Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral researchers in Germany 2020

Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral researchers in Germany 2020

Germany 31 Dec 2020
Alexander von Humboldt foundation

Alexander von Humboldt foundation

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Applications are open for the Alexander von Humboldt 2020 research fellowships for postdoctoral researchers 

  • The Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers enable highly-qualified scientists and scholars who are embarking on their academic careers and who completed their doctorates less than four years ago to spend extended periods of research in Germany.
  • Scientists and scholars from all disciplines and countries may apply and applications can be submitted any time.


To be eligible for this fellowship, you need to:

  • Have a doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent) completed less than four years prior to the date of application. 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.
  • Eligible applicants must have lived outside Germany for a minimum of 12 months in total in the 18-month period prior to submission of the application.
  • Potential applicants who have been in Germany for more than 6 months at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Documents required:

Applications can be submitted to the Humboldt Foundation online at any time, provided that they have been duly completed and that all the following required documents have been uploaded:

  • (Curriculum Vitae (two pages maximum
  • (Research plan (five pages maximum
  • Complete list of publications
  •  List of selected key publications
  • Key Publications
  • Doctoral Certificate
  •  German language certificate, if applicable
  •  Host statement and confirmation of research facilities
  • Two expert opinions
  • (In addition, if applicable: letter(s) of acceptance and/or acknowledgement of receipt from the editors as well as abstracts or translations of key publications).

Selection Criteria:

Applications are assessed on the basis of independent peer reviews requested by the Humboldt Foundation. The final decision is taken by a committee composed of academics from all disciplines in the framework of the funding available.

Duration of the program:

The duration of the fellowship funding is from 6 to 24 months.


The benefits of the fellowship include:

  • A stipend of €2,670 per month plus research expenses and allowances is provided. Invitations to events and language courses can also be provided.
  • A lump sum for the fellow’s travel expenses if the costs are not borne by a third party.
  • Language fellowship for an intensive language course lasting two to four months at selected language institutes in Germany immediately prior to 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 €346 for marital partners and up to €274 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 per month for the first child and €100 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 per month (for research in the natural sciences and engineering) and €500 (for research in the humanities and social sciences).
  • A 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.

About organization:

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation  is a german foundation promoting  international academic cooperation in the field of scientific research. It facilitates research stays of foreign scientists in Germany and supports the resulting scientific and cultural contacts

The Foundation finances more than 700 competitive scholarship programmes for doctoral scientists and particularly for research stays in Germany by foreign scientists for a period of six months to two years. The Foundation also allocates numerous competitive research prizes, mainly to internationally renowned scientists, such as the Humboldt Prize. Funding is provided by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

It enables scientists and academics from all over the world to come to Germany to work on a research project that  have chosen with a host and collaborating partner.

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