The History of the Humboldt Foundation						

One-and-a-half years after the death of Alexander von 
Humboldt,the Foundation named after him was 
established in Berlin in 1860  to sponsor research travel
abroad by German scholars. After loss of the Foundation's
capital during the depression in 1923, the Foundation 
was re-established in 1925 with the aim of assisting 
foreign scholars in undertaking postgraduate studies
in Germany. After the collapse of the German Reich in 
1945, the Foundation had to cease itsactivities.

At the suggestion of former Humboldt guest-researchers, 
the Foundation was re-established by the Federal 
Republic of Germany on December 10, 1953 with its 
headquarters in Bonn-Bad Godesberg. More than 18,000 
scholars from 123 countries have been sponsored to date.

The Foundation
About Us

Who we are

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit 
organisation under private law established by the Federal
Republic of Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt 
Foundation enables highly qualified foreign scholars 
holding doctorates to carry out long-term research projects 
in Germany. 

What does Humboldt Foundtion do 

Humboldt Research Fellowships and Humboldt Research 
Awards are granted without regard to national origin, ethnic
group, sex or ideology. There are no quotas in respect of
specific countries or disciplines. Academic qualification is
the only criterion for selection. 

Scholars are free 

to choose their research projects, 
to choose their host institutes and host towns, and 
to determine their periods of research. 
Associated with this freedom is the idea of a most
individual assistance of Humboldtians during their stay
in Germany and lifelong contact upon their return home.

The Man Behind the Name

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

Selected Bibliography  Alexander von Humboldt

Alexander von Humboldts Reise durchs Baltikum nach 
Rußland und Sibirien 1829, aufgezeichnet von Hanno Beck,
 2. Verb.   Aufl. Stuttgart: Thienemann 1984 

Alexander von Humboldts Amerikanische Reise, 
aufgezeichnet von Hanno Beck, 

Stuttgart: Thienemann 1985 Botting, Douglas: Alexander
von Humboldt, Biographie eines großen Forschungsreisenden,
4. Edition, München: Prestel 1989 

Botting, Douglas: Humboldt and the Cosmos, München/New
York: Prestel 1994 

Gebauer, Alfred: Alexander von Humboldt.
Forschungsreisender, Geograph,Naturforscher, Berlin: Stapp

Meyer-Abich, Adolf: Alexander von Humboldt, Hamburg:
Rowohlt 1967(rm 131) 

McIntyre, Loren A.: Die amerikanische Reise. Auf den Spuren
Alexander von Humboldts, 2. Edition, Hamburg: Gruner + 
Jahr 1986 

de Terra, Helmut: Alexander von Humboldt und seine Zeit, 
2. Edition, Wiesbaden: Brockhaus 1959 

Slonimski, Chaim Selig: "Zur Freiheit bestimmt. Alexander
 von Humboldt - eine hebräische Lebensbeschreibung",
 including an essay about "Alexander von Humboldt und die 
Juden" by Peter Honigmann, edited by Kurt-Jürgen Maaß, Bonn:
 Bouvier Verlag 1997