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As an international guest scientist together with your host at one of the NWVM member institutions you have the opportunity to get support concerning the funding opportunities (third-party funding) for your stay. This includes support for the actual application process. Please contact the Office for Guest Scientists if you have further questions.

The following selection gives you some key facts and links for additional information on a selection of different funding organizations.

  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. International scientists can apply for a research fellowship in order to research in Germany together with a host at a German research organization. International researchers from all disciplines can apply for Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researcher and for postdoctoral researchers anytime. The Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers and for postdoctoral researchers address scientists from developing and threshold countries especially. You can also search the foundation information on sponsorship by target group
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organization for international exchange worldwide. Besides different programmes for universities to apply for funding of collaborative international projects, DAAD also offers individual scholarships for international students and researchers. You can search the database of DAAD by country of origin, subject and status (undergraduate, graduates and postgraduates, PhDs or faculty). The database not only lists DAAD scholarships but many more also from other funding agencies.

  • For a broader overview of funding schemes “EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion“, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the countries participating in the European Union's Framework Programme for Research, offers a funding database which can be searched by country of origin, research area and/or type of funding programme.
    The database also lists the different EU Programmes for example the different “Marie-Curie Actions” ( NWVM support for international researchers - click here for more information (pdf)) which offer individual funding for international researchers (also for non-EU applicants).

  • The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the self-governing organization for science and research in Germany and also offers programmes for international cooperation for both, collaborative projects and individual research, for instance the Mercator-Fellowships to set up and pursue scientific exchange between researchers in Germany and abroad. This fellowship can be added as a module to several DFG funding programmes, researchers in Germany or at a German research institution abroad can apply for, namely DFG Research Grants, the Emmy Noether Programme, Research Units and Priority Programmes. Also DFG awards so-called “Grants to Support the Initiation of Cooperation”. Within this programme line three modules are available:  “Bilateral Workshops”, “Trips Abroad” and “Guest Visits”, thus enabling research stays of international scientists in Germany for up to three months.