You would like to improve your international teaching and research profile and are planning to attend a congress or workshop, or are interested in working as a visiting lecturer at a foreign university? There are various programmes available which offer funding and financial support for a period abroad in another European country or in countries outside Europe. Useful information for researchers wishing to pursue their research career in Europe (including visas, insurance, etc.) can be found on the EURAXESS website.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers current country information and the Internationale DAAD-Akademie (German only) offers a range of seminars on preparing for a period of time abroad, e.g. language courses, workshops on regional skills and about the internationalization of teaching.

Arab World

DAAD German-Arabic short-term measures (with partner universities in Tunisia, Marocco, Libya, Jordan and Yemen)
The goal of the programme is to build and increase academic contacts between German universities and universities from the target countries in order to actively improve teaching and training in the partner country. Funding is offered for short-term measures/events such as courses in specific subjects, summer schools, orientation trips, workshops, seminars or conferences in the target countries or similar events in Germany with Arab participants, giving precedence to those from the main target countries. Research, teaching and exchange semesters by students, academics and university staff from the target countries to German universities or vice versa, which are carried out as a short-term measure will also be funded. Funding is mainly given for mobility. Funding for material and personnel costs will be given in the required amount. For application deadlines, please see the announcement.


German-French Workshops
The German-French University (DFH) supports the setting up of German-French workshops for young scientists with the goal of building a network of young scientists and the development of an German-French intercultural scientific dialogue. The German-French workshops aim to promote intercultural exchange between German and French scientists on a scientific theme or a relevant and innovative interdisciplinary approach. Applications can be made on an ongoing basis but must be submitted to the DFH at latest 3 months before the start of the event.


Alexander-von-Humboldt Scholarship: JSPS postdoctoral research scholarship
The research scholarship offered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers German scientists the opportunity to pursue collaborative research with an academic host at a university or national research institute in Japan. The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (short-term) funds research stay of 1-12 months in Japan for postdoctoral students of all disciplines. Yearly up to 20 short-term JSPS postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded. Research periods of 12-24 months are funded with the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (standard).


Fulbright Scholarship
The Fulbright Commission awards a total of 20 travel scholarships annually for post-doctoral scientists who are planning a teaching or research stay of minimum 1-3 months at an academic institution in the USA. Funding is not available for attendance at scientific congresses, visits and lecture tours, training courses and research projects in the area of human medicine, or scientific group tours. Applications must be submitted to the Fulbright Commission at least 6 months before departure.   

Fulbright Scholarship for PhD students
Funding is available to doctoral students in all disciplines for research work carried out in connection with a dissertation project. It is expected that the scholarship holders will return to their home university upon completion of the research stay in order to complete their doctoral work. Periods of stay in the USA which are aimed at preparing for a later doctorate cannot be funded. Therefore funding does not cover regular enrollment in an academic programme at the American guest university or the refund of any study or university administration fees. The programme is available all year and applications can be submitted until 1 March for a stay beginning from September, and by 1 July for a stay beginning from January.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Feodor Lynen Research Scholarship
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation funds research stays abroad for experienced researchers and highly-qualified young German scientists in all disciplines. This scholarship funds research stays for a) postdoctoral students (6-24 months) and b) experienced scientists (6-18 months dividable into up to 3 individual periods). The amount of the scholarship varies depending on the country of destination and personal situation. Participation in the financing of the scholarship by the host will be sought. Applications can be made at any time through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Scholarships are awarded by the foundation selection committee in February, June and October

With this scholarship, the foundation is funding doctoral and post-doctoral students who are carrying out experimental projects in biomedical basic research for which they need to learn clearly defined methods important for their current research and for the work of their lab. Thus the scholarship supports participation in practical courses or periods of research spent in another laboratory. Funding is available to European researchers who wish to carry out research either within or outside Europe, or non-European researchers who wish to carry out research in Europe. Funding is available for periods of up to 3 months. Applications can be submitted at any time, however at latest 6 weeks before the planned departure.

