Welcome to the New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows

Welcome to the New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows.

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.


The foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established in 1953 by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany to promote international co-operation between German institutes of higher education and leading academics from around the world. The foundation sponsors a number of competitive fellowships, ranging from postdoctoral to senior visiting professors, for foreign academics from the areas of humanities, sciences and engineering. Its fellowships fund research visits to Germany usually for a period of 6–24 months. It also offers long-term support to its Humboldt Fellows to develop and strengthen their cooperation with  German scientists. It also offers fellowships to post-doctoral fellows and other researchers based in Germany to visit foreign academic institutes as a guest of a Humboldt Fellow.

The association

The New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows is open to all current and former Humboldt Fellows. It aims to assist and promote the work of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in various ways.

Recent Posts

New awards by Humboldt Foundation

We welcome Professor Peter Fineran from the University of Otago as a member of our association: he was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers earlier this year. Peter’s Fellowship is held at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research in Würzburg.

Markus Friedrich, Professor of European History at Hamburg University, has received a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation to come to Otago in February and March 2020. During his visit to Otago, Professor Friedrich will work on a monograph on early modern European genealogical practices and give a series of public lectures entitled “Genealogy between religious experience and social practice”.

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