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1 Exzellenz verbindet – be part of a worldwide network Speaker Function Date Name of the event

2 The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Connecting academic excellence worldwide Knowledge transfer and cooperation at the highest level

3 Historical and intellectual roots ●Alexander von Humboldt ( ): discoverer, universal scholar, cosmopolitan and patron of excellent scientific talent ●1953: establishment of today’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation based in Bonn Bad-Godesberg ●international network of academic cooperation and trust inspired by Humboldt’s example

4 The Humboldt Foundation's areas of work ●sponsorship of international academics as a part of foreign cultural and educational policy ●strengthening cutting-edge research through internationalisation ●impetus for the research location Germany by promoting individuals ●advancing development through academic cooperation ●mobility counselling in the European context

5 Principles of the Foundation ●sole selection criterion: academic excellence ●no quotas for countries or disciplines ●sponsorship of people, not projects ●free choice of academic host/collaborative partner in Germany ●independent scientific research, not stipulated by the Foundation

6 Equal opportunities for female academics ●equal opportunities is an important issue for the Foundation ●sponsoring of women: fellowship programmes 32%, award programmes 13% ●sponsoring of women correlates with age, career stage and geographical origin ●measures supplementing standard sponsorship opportunities: fellowship extension or interruption, allowances, targeted counselling

7 The Humboldt Foundation's funding Budget for 2009: approx million EUR Financed by federal funds: approx. 95% AA:Federal Foreign Office BMBF:Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMZ:Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMU: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

8 Research Location Germany

9 Research location Germany Universities Leibniz Institutes Max Planck Institutes Helmholtz Centres Fraunhofer Institutes Greifswald Rostock Hamburg Bremen Hannover Berlin Magdeburg Halle Leipzig Dresden Jena Nürnberg München Freiburg Saarbrücken Frankfurt a. M. Dortmund Münster Bonn Göttingen Heidelberg Stuttgart Kiel Aachen Marburg Mainz Karlsruhe Köln

10 Research institutions ●approximately 100 universities: research in all disciplines ●76 Max Planck Institutes: basic research, especially in the natural and biosciences but also in the humanities and social sciences ●59 Fraunhofer Institutes: applied research ●16 Helmholtz Centres: technical-scientific and biomedical research ●86 Leibniz Institutes: research ranging from knowledge-oriented basic research to applied research

11 Sponsorship Opportunities offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

12 Sponsorship – individual and personal ●sponsorship for foreign and German top-flight academics to collaborate with specialist colleagues ●more than 800 prestigious research fellowships and awards annually ●flexible sponsorship options for different career stages ●individual and personal mentoring for those sponsored and their families ●the success rate for applications and nominations is between 30% and 40%

13 Key sponsorship programmes at a glance Origin Career stages Academics from abroadAcademics from Germany Postdoctoral researchers (up to 4 years after completion of doctorate) ●Humboldt Research Fellowship ●Georg Forster Research Fellowship ●Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship Junior research group leaders (up to 6 years after completion of doctorate) ●Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Experienced researchers (up to 12 years after completion of doctorate) ●Humboldt Research Fellowship ●Georg Forster Research Fellowship ●Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship (up to 18 years after completion of doctorate) ●Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award Internationally renowned academics ●Humboldt Research Award ●Max Planck Research Award ●Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

14 Alumni sponsorship and international networking ●over 24,000 Humboldtians in more than 130 countries: “Once an Humboldtian – always an Humboldtian“ ●alumni sponsorhip and international networking through e.g. -further research stays -Research Group Linkage Programme -Humboldt Colloquia and Kollegs -Humboldt Alumni Associations -Humboldt Alumni Award

15 Humboldt Network Online ●Public network -search and find Humboldtians electronically -search the Bibliographia Humboldtiana ●Protected area (for Humboldtians) -access the details and contact addresses of all Humboldtians -administer entries in the Bibliographica Humboldtiana and your personal profile

16 Research Fellowships for exceptionally qualified academics from abroad and from Germany

17 Research fellowships for research stays in Germany For postdoctoral and experienced researchers Humboldt Research Fellowship ●worldwide, all disciplines, no quotas Georg Forster Research Fellowship ●researchers from emerging and developing countries, all disciplines, no quotas ●research projects with relevance to development

18 Research fellowships for research stays in Germany Humboldt Research Fellowship / Georg Forster Research Fellowship Postdoctoral researchersExperienced researchers Duration of sponsorship Application period Fellowship amount ●6 to 24 months ●applications at any time, doctorates completed less than 4 years ago ●2,250 EUR per month (plus additional benefits) ●6 to 18 months, may be divided up into 3 stays ●applications at any time, doctorates completed less than 12 years ago ●2,450 EUR per month (plus additional benefits)

19 Research fellowships for research stays abroad For postdoctoral and experienced researchers Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship ●worldwide, all subjects, no quotas ●Humboldtians as hosts ●host contribution (negotiated individually)

20 Research fellowships for research stays abroad Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships Postdoctoral researchersExperienced researchers Duration of sponsorship Application period ●6 to 24 months ●applications at any time, doctorates completed less than 4 years ago ●6 to 18 months, may be divided up into 3 stays ●applications at any time, doctorates completed less than 12 years ago Fellowship amount: dependent on age, family status and destination (A fellowship calculator is available on our website)

