Humboldt - Princeton


Princeton and Humboldt Universities provide resources to build durable ties through faculty-designed collaborations, creating the capacity for faculty and students to enhance and sustain academic cooperation by moving back and forth across national borders with the institutional support of their home and host universities.  

The Humboldt - Princeton Strategic Partnership supports departments, programs, and centers seeking resources to sustain on-going transnational research and teaching collaborations and invites proposals from faculty that promote collaborations between the two institutions.  

Call for Proposals 


Bilateral collaborative research and teaching ventures should include a balanced representation of scholars from both institutions. Applicants are required to meet any national requirements for funding and follow the general regulations of their respective university. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. This initiative does not encompass student exchange programs for semester and academic year study abroad. All inquiries for graduate and undergraduate study abroad programs should be directed to: HU International Office (, and/or the Princeton Office of International Programs (

Types of Proposals

Two types of proposals will be considered:

  • Seed grants for joint graduate-student workshops. 
    • Maximum support: $50,000. 
  • Large grants for two years activity. 
    • Maximum support: $300,000.


A Joint Governance Committee comprised of faculty and senior administrators from both universities will review and consider proposals for awards.  Refer here for the list of the Committee members on the Princeton side.


Past Awards

2019 - 2020
  • J Thompson; Natalie de Leon, Princeton University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Arno Rauschenbeutel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Physics.  Next-Generation Cavity-Enhanced Solid-State Quantum Emitters
  • Regina Kunzel, Princeton University, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of English and American Studies.  Re-Imagining the Archive:  Sexual Politics and Postcolonial Entanglements 
2018 - 2019
  • Andrew Johnson, Princeton University, Department of Anthropology, and Benjamin Baumann,  Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Southeast Asian Studies.  Potency and its Mediums in Southeast Asia

  • Deborah Kaple, Princeton University, Department of Sociology, and Jörg Baberowski, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of History. From Totalitarian to Authoritarian Rule. Comparing Dictatorships in Transition

  • Jan-Werner Mueller, Princeton University, Department of Politics, and Silvia von Steinsdorff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences. Constitutions Under Stress: Comparative Perspectives

  • Stanislav Shvartsman, Princeton University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Lewis Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and Nils Blüthgen, Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, Department of Life Sciences, Modeling Enzymes 100 years after Michaelis-Menten

2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017
2015 - 2016
2014 - 2015

Seed grants:

Large grants:

2013 - 2014

PIIRS Contact

Rachel Golden, Institute Coordinator, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.