Research stays and visits

two researchers in conversation

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

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.

This overview shows how many international researchers visit the different kinds of host institutions in Germany:

How do I find a host institution?

Short research visits or stays by international 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:

International university cooperation

The German Rectors’ Conference offers a database that contains information on 33,000 international collaborations with German universities. You will also find the profiles, postal and Internet addresses of higher education institutions in Germany here.

Research directory of over 25,000 institutes

GERiT – German Research Institutions – is a website containing information on approx. 25,000 research institutions in Germany. GERiT allows the user to search easily by location or subject. It provides all the information needed to choose an institution at which to research, study or do a doctorate.

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 will find more information: