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Information for German Academics

The support programmes that are presented at this page are addressed to scientists planning a long time stay abroad. The listed institutions and foundation award scholarships to students and scientists.

Promotion of a Stay Abroad

Support of the DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a Search Engine providing scholarships for a research period abroad of German junior scientists. The application documents can submitted at the International Office of the respective university.

Absolventen der Studienfächer Germanistik, Deutsch als Fremdsprache oder der jeweiligen Regional-Philologien bietet der DAAD Stipendien für einen einjährigen Auslandsaufenthalt als Sprachassistenten im Fach Deutsch als Fremdsprache.

For fostering the academic relations, the DAAD arranges long and short term teaching positions for German academic instructors at universities abroad.

In North America the DAAD supports guest professors in the field of German studies.

The programme FITweltweit supports postdoctoral research in the field of computer science at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, USA, or at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Toky.

Alongside the DAAD is responsible for the EU Education Programmes in the field of higher education.

Support programmes run by the EU

The ERASMUS Programme promotes guest professorships at European partner universities to strengthen the cooperation between higher education institutions of different countries.

The Jean Monnet Programme fosters teaching activities on European integration as well as the association of professors and researchers to study the integration process in Europe.

Support programmes run by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers young German scientists several scholarships for a research stay abroad.

The Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship enables postdoctoral researchers to carry out a self-chosen long-term research project in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution abroad.

The JSPS Research Fellowship fosters a self-chosen research project in cooperation with an academic host at a selected national research institution in Japan.

With the NSC Taiwan Fellowship a self-chosen research project in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Taiwan can be arranged.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers experienced German scientists promotion for a research stay abroad.

The Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship enables experienced researchers to carry out a self-chosen long-term research project in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution abroad.

Support programmes run by the DFG

The German Research Association (DFG) awards appropriations and supports research projects.

Various Research Fellowships enable young scientists to accomplish a research project abroad.

The DFG provides funds for staff, scientific instrumentation, consumables, travel, publications etc.

Scientific networks serve the academic exchange. The DFG bears the expenses for travel and stay as well as publications.

The DFG supports the scholarship programme of the Max Kade Foundation that fosters research stays of German natural scientists and physicians in the USA.

Support programmes run by the Robert Bosch Foundation

The Robert Bosch Foundation provides stays abroad of German scientists with various programmes.

The Russian-German double degree programme European Studies is directed at graduates from all university degree programmes worldwide and offers the possibility to get in one year a Russian diploma and a German master degree.

The Lectureship Programme provides fellowships for German-speaking university graduates to teach and carry out projects at universities in Eastern Europe and China.

In line with the programme Robert Bosch Cultural Managers in Central and Eastern Europe fellows are sent for up to two years at cultural institutions in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, where they provide conceptual and organizational support.

The Johann Gottfried Herder Initiative is aimed at emeritus or retired German professors and university lecturers from all fields, who are interested in a long-term teaching experience at a guest university, and who are willing to lend their experience to the improvement of university education and the development of a cooperation with foreign universities.

Funding programme of VolkswagenStiftung

VolkswagenStiftung supports postdocs in the humanities with its funding initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA. The programme affords the possibility to research at an elite university in the United States and Germany.

Awards and Honours

Research Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards different research prizes for top-rank researcher.

With the Humboldt Research Award researchers are granted for their entire achievements whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline.

Excellent scientists of all nationalities who are expected to continue producing outstanding academic achievements in international collaboration are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck Research Award.

The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award is directed at internationally renowned scientists who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements which will have a seminal influence on their discipline in future beyond their immediate field of work.

Foreign partner organisations of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants Research Awards for top researchers from Germany.

Scientific Prizes of the German Research Association

The German Research Association awards prizes for outstanding research achievements.

Der Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize is awarded to young researchers.

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award features outstanding research achievements.

The Communicator Prize – Science Prize of the Stifterverband receive academics who have communicated their research findings to the public with exceptional dedication.

The von Kaven Awards are directed to mathematicians working in the European Community.

The Bernd Rendel Prize is granted to young qualified geoscientists who do not yet hold a doctorate.

The Albert Maucher Award is assigned for geoscientists who get research findings with funds provided by the German Research Association.

The Ursula M. Händel-Prize recognises scientists who have made exemplary and sustained efforts to improve the welfare of animals in research.

With the Copernicus Award every two years two researchers are honoured, one in Germany and one in Poland, for outstanding achievements in German-Polish scientific cooperation, in particular for promoting young researchers.

The Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize is given to Japanese and German scientists who serve to promote research and understanding for the respective other country.

Research Awards and Honours of Further Institutions

The German Academic Exchange Service awards the DAAD-Prize for outstanding achievements to foreign students.

The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations grants annually the Rave Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy to honour an outstanding thesis or dissertation in the field of foreign cultural policy and to provide an incentive for further research in this field.

The Robert Bosch Foundation honours with the German-French Journalism Prize high quality journalism and especially valuable contributions by German and French journalists in the areas of radio, television, print media, and the internet.

The Prix de l'Académie de Berlin is awarded yearly to people or projects that, in a special way, have contributed to the enlivening and deepening of the cultural relationships between Germans and French.

Further Institutions and Foundations

German Humanities Institutes Abroad



German Archaeological Institute



German Society for International Cooperation



Max Planck Society



Fulbright Kommission



German-Czech Zukunftsfond



Helmholtz Association



Fritz Thyssen Foundation



Volkswagen Foundation



German National Academic Foundation



Friedrich Ebert Foundation



Friedrich Naumann Foundation



Hans Böckler Foundation



Hanns Seidel Foundation



Heinrich Böll Foundation



Konrad Adenauer Foundation



Rosa Luxemburg Foundation


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