Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral and Experienced Researchers

Fellowship in Different Fields
  • Germany, Germany

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 228867
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Fields of study Verious Fields
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 6 to 24 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Applications are open for the 2024 Humboldt Research Fellowship to support postdoctoral and experienced researchers of all nationalities and research areas. This fellowship is facilitating research endeavors in Germany. Sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, fellows receive individual support and a diverse sponsorship portfolio.

The Humboldt Research Fellowship allows you to conduct independent research at any career stage, collaborating with a host institution of your choice in Germany. Hosts can apply for financial support to cover research expenses.

Key Details and Dates

  • Application Deadlines: Apply well in advance before the Selection Committee meeting
  • The Selection Committee Meeting: Every March, July, and November
  • Processing Time: 4-8 months
  • Application Processing: 4-6 weeks
  • Review Process: 4 months
  • Notification: 5 weeks after selection
  • Start Fellowship: 2-12 months after selection
  • Result Announcement Dates: Upon assessment and selection
  • Funding Type: Fully-funded
  • Organizer: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Eligible Countries: All nationalities but Germany
  • Eligible Gender: Male/Female
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers
  • Focus Area: All research areas
  • Fellowship Duration: 6 to 24 months for postdocs and 6 to 18 months
  • Study Level: Postdoctoral and experienced researcher level
  • Number of Opportunities: Approximately 20-25% of applications expected to be approved
  • Host Country: Germany

Benefits and Financial Aids

All selected fellows will benefit from the program as follows:

  • The monthly fellowship amount is €2,670 for postdoctoral researchers and €3,170 for experienced researchers.
  • Personal support throughout sponsorship.
  • Flexibility in determining fellowship start date.
  • Pre-fellowship intensive language course for you and your marital partner.
  • Further financial support includes family benefits, subsidies for private health insurance, and travel allowances.
  • Alum programs ensure ongoing support and opportunities for future research collaborations (including return fellowships or later visits to Germany.)

Eligibility Criteria

All candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Postdoctoral researchers must have completed a doctorate within the last four years, been published in academic journals, and fulfilled the required criteria.
  • Experienced researchers must have completed a doctorate within the last 12 years, have an extensive publication record, and fulfill the required criteria.
  • Alternatively, applicants must have up to 16 years after the master’s degree with a suitable publication record if a doctorate is not feasible.
  • Applicants should be non-German; exceptions apply based on residency and connections.
  • Applicants must not have lived in Germany for more than six months within 18 months.
  • You must confirm the availability of research facilities from a researcher from the academic institution of your choice in Germany.
  • Two expert reviews are required as follows:
    • For Postdocs: Doctoral supervisor and one other researcher, preferably from outside your institute.
    • For Experienced Researchers: Collaborative partners or researchers from your institute.
  • Language skills: German or English proficiency is necessary, depending on the field.
  • Adherence to scientific ethics and principles
  • Previous Humboldt Foundation sponsorship disqualifies.
  • Explore alternative fellowships if the Humboldt Research Fellowship is not suitable.
  • Program search and individual advice are available.

 Required Documents

Required documents for application:

  • Curriculum vitae (max two pages)
  • Research outline (max five pages)
  • Complete list of publications (Sample)
  • List of selected key publications (Sample)
  • Doctoral certificate or proof of completion
  • German language certificate, if necessary
  • Publisher’s acceptance notifications or translations, if required
  • Host’s statement and confirmation of research facilities availability
  • Two expert reviews


  • You must upload the documents in the application form once.
  • Confirmation email upon receipt of application.
  • Expected selection date notification after document review

How to Apply?

  • Apply for the Humboldt Research Fellowship by submitting the required documents online to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • Contact us at for assistance or inquiries before submitting your application.
  • Start or continue your application online.


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Applicants should refer to the official Humboldt Research Fellowship guidelines for comprehensive application instructions and detailed information.


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