From left to right: Ria de Bleser, Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, Harald Clahsen, Helmut Schwarz ©Humboldt-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer
Once an Humboldtian, always an Humboldtian
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors top-flight foreign scientists and scholars who come to Germany on research fellowships and research awards to spend longer periods of time working with German colleagues. Humboldt Research Fellowships and Humboldt Research Awards are highly respected all over the world. It is something special to be a Humboldtian. That is why the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports each and every Humboldtian individually and flexibly – to ensure that the fellows and their families feel at home in Germany and are able to concentrate on their work.
Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian. The alumni network is the Humboldt Foundation's greatest asset. It
embraces over 26,000 scientists and scholars from all disciplines in
more than 140 countries who are closely associated with Germany – among
them 51 Nobel Prize winners. Even after their time in Germany has come to an end, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation stays in close contact with its alumni, and operates numerous alumni sponsorship programs for this purpose. The fellowships granted by the Foundation to enable junior German researchers to collaborate as guest scientists and scholars with Humboldtians abroad allow both the host Humboldtians and their German guests to benefit equally from the Foundation’s network.
Both in its marketing research in Germany and in the political dimension of its work the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation makes use of its greatest capital: the worldwide network of Humboldtians with its many representatives who hold not only important scientific posts but also leading and influential political positions.