International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is an independent, international expert group which meets once a year to discuss strategic issues relating to the global mobility of researchers and the internationalization of research. The Board provides a forum for debate on global developments in science and academia, science policy, and science administration.

History and Mission

The Humboldt Foundation’s International Advisory Board was established in 2007 in response to an increasing demand for expertise on issues relating to the internationalization of sciences and humanities. It is the successor to the Advisory Board of the Foundation's Transatlantic Science and Humanities Program (TSHP), which was established in 2001 with the aim of creating a binational network of experienced leaders from German and North American academia, science administration, and science policy. The International Advisory Board supports the Foundation's strategic planning. As an independent expert group, it addresses current developments in global academic markets and identifies topics of special strategic concern to the Foundation and its partners in Germany, the United States, and beyond.

Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities

The International Advisory Board hosts an annual Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities, opening its discussions to a select group of leading international experts and top management officials representing the Foundation's partner organisations. The forum provides an opportunity for eminent international experts to hold an open exchange of views in a private setting. Important minutes of the proceedings and recommendations are published for the benefit of a wider audience.

Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities – TOPICS:


2001 The Role of the TSHP Advisory Board in the Transatlantic Dialogue
2002 Trends in American & German Higher Education
2003 The Impact of the New Developments within the European Research Area for Transatlantic Scientific Co-Operations
2004 What Factors Impact the Internationalization of Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences?
2005 Bi-national Programs on Shifting Grounds?
2006 The Advancement of Excellence


2007 Postdoctoral Career Paths
2008 Strategies to Win the Best: German Approaches in International Perspective
2009 Cultures of Creativity: The Challenge of Scientific Innovation in Transnational Perspective
2010 Crossing Boundaries: Capacity Building in Global Perspective
2011 The Globalization of Knowledge and the Principles of Governance in Higher Education and Research
2012 Networks of Trust: Will the New Social Media Change Global Science?
2013 Postdoctoral Career Paths 2.0: The Golden Triangle of Competitive Junior Investigators, Adequate Academic Systems, and Successful Careers
2014 Beyond Bibliometrics - Identifying the Best
2015 Identifying the Best - Theory, Methods, Practice
2016 Scholarly Integrity

Forum on the Internationalization of Sciences and Humanities


Dr. Martin Schaffartzik
Program Director
Strategic Planning Division
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn

Phone: +49 (228) 833 245

Dr. Barbara Sheldon
Head of
Strategic Planning Division