Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Germany for Senior Academics/Faculty


The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) facilitates 2-6 week visits by 10 American professors each year to host institutions worldwide in order for them to lecture on various topics relating to Science and Technology. Lecturer activities can include short-term lecturing, seminars, training, and conferences and workshop participation. Both individuals and institutions can apply. In order to become eligible as an individual, American professionals must apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a 5 year term. In order to become eligible as an institution, the school must submit project applications.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Key Dates: Four upcoming opportunities for submission:  (1) October 28, 2013, (2) December 23, 2013, (3) February 18, 2014, (4) April 14, 2014. Applicants are typically notified of their success within two month after application submission.


Mercator Fellowships enable long-term research projects to be carried out between German and foreign researchers. The Mercator Fellow will have access to Fellowship resources for up to 36 months. Fellows will only be abroad for part of the project, but will be in contact with the project team members during and beyond project execution. Applications must be submitted in the form of third party nominations. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: The German Research Foundation (DFG) 

Key Dates: Check web site for updated information.


Study Visits are awarded to research groups of 10-15 to visit German research institutions, make connections with local academics, and gain insight into the German scientific industry. Funding for Study Visits can be provided for visits lasting between 7-12 days, but travel itself must be independently organized and carried out by the group. Applicants must be doctoral students at the time of program commencement. Funding can be secured for one university teacher as group leader. Proficiency in German is required

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadlines for upcoming rounds are: (1) February 1, 2014, (2) May 1, 2014, (3) November 1, 2014



The Robert Bosch Junior Professorship is awarded each year to one academic to be used for independent research purposes over a period of 5 years at a German university or research institute. Research should center on sustainable use of natural resources. Scientists of all nationalities are eligible. Research approaches may be based in the natural sciences as well as in the social, developmental, political, and medical and public health sciences. The research should focus on developing and emerging countries. If the applicant so wishes, the foundation may support him or her in negotiating a tenure track option at the host institution.

Agencies Involved: The Robert Bosch Stiftung

Key Dates: 2014 application deadline TBA


Each year, the Fraunhofer Attract Grant offers 10-20 academics the opportunity to develop research projects within a Fraunhofer institute. Each scientist is awarded 2.5 million Euro to be used to lead a group of 3-5 colleagues over the course of 5 years. Research should focus on the generation of intellectual property (IP). Any funds left over after the project completion can be put toward extension of the program.

Agencies Involved: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Key Dates: Application deadline is October 18th, 2013.


The DLR (Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space) partners with DAAD to offer this unique award. The DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships is open to doctoral, post-doctoral students, and senior scientists. DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer the opportunity for academics to conduct research at the DLR in Germany. DLR-DAAD Fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each individual fellowship carries different requirements and terms. The length of the fellowship for doctoral students is 36 months, for post-doctoral students 6-24 months; and for senior scientists, 1-3 months

Agencies Involved: Deutsches Zentrum fÜr Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Programs vary. Check website to select your program of interest.


The Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders was created with the aim of giving former DAAD awardees a way to maintain scientific contact with Germany. Re-invitations are open to former DAAD Research Grant or Study Scholarship holders who received funding for more than 6 months, and former DDR (East German) Scholarship holders who studied in Germany for at least 1 year. Former awardees must have been back in their home country for at least three years in order to qualify for the Programme. The Re-Invitation awards funding for research and working projects taking place at German universities and research institutions under the guidance of German host supervisors.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Programme available for periods of 1-3 months, with country-specific timetables listed on the DAAD.


The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation’s Plus 3 program aims to support junior researchers working in the fields of medicine, biology and chemistry. The program is lasts between 36-60 months, after which the candidate can apply for extension, rendering them eligible for professorial appointment.

Agencies Involved: Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation

Key Dates: 2014 application deadline TBA


The primary aim of both the Heisenberg Programme and the Heisenberg Professorship is to support young academics who are already eligible for professorships and who have additionally distinguished themselves through particularly outstanding academic achievements. Both programs are awarded annually to young academics interdisciplinarily and internationality, and are available for a maximum of five years per winner. Candidates must provide proof of eligibility for appointment to professorship by means of qualification to teach in higher education institutions. Age limit for applicants is 40 years. Winners of the award will be expected to aim for a subsequent scientific career in Germany.

