American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

A Professional Partner of The

Alexander von Humboldt - Foundation


The American Friends newsletter, Strata, informs readers about the work and programs of American Friends and showcases the accomplishments of US Humboldtians. Strata is mailed to Humboldtians and supporters in the United States.

American Friends welcomes submissions for publication in Strata, and on our website or Blog. We are always interested in hearing what is happening with Humboldtians! Help us share your news with our network by sending it to Please include information about your:

  • Academic and professional achievements;
  • Grants and honors;
  • Recent publications;
  • Conferences and events;
  • Collaborative endeavors with other Humboldtians or researchers and professionals in Germany;
  • Your promotion of Foundation programs;
  • Insights into how you have benefited professionally and/or personally through the support of the AvH Foundation.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Please Note: All submissions are reviewed by the AFAvH. American Friends reserves the right to edit submissions.




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What does Strata mean?

Taken from geology, “strata” is meant to evoke Alexander von Humboldt’s life-long career in the natural sciences and also to convey the rich and varied experiences that Humboldtians have during their research abroad. Layers also signify how Humboldtians continue to build upon their knowledge base. Lastly, the name indicates the cohesiveness of the 26,000 Humboldtians world-wide resulting from their common experience with Germany.