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Research in Germany

You’re thinking about doing research in Germany?

Germany is an excellent choice to carry out a research project and to get in touch with the German and international scientific community! Germany is attractive for scientists and scholars from abroad wanting to further their research. Internationally, Germany occupies a leading position in science and research. German universities offer excellent research opportunities in an open interaction with German and international colleagues. This will help you build up your own professional network with contacts not only in Germany, but in other Europe1631an countries and beyond.

Research in Germany is carried out on the highest international level. So far, German Scientists have received a total of 84 Nobel Prizes for their achievements in the field of natural sciences, including 32 in chemistry, 29 in physics, and 22 in medicine or physiology.

Today in Germany money is invested into research like never before: Around 45 billion Euro is put into research and development every year. Consequently, science and research are obvious components of public life all over Germany: More than 300 universities, several hundred research centres located throughout the country and dozens of research-supporting organisations make Germany an ideal place to carry out research. Germany is one of the favourite destinations for the world’s best and brightest.

In its capacity as the largest German support organisation in the field of international academic cooperation, the DAAD, with considerable public funds at its disposal, is committed to support research by its scholarship programme. Furthermore, the worldwide network of DAAD Representatives is available to assist you in learning more about DAAD’s activities in the different regions in the world.

To help you get access to German partners in research, we have selected some useful online resources:

Research in Germany
What can you actually do where and who with?
This site focuses on Germany’s role as a research location. Jointly operated by German higher education and research institutions, this website aims to encourage researchers from all over the world to undertake a stay in Germany. It offers a general overview about the research environment in Germany including research institutions, sponsoring organizations and useful tips regarding a research stay in Germany. This website provides a central gateway for researchers from all levels.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is among the most important research foundations for international scientists. The foundation awards up to 500 research fellowships annually to highly qualified foreign scholars, enabling them to undertake long-term periods of research in Germany. Researchers from all nations and from all fields of research can apply for the fellowships.

Euraxess — The Researcher’s Mobility Portal Germany
The German Mobility Centre at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is part of a network of mobility centres in the EU Member States. The Mobility Centre’s purpose is to provide information and assistance to international scientists and scholars coming to Germany to work in research. The Mobility Centre offers general information on a variety of topics related to research and offers comprehensive information on the German research landscape.

Research Explorer — Where to do research
Finding a suitable host for your research stay in Germany isn’t made easy by the sheer amount of possibilities. That’s why the DAAD and the DFG have created a fully searchable database for just this purpose.

Leibniz Association
Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.
The Leibniz Association is a research organisation made up of 79 non-university research institutes and service facilities in Germany. The research work carried out and services provided by the institutes range from regional infrastructure research and economics through research projects in the area of social sciences to natural sciences, engineering and environmental research. The Leibniz institutes are demand-oriented, interdisciplinary centres of competence, which regard themselves as cooperation partners for industry, public administration and politics; scientific cooperation with universities is particularly close and intensive.

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science
Max Planck Gesellschaft
A special effort is made to promote young scientists in the Independent Junior Research Groups within the Max Planck Society. Here, talented young scientists, who have excelled in their respective fields, are given a chance of qualifying for top positions in the scientific field as part of a five-year fixed-term research program. As of now, there are more than 40 Independent Junior Research Groups in the Max Planck Society. In addition, about 3000 guest scientists and visiting scholars a year work at the Max Planck Institutes.

German Research Foundation
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
One of the most important aims of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is to promote young scientists and scholars. As the “central institute of self-administration for Science”, the DFG annually promotes 20,000 research projects and awards fellowships to foreign scholars.

Hermann von Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
The Hermann von Helmholtz Association is the biggest science organisation in Germany, funded mainly by the federal government. The numerous Helmholtz centres conduct research in fields relevant for the future of society, e.g. health, the environment, energy, traffic, materials, space flight and key technologies.

Fraunhofer Society
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
The Fraunhofer Society is the leading organisation for institutes of applied research in Europe, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector and the government. At present, the organisation maintains 80 research establishments at 40 locations throughout Germany. Typical research fields in Fraunhofer’s own centres include communications, energy, microelectronics, manufacturing, transport and the environment. By the way: Did you know, that Fraunhofer Society developed the MP3-format?

Research centres in Germany
This site of the BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research) provides you with an overview of what research centres there are in Germany.

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