Research stays and visits

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 may 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.

Two researchers at DZNE-Bonn.

This overview shows you which funding organisations support international guest researchers during their stay in Germany:

International guest researchers 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 35,000 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 29,000 institutes
GERiT – German Research Institutions – is a website containing information on approx. 29,000 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.

Research organisations 
Where can I conduct research? Scientists and researchers are welcome guests and cooperation partners not only at universities, but also at non-university research institutes.
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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:

Funding & awards

Can you win people over with your expertise, experience and research ideas? German research funding organisations award prizes and fellowships to support international researchers.