Agencies Involved: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Applications accepted year-round


The target candidate for the Lichtenberg Professorship is the young, published, post-doctoral academic. The program lasts for a maximum of eight years, and is given each year to 10 academics with a focus on research in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Medicine. The Program commences with a 5-year sponsorship, after which an evaluation is made, and the winner is instructed on how to proceed. Candidates should have doctorate degrees and 2-3 years of research experience by the time of grant application. Academics returning from abroad are preferred.

Agencies Involved: Volkswagen Foundation

Key Dates: Professorship can last for up to 8 years Application deadline is January 11 of each year.


The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship enables award winners to carry out long-term research at universities and research institutions in Germany. Nominations can be made by German universities and research institutions. Applications must be submitted in the form of third party nominations. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Key Dates: The closing dates for submitting applications are 15 April and 15 October annually.


The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award is granted to 20 young, foreign academics annually. Candidates must have received a doctoral degree within the past 18 years. Award winners carry out projects with German research teams for periods of 6 months to 1 year.

Agencies Involved: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Key Dates: Applications are accepted year-round, and are reviewed twice a year for six months.


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation administers the Humboldt Research Award to 100 researchers annually. Winners of the award are invited to cooperating on a long-term research project at local institutions for periods of 6 months to 1 year in Germany. The award agency particularly encourages the nomination of female academics. Applications must be submitted in the form of third party nominations. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Key Dates: Applications are accepted year-round, and are reviewed twice a year (spring and autumn) for six months.


The Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists Program awards grants and scholarships to foreign academics and scientists working in higher education institutions or at research institutes. Chosen candidates execute research projects in Germany at state (public) or state-recognized higher education institutions or non-university research institutes. Applicants must be working in higher education institutions or research institutes in their home country.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Program runs 1-3 months. Dates for respective countries listed on DAAD websites


The Reinhart Koselleck Project aims to provide research abilities in Germany to researchers of all nationalities and disciplines in the form of funding for projects of particular innovation or high risk. Scientists and scholars at institutions of education and non-university research institutions eligible to apply. 

Agencies Involved: The German Research Foundation (DFG) 

Key Dates: Program runs 5 years. No submission deadlines apply.


Every year, the Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society grant two research awards to one researcher working abroad and one researcher working in Germany. Awards go to exceptionally highly-qualified German and foreign scientists and scholars who have already achieved international recognition and who are in pursuit of academic achievements in international collaboration. Call for nominations rotate on an annually-alternating basis between the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences and humanities. The Max Planck Research Award 2013 will be awarded to researchers the life sciences, and will deal with the subject: “The impact of climate change on ecosystems.”

Agencies Involved: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society

Key Dates: Award funding may be used over a period of 3-5 years. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2014.



The Lecture and Research Program awards 35 grants each year to junior and senior faculty members sponsors lecturing and/or completing research stays for a duration of 1-2 semesters (or 2-10 months). Applicants are required to have established contacts and solicited invitations to host institutions in Germany in anticipation of awards.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission


Key Dates: Application deadline is August 1 annually for the following September


DAAD offers grants for one to three months in all academic disciplines to scholars at US and Canadian institutions of higher education to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany. Grants are awarded for specific research projects and cannot be used for travel only, attendance at conferences or conventions, editorial meetings, lecture tours or extended guest professorships. Scholars at United States or Canadian universities or research institutions who hold the Ph.D. (or equivalent) and have been working in research or teaching full time for at least two years at the time of application and after receipt of the doctorate are eligible. Applicants should possess adequate knowledge of the German language to carry out the proposed research. Applicants may not hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German or German-American organization concurrently for the same project.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadline October 15, 2013 (postmark)

For North American guest lecturers to be hosted at German universities. This program serves to strengthen the internationalization of the educational experience for scholars, host institutions, and students by welcoming educators from North America to university campuses in Germany for guest lectureships. The advent of international degree programs, as well as the distinguished traditional curricula at German universities, Fachhochschulen, and arts colleges, provide myriad opportunities for professors from Canada and the United States to contribute their topical expertise and teaching methods. This program is open to highly qualified scholars in all disciplines who hold a doctorate or other terminal degree, and have an affiliation with a higher education institution. Exceptionally talented experts in their field who are not full-time educators have also been considered.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadline January 15, 2014 (for Wintersemester October 2014- February 2015); July 15, 2014 (for Sommersemester March - July 2015)


