Funding instruments to foster international mobility

You plan to initiate an international project and need initial funding? Or, you are interested in a stipend/grant/scholarship for scientists, PhD-students or PostrDocs? In the following we will introduce you to some of the most important funding agencies and research organizations, who offer special programmes for international mobility.

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Funding institutions

International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF
The International Bureau advises German institutions on the subject of international research cooperation and provides financial support for the development of new contacts and collaborations. On their webpages you also will find the regularly published open calls for funding regulations for relevant funding programmes. 

Helmholtz Association
The Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific research organisation. It performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. Scientists at Helmholtz concentrate on researching the highly-complex systems which determine human life and the environment.

Helmholtz promotes the international collaboration by several funding instruments. To extend existing cooperations the Helmholtz-Association operates representations in different countries: Belgium/European Commission (Helmholtz-Office Brussels), China (Helmholtz-Office Beijing) and Russia (Helmholtz-Office Moscow). They provide help for scientific partners from Helmholtz and the respective countries to establish contacts, to promote joint projects and to foster the exchange of scientists.

German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars.  Among others, the DAAD’s programmes encourage outstanding young students and academics from abroad to come to Germany for study and research visits and qualify young German researchers and professionals at the very best institutions around the world in a spirit of tolerance and openness.