Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a nature researcher and explorer, universal genius and cosmopolitan, scientist and patron. His lengthy Latin American journey from 1799 to 1804 was celebrated as the second scientific discovery of South America. Members of natural science disciplines such as physical geography, climatology, ecology or oceanography see Humboldt as their founder. The masterpiece of his advanced years, the five-volume "Cosmos. Draft of a Physical Description of the World," has remained unique in its comprehensive approach.
Alexander von Humboldt not only invested his heritage in his own studies but also selflessly sponsored other young scholars and talents, among them Justus von Liebig and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
We promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
•Our research fellowships and research awards allow you to come to Germany to work on a research project you have chosen yourself together with a host and collaborative partner.
•If you are a scientist or scholar from Germany you can profit from our support and carry out a research project abroad as a guest of one of more than 24,000 Humboldt Foundation alumni worldwide - the Humboldtians.
•As an intermediary organisation for German foreign cultural and educational policy we promote international cultural dialogue and academic exchange.