The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. To this end, it grants more than 700 research fellowships and research awards annually. These allow researchers from all over the world to come to Germany to work on a research question they have chosen themselves together with a host and collaborative partner.
Even after the stay in Germany has come to an end, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation maintains close ties with the alumni of its programs. Alumni sponsorship is tailored to the needs of individual Humboldtians, providing flexible support for individual research stays as well as for cooperation with others.
The Humboldt Network in Canada has grown continually since the founding of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1953. Currently, roughly 600 Humboldtians are based at Canadian universities and research institutions, including almost 40 current or former Feodor Lynen Research Fellows from Germany. Over the past five years, roughly 20-30 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdocs and experienced researchers were awarded to researchers from Canada each year. More than 35 researchers from Canada received one of the Foundation’s prestigious research awards.