Getting to know research institutions, making contacts, gaining international experience – a research stay in Germany can open up new career opportunities for highly qualified researchers from abroad. Research stays can last between one month and five years and are usually associated with a specific research project and a cooperating research institute. German institutions have a considerable interest in international cooperation. International researchers’ stays in Germany are often funded by special research scholarships.
Who funds research stays?
Various funding organisations support temporary research stays in Germany with scholarships or prizes. Roughly 30,000 international scientists and scholars are currently receiving support from funding organisations for their research work in Germany. More than 7,100 of the roughly 7,500 supported international senior researchers and higher education teachers receive funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Institutes of the large research organisations, such as Max Planck Society and Leibniz Institutes, also support stays by collaborating visiting researchers within the framework of joint research projects. Some of these funding programmes are highly specialised and target researchers from specific regions or countries or working in specific subject areas.