International Mobility

The following institutions and networks support internationally mobile scientists who either come from Germany or are interested in research in Germany. The below compilation may not be complete.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes scientific cooperation between foreign and German researchers. On the one hand, it awards research fellowships and prizes to researchers who come to Germany. On the other hand, the foundation supports scientists from Germany in their research projects abroad.


Federal Foreign Office

The Federal Foreign Office provides information on entry, visa requirements, residence regulations and many helpful information on working and researching in Germany.


Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs provides comprehensive information on the German labour market as well as labour law or labour protection issues. Furthermore, it is responsible for matters of social security in Germany and provides information on this topic, too.

In addition, the Ministry provides the information platform that offers information on living and working in Germany.


Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports the cross-european exchange of research and informs on its website about various initiatives and networks that promote this exchange.


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world's largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and scholars. Here you will find comprehensive information on funding opportunities, scholarships and return programs.


Germany Research Organization (DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

Europe's largest research funding organization serves science by providing financial support for research and encouraging collaboration among researchers. Funding includes single funding, coordinated programs, scientific awards and international awards.



The national information and counselling centre provides mobile researchers with information on funding opportunities, job vacancies and other mobility topics. Under the heading Dual Career you will find i.a. information about dual career services.

The DCNG and EURAXESS are cooperating.


German Academic International Network (GAIN)

The German Academic International Network (GAIN), based in New York, supports German scientists in North America who would like to get information on how to continue their careers in Germany and Europe. In addition to information and regional activities, the network organizes annual conferences alternately on the west and east coasts of the USA. Well-known actors, institutions and universities of the German higher education landscape are represented in this network. In lectures, workshops and at stands interested scientists have the opportunity to find out about opportunities for return and have the chance to make valuable contacts.

The GAIN networks supports the activities of DCNG.


German Scholars Organization e.V. (GSO)

The GSO, based in San Francisco and Berlin, was founded in 2003 by German scientists and company representatives. The aim of the GSO is to network German researchers who live and work abroad, to awaken their interest in working in Germany and to pave their way back to Germany. Thus, the GSO strengthens the science and business location Germany, counteracts the shortage of skilled workers in Germany and promotes the international exchange of scientists and ideas in the sense of a "brain circulation".