American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AFAvH) is the professional partner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) in the United States, and is a U.S. 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent researchers and other professionals from abroad and from Germany.
American Friends Mission: To become a leading source in the United States for the promotion of national and international networking, exchange, and creative collaboration among scientists, scholars, artists and other professionals. Our goals include:
- Expanding the pool of future Humboldtians from the United States;
- Encouraging and supporting continued collaboration among US alumni;
- With partners, raising Germany’s visibility as a center for research.
To mobilize the intellectual curiosity, creativity, experience, and passion of Humboldtians to shape the changing landscape of research, higher education, and professional development in the United States and beyond.
To become a leading source in the United States for the promotion of national and international networking, exchange, and creative collaboration among scientists, scholars, artists, and other professionals, consistent with the goals of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.
We believe in investment in the individual, and in an international community of intellectual inquiry. Humboldtians are at the center of our vision and are vital partners in our mission. As alumni, acknowledged leaders in their fields, and individuals who share a lifelong commitment to collaboration and cultural exploration, Humboldtians are uniquely qualified to serve as special ambassadors of German intellectual life in the United States and as proponents and models of internationalization in the US research enterprise.