Research funding

Germany places great emphasis on globally networked research cooperation. Many organisations support international researchers and academics: more than 43,000 international researchers are currently being supported with scholarships. Furthermore, research funding in Germany is intended to finance the development of new ideas and technologies. This encompasses everything from basic research in natural sciences and new technologies to structural research funding at institutions of higher education.

Funding programmes and awards

Here you find a wide selection of funding programmes by various funding organisations for international academics and researchers – for graduates, doctoral students, postdocs and senior scientists. 

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Funding organisations

Research funding in Germany is provided by government bodies, various organisations and foundations, including many of the large non-university research institutions, and industry.

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Funding databases

Search for a wide range of funding programmes for international PhD students, postdocs and established researchers.

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