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

NZ Association of von Humboldt Fellows Research Award: seeking applications

We seek applications for the New Zealand Association of Humboldt Fellows Research Award. It consists of a certificate and a cash award of $1000. The award recognises academic achievements within the past five years.

The inaugural winner of the award in 2019 was Professor Nancy November from the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland. Nancy’s discipline is musicology, her research centers on chamber music of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We thank Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger from Massey University for his  sponsorship of that award.

The rules and details of the application process are available here. Closing date for applications this year is 21 October. The award will be formally announced and presented at the biennial meeting of the NZ and Australian associations which takes place at Deakin University from 18-20 November.


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