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Humboldt Research Fellowships

German Humboldt Research Fellowships 2024 to Study for Free in Germany

The Humboldt Research Fellowships for the 2024 academic session in Germany are now open for applications at partner universities and institutions.

These fellowships are designed to support international students pursuing doctoral or postdoctoral research programs in Germany. Applicants can choose a German university, college, or research institution for their research projects, with the fellowship duration ranging from six to twenty-four months.

Selection Criteria: Applicants are selected based on various criteria, including academic achievements, research publications, language proficiency, and a comprehensive evaluation of their qualifications. One notable aspect of these fellowships is that candidates have the freedom to choose their research area and topic. Approximately 30% of all applicants make it to the final selection stage to receive the Humboldt Fellowship.

Humboldt Research Fellowships
Humboldt Research Fellowships

Financial Coverage: The Humboldt Research Fellowships provide financial support to recipients, which includes:

  1. Monthly Stipend:
    • €2,650 per month for postdoctoral students.
    • €3,150 per month for experienced researchers.
  2. Language Course:
    • A language course lasting two to four months at a German-language institution before the start of the research project. The recipient’s marital partner may also be eligible for this language course.
  3. Conference and Symposium Invitations.
  4. Family Allowance:
    • €345 for the candidate’s marital partner.
    • €274 for each child of the fellowship recipient.
    • For single parents, a monthly allowance of €400 for the first child and €100 for each additional child.
  5. Subsidy for Research Purposes:
    • €800 for research in the fields of natural sciences and engineering.
    • €500 for research in the humanities and social sciences.
  6. Allowance for Research in European Countries:
    • For researchers who need to conduct research in a European country other than their home country.
  7. Coverage for Travel Expenses:
  8. Allowance for Conducting Research at the Host Institution.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the Humboldt Research Fellowships, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. International students who do not reside or work in Germany.
  2. Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent research experience.
  3. Possess research publications that meet international standards.
  4. Have a personal research profile, including a list of academic and research publications.
  5. Non-Ph.D. holders should have substantial research experience.
  6. Proficiency in either German or English.

Required Documents: Applicants need to submit the following documents:

  1. Updated Resume (up to two pages).
  2. Research Outline (up to two pages).
  3. Complete List of Publications.
  4. List of Key Publications.
  5. Certificate of Doctorate.
  6. Language Proficiency Certificate (German or English).
  7. Statement from the Host Institution Confirming Research Facilities.
  8. Expert Reviews by at Least Two Referees.
  9. Translations of Publications in German or English if not originally in these languages.
  10. Letter of Acceptance.

Application Process: Applicants can apply for the Humboldt Research Fellowships through the Humboldt Foundation’s website. It’s crucial to coordinate with the host institution regarding research details and duration. The application, including the host institution’s statement, should be submitted at least four months before the selection date.

Number of Awards: There are at least 500 scholarships available, open to domestic and international students. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.

Duration of the Humboldt Fellowship: The duration of the fellowship varies depending on the candidate’s status:

  • 6 to 24 months for postdoctoral candidates.
  • 6 to 18 months for independent researchers.

These fellowships provide a fantastic opportunity for researchers to conduct their studies in Germany, covering a wide range of expenses and offering support for a substantial number of recipients.

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