The DAAD offers up to ten grants to faculty members in all academic fields except German Studies, German Language and Literature, and German Translation and Interpretation to attend intensive language courses at various Goethe-Institut locations in Germany. Four-week courses are offered year-round. Scholars who hold a PhD (or equivalent) and have been working in research or teaching full-time at a university or research institution in the United States or Canada for at least two years after receipt of the doctorate are eligible. Applicants must have a basic knowledge of German and be able to demonstrate a need for acquiring a better proficiency in the German language for their future studies or research. Applicants should not have previously studied in a German-speaking country for more than two months and/or received a grant to attend a German language course from DAAD or any other organization within the last three years.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Applications postmarked January 31, 2014 or earlier will be accepted; those with later postmarks cannot be processed. The results of the competitions are usually announced in early April. 


The DAAD Short Term Lectureship program provides financial support in the process of hosting German guest lecturers at North American universities. This program seeks to facilitate exchange in the purest purpose of education, teaching, so that German educators who spearhead developments in pedagogy or their own particular disciplines can share their knowledge, skills, and experiences with the students on campuses in the United States and Canada. Its aims are to promote academic activity in specialized fields, help fill curricular gaps, or act as a stimulus for teaching and research. This program is open to all academic disciplines, for lectureship durations of four weeks to six months.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed four times a year. The remaining two upcoming reivew dates for this year are as follows: (1) October 10, 2013, (2) December 12, 2013


DAAD offers financial support for subject-related academic information visits to Germany organized by faculty members for groups of students. Group Study Visit grants are intended to encourage contact with academic institutions, groups and individuals in Germany, and offer insight into current issues in the academic, scientific, economic, political and cultural realms. All departments are eligible for this funding. The visit should be organized and arranged entirely by the home institution and should have a meaningful relationship to its curriculum. The group should consist of 10 to 15 students (plus one accompanying faculty member) affiliated with an accredited US and Canadian university. The students should be at the Bachelor's and Master's level. The trip should be for 7 to 12 days, although the visits themselves may last longer. Participants may be drawn from more than one institution.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadline November 1 (for trips commencing between March 1 and June 1 of the following year); February 1 (for trips commencing between June 1 and September 1 of the same year); May 1 (for trips commencing no earlier than September 1 of the same year)



After the successful implementation of RISE in North America 2009 and 2010 - in which DAAD supported 200 projects by funding undergraduate German students to serve as research assistants - the program is returning in an extended version - RISE worldwide - in 2011. Students in the early stages of their studies who have an excellent background in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, and related disciplines, including earth sciences, and the ambition to work abroad and gain hands-on research experience in their fields will be matched with researchers worldwide who wish to engage in a meaningful cooperation with a young German research assistant. DAAD will support these short-term summer internships by awarding scholarships to successful applicants to help cover part of the living and travel costs. Participating researchers receive invaluable assistance with their own work. They profit both professionally and personally from contact with the RISE worldwide interns by getting a chance to deepen their knowledge of the culture, lifestyle and higher education system in Germany. PhD students are especially encouraged to participate because they, in particular, can benefit by learning how to guide and serve as a mentor to younger students. The program also offers an excellent opportunity to establish academic partnerships with universities in Germany or to intensify already existing transatlantic networks. Research groups interested in hosting a German research assistant in the summer of 2010 are invited to participate in RISE worldwide and to submit project proposals.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Researchers from accredited universities and non-profit research institutions register online and submit internship offers, including a one to three page project description, from October 7, 2013 through November 24, 2013. DAAD posts the internship offers in a database on its website.


DAAD invites scientists and administrators from universities and research institutions to participate in a tour with focus on interdisciplinary research in a scientific topic. For the coming year, the tour will take place between January 19-24, 2014 and hold the theme, "Living in a Digital World Artificial Intelligence and Visual/Multimodal Computing”.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates Application deadline September 29, 2013

DAAD invites scientists and administrators from universities and research institutions to participate in a tour with focus on interdisciplinary research in a scientific topic (which changes every year).


A Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad, who completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago1 to spend extended periods of research (6-18 months; may be divided up into a maximum of three blocks) in Germany. Candidates are expected to have their own, clearly defined research profile. This means they should usually be working at least at the level of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Group Leader or be able to document independent research work over a number of years.

Scientists and scholars from all disciplines and countries may apply.

Agencies Involved: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Key Dates: Applications may be submitted at any time.