Research stays and visits

A research stay in Germany can last from one month to five years and is usually tied to a specific research project and a collaborating institute.

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It can enable you to realise your own research project at a university or a non-university research institute or be organised within the framework of an international partnership.

In any event, it will increase your experience and expand your horizons. These temporary research stays receive funding – especially within the framework of international collaborations and through the award of prizes or grants.

How do I find a host institution?

Short research visits or stays by international postdoctoral scholars are basically possible at all universities and research institutions. The prerequisites are contact with the host institution and its willingness to accept the visiting researcher. You can search for contact persons at German higher education institutions using our overview of research organisations or by using different databases:

Overview of research organisations

Overview of research organisations

The large non-university research organisations also support cooperation with researchers from foreign universities and research organisations. The Max Planck Society, for example, welcomes some 6,000 visiting and junior researchers from over 50 countries as guests at its facilities every year. More Overview of research organisations

Search engine for higher education institutions

Search engine for higher education institutions

The German Rectors’ Conference has compiled a database containing contact details for all German higher education institutions as well as information on the study programmes and doctoral programmes they offer and international links.The database is available in English and German. www.hochschulkompass.de Search engine for higher education institutions

Search for Research Institutes

Search for Research Institutes

This online database gives you access to over 22,000 German university and non universitary research institutes. www.research-explorer.de Search for Research Institutes

Can I receive financial support for my research stay?

German institutions have a great interest in international cooperation. Stays of international researchers in Germany are funded with special research grants irrespective of whether they involve visits to a non-university research facility, a German higher education institution or a research-oriented company. Here you find more information:

Funding and fellowships for Postdocs

Funding and fellowships for Postdocs

Outstanding international postdoctoral scholars with good degrees, publications in prestigious specialist journals, relevant research experience or excellent research proposals can also receive support in the shape of fellowships and prizes. More Funding and fellowships for Postdocs