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: The application deadline for the U.S. Administrators Seminar 2013 has expired. The application information and documents for the 2014 seminar will be available on the website of the CIES in due time.

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: Check website for updated information


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: Application deadline September 18, 2013

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: Check website for updated information


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: Information about the Berlin Capital Program 2013 will be announced on our website in the spring/summer of 2013.

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: Information about the Berlin Capital Program 2013 will be announced on our website in the spring/summer of 2013.


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:  Program runs for 10 months and begins in September


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: Calls for proposals are made 4 times annually. For 2013, the deadlines to apply are: December 10, 2012, March 4, 2013, June 3, 2013, and September 16, 2013.


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: 2014 application deadline TBA


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: 2014 application deadline TBA


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: Application deadline is October 18th, 2013.