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 project they have chosen themselves together with a host and collaborative partner. One of the Foundation’s programmes, the Georg Forster Research Fellowship, especially targets postdoctoral and experienced researchers from emerging and developing countries who work on a research question with relevance to development. The foundation’s network embraces over 26,000 scientists and scholars from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide - including 51 Nobel Prize winners.