The aim of the foundation is to award research followships and research awards to highly qualified academics. Annualy about 500 grants are awarded worldwide to allow foreign junior scholars with at least a Ph.D. and who have a number of scientific pubilcations to carry out a long-term research project of their own choice at a German research insitute. Applicants should not be more than 40, respectively 45 years of age.
Since 1953, a total of 27 scholarships have been awarded to Philippine nationals. The AvH maintains contact with former AvH scholars by inviting them to spend further short periods conducting research in Germany, by donation of academic literature and scientific equipment and by grants towards printing costs and the cost of attending academic conferences.