Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Germany for Professionals


The Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education Program is a two-week group seminar awarded to 20 school administrators per year. The Seminar takes place in the fall and provides attendants with an introduction to German higher education, as well as peripheral engagements such as briefings, campus visits, and other cultural events in Berlin. Candidates must be school administrators.

Agencies Involved: German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Key Dates: Application deadline is February 2, 2015.


The Marie Curie Action is an action for young researchers, enabling research to be done with institutions in small groups between countries, within which projects are carried out for a length of up to 4 years. At least 2 EU countries must be represented in the partnership.

Agencies Involved: European Commission (EU)

Key Dates: The next proposal deadlines are September 11 and October 2, 2014.


The Berlin Capital Program invites 15 candidates to travel to Germany for a one-week journalism program conducted in English. The program consists of field-related seminars, presentations, and visits to important German media and German political and cultural institutions.

Agencies Involved: German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin

Key Dates: The deadline for this year's application has passed. Check the website for next year's program deadline.


The U.S. Young Journalist Program sends U.S. journalists to Germany for research purposes. The ten months are divided into: (1) the initial research phase, and (2) an internship phase with German media institutions. Applicants should have a working knowledge of German and background in the field. Project proposals required with application submission.

Agencies Involved: German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin, Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Application Deadline October 14, 2014


The Max Eder Young Investigator Programme is offered to post-doctoral and professional young oncologists either returning from abroad, or already in Germany but changing career track. The program is developed to establish scientific working groups within German research institutions. Each award is to be taken at a 5-10 year length, with phase 1 lasting up to 4 years, phase 2 up to 3 years. Applicants should be no older than 25, with a working knowledge of the German language.

Agencies Involved: The German Cancer Aid

Key Dates: Application deadline June 18, 2014 September 24, 2014


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: The deadline for this year's program has passed. Check the website for nex year's deadline.


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 Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) promotes international cooperation through the exchange of defense scientists and engineers (S&E). The program affords opportunities for U.S. military and civilian engineer and scientist personnel to work on-site in allied and friendly countries. Tours run for a period of 1-2 years, and can be preceded by a 6-month language training course. Candidates must have completed a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) field, and have relative experience. Currently, DoD has signed ESEP agreements with Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Agencies Involved: The Department of Defence

Key Dates: Contact Program Coordinator for application details.


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: 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: The deadline for this year's program application has passed. See website for next year's application deadline.