Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation has put forward its Humboldt Research Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Researchers. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually.

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.


  • Doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent), completed less than four years before the date of application.
  • Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time.
  • Candidates who have nearly completed their doctoral degrees are eligible to apply provided that they submit the manuscript of their dissertation or publications containing the results of their dissertation, however, at the earliest, six months before the completion of their dissertation.

How to Apply:

If you are a new candidate, you can register yourself and if you already have a user account with the Humboldt Foundation through the given link:

Award Amount:

  • A monthly fellowship of €2,650 for postdoctoral researchers (doctorate completed within the last four years) or €3,150 for experienced researchers (doctorate completed within the last 12 years)
  • Lump sum for the fellow’s travel expenses if the costs are not borne by a third party Researchers who completed their doctorates less than four years ago may apply for “Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers” as of May 2016
  • Language Fellowship for an intensive language course lasting two to four months at selected language institutes in Germany immediately before the actual period of research; language fellowships may also be granted to accompanying marital partners
  • Family allowances for accompanying family members staying at least three months (monthly allowance: up to 326 EUR for marital partners and up to 240 EUR for each child)
  • For single-parents: flat-rate allowance for accompanying children (under the age of 18) for stays of at least three months (400 EUR per month for the first child and 100 EUR per month for every additional child)
  • Additional extension of the fellowship up to 12 months for research fellows accompanied by children under the age of 12
  • A subsidy towards research costs to be paid to the hosts in Germany amounting to 800 EUR per month (for research in the natural sciences and engineering) and 500 EUR (for research in the humanities and social sciences)
  • Europe allowance for a research stay at a research institute in another European country (though not the research fellow’s own country), for a designated period in the course of the fellowship, if necessary to ensure the success of the research
  • Extensive alumni sponsorship once a successful research stay has come to an end, especially for maintaining contacts with collaborative partners in Germany during the Humboldtian’s entire academic career

Application Deadline:

  • There is no closing date for submitting applications. Applications are processed as part of an ongoing procedure.
  • Selection committee meetings take place three times a year, in March, July, and November. Applications should be submitted at least four to seven months ahead of the prospective selection meeting.

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