21 Research Fellowships: Application Requirements and Benefits

22 Application requirements Postdoctoral researchersExperienced researchers ●above average doctorate ●academic publications ●agreement by academic host ●independent research project ●knowledge of German and/or English ●independent academic activity, e.g. as an assistant professor ●comprehensive list of academic publications with own, clearly defined academic profile ●agreement by academic host ●independent research project ●knowledge of German and/or English

23 Application procedure ●applications at any time to the Foundation directly ●assessment by independent expert reviewers ●decision by independent selection committees ●duration of procedure: approximately 3 to 6 months

24 Benefits provided ●fellowship ●travel lump sum ●language courses* ●family allowance ●allowance for research costs for the host institute* (*not applicable to Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships)

25 Benefits provided ●intensive and individual mentoring in Germany and abroad by personal contacts at the Foundation ●study tour*, network meeting, annual meeting ●return fellowships for specific regions ●alumni sponsorship (*not applicable to Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships)

26 Origin of guest researchers 2005–2009: 2,889 research fellowships granted to academics from abroad

27 Disciplines of guest researchers 2005–2009: 2,889 research fellowships granted to academics from abroad

28 Award Programmes

29 Research awards – overview ●Research Awards -Humboldt Research Award: 60,000 EUR -Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award: 45,000 EUR -Reimar Lüst Award: 50,000 EUR -Konrad Adenauer Research Award: 60,000 EUR -Phillip Franz von Siebold Award: 50,000 EUR ●Max Planck Research Award: 750,000 EUR ●Sofja Kovalevskaja Award: up to 1.65 million EUR ●Alexander von Humboldt Professorship: 3.5 to 5 million EUR

30 Research awards Humboldt Research Award (by nomination) ●for internationally eminent academics from abroad ●60,000 EUR, research stay in Germany Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (by nomination) ●for experienced, internationally-respected academics from abroad up to 18 years after completion of doctorate ●up to 45,000 EUR, research stay in Germany

31 Research awards Sofja Kovalevskaja Award ●for top level junior academics from abroad ●up to 1.65 million EUR for a period of 5 years ●to establish their own junior research group in Germany ●joint application by the applicant and the host institution

32 Research awards Max Planck Research Award ●for outstanding foreign and German academics ●up to 750,000 EUR to fund a 5 year academic collaboration ●nomination by universities and research institutions in Germany

33 Research awards Alexander von Humboldt Professorship ●International Award for Research in Germany for leading academics of all disciplines from abroad ●3.5 or 5 million EUR for 5 years, up to 10 award winners p.a. ●nominations by German universities or joint applications by universities and non-university research institutions ●requirement: strategic plan by the university to integrate the award winner into long-term research and development

34 Further Sponsorship Programmes

35 German Chancellor Fellowships for outstanding prospective leaders from the USA, the Russian Federation and China ●candidates from all professions and disciplines with particular emphasis on the humanities, law, social sciences and economics ●with an independent project in Germany that has been agreed with the host. ●intermediaries between their home countries and Germany

36 German Chancellor Fellowships Application requirements ●Bachelor's or equivalent academic degree ●leadership potential Benefits provided ●12-month fellowship in Germany, extension of up to 3 months possible ●language course, introductory seminar, study trip, reception at the Federal Chancellery ●travel lump sum, family allowances

37 International Climate Protection Fellowships for prospective leaders from emerging and developing countries, who ●are engaged in climate protection and resource conservation; ●are working in academia, business, governmental or non- governmental organisations; ●would like to conduct an independent project agreed with a host in Germany

38 International Climate Protection Fellowships Application requirements ●Bachelor's or equivalent academic degree ●further academic or professional qualification or extensive, theme- related professional experience ●leadership potential Benefits provided ●12-month fellowship in Germany, extension of up to 3 months possible ●introductory seminar, training courses, final meeting ●language course (optional), travel lump sum, family allowances

39 Frontiers of Research Symposia Binational, interdisciplinary conferences* for outstanding young researchers from the USA, Japan, United Kingdom, China, India, Israel and Brazil Format ●3-day conferences in the areas of natural sciences, engineering and the humanities ●in cooperation with foreign partner organisations ●alternating annually between Germany and the partner country * self-nomination is not possible

40 Other Fields of Activity

41 EURAXESS Germany Germany’s role in the EU-wide network of EURAXESS Services Centres to facilitate cross-border, research-related mobility Information and personal counselling for internationally mobile researchers: ●funding programmes ●job offers ●immigration and residence, taxation Internet portal and contacts:

42 National Contact Point (NCP) Mobility Task information and advice for German institutions and researchers on opportunities and actions in the Specific Programme ‘People’ of the 7th EU Research Framework Programme which includes the Marie Curie Actions Marie Curie Actions support for research training, career development and transnational researcher mobility; intersectoral exchange; international cooperation

43 Alumniportal Deutschland ●target group: anyone who has studied or conducted research in Germany (Germany alumni) ●access to all registered Germany alumni, organisations and companies ●access to opportunities in education and research ●opportunities for alumni to present their expertise Role of the Humboldt Foundation: ●to contribute its worldwide alumni network to the Portal ●to provide an additional networking platform for its own alumni

44 Contact The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is available to answer your questions at any time: Jean-Paul-Straße Bonn Germany Tel: Fax:


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