DAAD: Johann Gottfried Herder-Programme for retired university lecturers
Das Johann Gottfried Herder Programme supports and coordinates the involvement of retired German university lecturers at foreign universities worldwide which has been implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2014. It is aimed at retired German university lecturers in all disciplines and in some exceptional cases, at retired managers from business and administration, who are interested in a long-term (min. one semester) teaching period at a guest university. Applications from lecturers should be submitted by 30 September or the 28 February.

DAAD: Congresses and Lecture tours
With Foreign Ministry funds the DAAD supports the active participation of scientists in foreign congresses and lecture tours abroad. Funding is available for PhD graduates and doctoral students who are integrated into the German academic system and who intend to live in Germany in the long term future. Funding for congress trips makes possible active participation in an official international scientific event such as a congress or symposium abroad. The support is made up of the relevant DAAD fixed travel expense rate, a subsidy for daily costs and a fixed stay rate for the length of participation in the event. Applications must be submitted to the DAAD at latest 4 months before the first day of the congress.

The lecture tour funding series aims to enable scientists to accept written invitations from foreign colleagues or scientific institutions in order to report on their own current research results and scientific work and to exchange experiences with scientists in the host country. A subsidy in the amount of the relevant DAAD fixed travel expense rate will be paid for lecture tours. Applications for funding must be submitted at latest one month before travel.

DAAD: Short and long-term docentships at a foreign university
Through the "Coordination Office for German Academics abroad in the DAAD" (Vermittlungsstelle für deutsche Wissenschaftler im Ausland im DAAD) the DAAD supports and coordinates long and short-term docentships at foreign universities with Foreign Ministry funds.

A short-term docentship at a foreign university must normally be for a period of at least 4 weeks and no longer than 6 weeks. Applications for funding for a short-term docentship can be made at any time, however at least 10 weeks before the quarterly meeting of the Selection Committee.

The teaching period for a long-term docentship at a foreign university must exceed 6 months. Funding is available for up to 5 years. Long-term docentships at international universities are coordinated through the "Coordination Office for German Academics Abroad in the DAAD" (Vermittlungsstelle für deutsche Wissenschaftler im Ausland im DAAD) and are published in Die Zeit.

DAAD programmes for project-related exchanges for individuals (PPP)
To strengthen academic relationships and collaborative research between German and foreign institutions, the DAAD supports in the PPP Programmes, collaborative binational research projects. Project funds are meant to cover the mobility costs which are incurred in the research project for German participants and in particular are aimed at allowing young scientists to spend a research period at a foreign partner institution. The programme funds the mobility of scientists, university teachers, (post)doctoral students and master's graduates in all disciplines in project-related collaborations. The application deadlines can be found in the announcement.

DAAD: Study and research stays in connection with bilateral scientific exchange programmes
The DAAD can fund scientists with PhDs who work at universities and research institutes, for a study or research stay at a foreign university or research institute through cultural exchange programmes and other bilateral agreements with institutions abroad. Depending on the responsibilities and political funding priorities of the foreign partner, scientific exchange can be limited in individual programmes to particular institutions and/or disciplines. Funding is available for study and research stays of minimum 14 days or (in some countries) 3 or 4 weeks up to a maximum of 3 months. Application deadllines/ lead times for each host country can be found in the announcement.

German Research Community (DFG)
The DFG funds various international schemes and collaborative projects which aim to promote the international mobility of scientists to and from Germany and the internationalization of German universities. The following is a selection of these funded initiatives:

Funding applications can be made for foreign trips, guest stays or bilateral workshops to Promote international cooperation. The Mercator Fellows Programme makes intensive and sustainable exchange between scientists possible through research projects at home and abroad. Through a DFG direct procedure, the DFG makes it possible to apply for Collaborative research with project partners in developing countries. The Max Kade Scholarship funds research stays for natural scientists and medical doctors from Germany in the USA.