To enable fellows to continue their research begun in Germany and their
Foundation sponsors the return and reintegration of alumni into the scientific
and academic structures of their home countries. To this end, the Foundation
offers financial support in the form of return fellowships (see C.2.1. of the
In the event that alumni are unable to find appropriate employment
some time for personal or professional reasons, the Alexander von Humboldt
Foundation may on application provide a bridging grant of 1,500 EUR
monthly for a maximum of six months to cover transitional periods of
unemployment if the fellow has received uninterrupted funding through a
research fellowship for at least twelve months and remains in Germany after
completing the fellowship. Alumni whose research fellowship lasts twenty-four
months and who remain in Germany can apply for a bridging grant for up to
twelve months. Bridging grants can only be awarded for the period
immediately following the research fellowship.
Recipients of bridging grants are required to inform the Alexander von
freelance work or employment in Germany, German or foreign fellowships).
The Foundation reserves the right to deduct any such secondary income from
the bridging grant.
The grant ends as soon as alumni find a position or alternative source of
whereof the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation must immediately be
Alumni are not eligible for a bridging grant if they leave Germany for more
than 14 days (consecutively or in total) during the period in which they are in
receipt of this grant. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation reserves the
right to reduce or cease payment in such cases. Trips to job interviews
abroad are excluded. In the final month of their bridging grant, alumni must be
in Germany until at least the 15
of the month. Alumni who depart earlier are
The application can be made 4 months prior to the end of the research
Foundation 8 weeks before the end of the research fellowship at the latest.
The application form and further information is available on the Foundation’s
Important information: The additional benefits provided with funds from the
Forster Research Fellowship Programme (HERMES) is available; these
additional benefits will be discontinued when the programme ends on 30 June