and the first woman...

. Awards from the foundation are considered to be among the most prestigious and generous awards in the world.

See also

  • Alexander von Humboldt
    Alexander von Humboldt
    Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt...

  • The Humboldt Prize
    The Humboldt Prize
    The Humboldt Prize, also known as the Humboldt Research Award, is an award given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to internationally renowned scientists and scholars, and is currently valued at € 60,000 with the possibility of further support during the prize winner's life. Up to one...

  • Sofia Kovalevskaya Award
    Sofia Kovalevskaya Award
    The Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation of Germany bestows the Sofia Kovalevskaya Award every two years. Sofia Kovalevskaya was the first major Russian female mathematician, who made important contributions to mathematical analysis, differential equations and mechanics, and the first woman...


List of Alexander von Humboldt Fellows

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