Welcome to Germany

Welcome to Germany

Want to spend some time in Germany? How about studying, doing research or teaching there? Take a look for information about study and research programmes, grants, scholarships and other possibilities for support: click the links for helpful tips for an enjoyable and rewarding stay in Germany.

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About Germany (more)

The German Federal Foreign Office introduces you to German politics, culture and traditions.

This portal of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) tells you about university studies in Germany and about German culture and daily life in Germany.

This website gives a wide range of basic facts and figures on Germany. It provides a good insight into all aspects of modern German life.

"Germany - Land of Ideas" is a joint campaign by the German Government and German industry to enhance Germany's image worldwide.

The German Studentenwerk (student services) provides comprehensive information for prospective students and foreign students.

Useful information about Germany: where to go, what to see, what to do.

Employment, insurance (more)

Do you need a visa? What about German social security? All you need to know to live and work in Germany.

This Federal Foreign Office webpage tells you how to find work in Germany and gain entry to the German job market.

This website explains the German Social Security system.

This web portal tells you how to get your professional and academic qualifications recognized in Germany.

EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal, is a network for cooperation between the European Commission and the Public Employment Services of the EEA Member States. The purpose of EURES is to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services for the benefit of both workers and employers, as well as for any European citizen wishing to benefit from the guaranteed free movement of persons within Europe.

Learning German (more)

You do not have to know German to do research in Germany, but it helps a lot in daily life and gives you greater insight into German life, culture and traditions.

This DAAD website tells you why, where, and how best to learn German.

See this site for German courses available in your country.

Important Internet pages for chemists (more)

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
The German Chemical Society's online job market for chemists announces numerous jobs for doctoral candidates, post-doctoral job seekers and professors. The job market itself is published in German. However, many of our job offerings are published in English.

The online job market for professionals with a university education.

Information services for the chemical, analytical and laboratory industries.

Research and funding (more)

Learn all about doing research in Germany. Included are databases of research institutes and key information about grants and fellowships for both non-Germans wishing to come to Germany and Germans wanting to live abroad.

This internet portal is the first address for anyone interested in the German research landscape.

Learn about Germany's research funding system, its funding organizations and funding programmes.

Germany offers highly-qualified PhD students, junior researchers and senior scientists from all over the world outstanding working and career conditions.

GERiT – German Research Institutions – provides an overview of 25,000 research institutions in Germany.

The Compass of Higher Education (Hochschulkompass) provides extensive information on Germany's higher education institutions, the range of studies and programmes they offer, whom to contact locally, and the cooperating partners of higher education institutions around the world.

Euraxess Germany - the National Coordination Point at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research), is an information point for internationally mobile researchers wishing to come to Germany or to do research outside of Germany. This portal contains practical information about professional and daily life, and job and funding opportunities. 

The German Center for Research and Innovation provides information and support for the realization of collaborative projects between North American and German partners.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organization in the world for the international exchange of students and scholars. Its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Whether you're a non-German wishing to study in Germany or a German wanting to study abroad, this site has all you need to know.

This DAAD portal addresses North American university students, scholars, scientists and academics, and German scholarship students during their stay in North America.

A large variety of job openings and positions for doctoral students appears on the DAAD database PhDGermany.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation funds research fellowships and awards for outstanding scientists and scholars both in and outside of Germany. It aims to promote academic cooperation among high-level academics.

Learn all about the Sponsorship Programmes for Scientists and Scholars

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (German Research Foundation) is an independent organization for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities.

The DFG funds and coordinates individual research projects and collaborative research programmes that build up the capacities of host institutions. This site provides an overview of all programmes.

DFG's funding programmes particularly target support for young researchers.

This DAAD programme enables North American Masters and PhD students in biology, chemistry, engineering, geology and physics to gain sound practical experience in Germany.

The Fulbright Program provides exchanges between the United States and over 180 countries and territories worldwide. The largest of its exchanges worldwide is the German-American Fulbright Program, which focuses on student exchange, with academic year programmes for professors, lecturers and teaching assistants, and summer internship programmes for students.

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an international student exchange programme with partner agencies in more than 80 countries. It provides students in technical fields with paid, course-related, long- or short-term training abroad.  

Non-university research

Four major research organizations in Germany operate independently outside of the university sector:

Germany's 82 Max Planck Institutes serve the general public with basic research in the natural-, life- and social sciences and in the humanities. They offer a variety of jobs and career programmes for young scientists.

The Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization, with 18 research centres in Germany. It offers jobs and programmes for scientists at every stage of their educations and careers.

Fraunhofer’s core task is to carry out practical research in close cooperation with clients from industry and the public sector. With 67 institutes and research units, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest organization for applied research. It offers scientists both research grants and fellowships and various job opportunities.

The Leibniz Association connects 89 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and on to the humanities. These independent institutions offer a variety of professional positions.

Chemistry Research

Graduate Schools (GSC) were established at universities in the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. Their objective is to provide training and qualification for outstanding doctoral students from Germany and abroad within an excellent research environment. They serve as an instrument of quality assurance in promoting early career researchers and offer large networks that cover wide areas of research.

Graduate schools for chemistry:

Graduate School

University Further information

MAterials science IN mainZ" (MAINZ)

Mainz, Kaiserslautern

School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA) Berlin


Darmstadt Graduate School of Energy Science and Engineering Darmstadt www.ese.tu-darmstadt.de

Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology Konstanz

Konstanz www.chembiol.uni-konstanz.de

Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB)



Graduate School for Life Sciences (GSLS)



The Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Heidelberg



Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences

Munich, Planegg


International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) Munich www.igsse.tum.de

Clusters of Excellence (EXC) were established at universities in the framework of the German Excellence Initiative and promote cutting-edge research. Their objective is to engage in scientific networking and collaboration in research fields of particular promise for the future. They also offer excellent training conditions and career opportunities for early career researchers.

Excellence Clusters for Chemistry: 

Excellence cluster University Further information
Unifying Concepts in Catalysis TU Berlin https://www.unicat.tu-berlin.de/
Macromolecular Complexes in Action Frankfurt http://www.cef-mc.de/

Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM)



Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM)



BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies - from Analysis to Synthesis



Inflammation at Interfaces



Munich Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP)



The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI): Structure, Dynamics and Control of Matter at the Atomic Scale



RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation) - Understanding and Design of Solvent Controlled Processes



Engineering of Advanced Materials - Hierarchical Structure Formation for Functional Devices (EAM) FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg https://eam.fau.de/

Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) are organisational units established at universities which enable researchers to pursue an outstanding research programme crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties. The traditional Collaborative Research Centre is generally applied for by one university and is conducted by researchers of that university. Early career support is a key objective of the Collaborative Research Centre Programme. Early career researchers may get involved in a CRC in numerous ways, for example within the framework of an Integrated Research Training Group. Collaborative Research Centres are funded for a period of up to 12 years. 

Collaborative Research Centres 

Title University Further information
Functional Microgels and Microgel Systems RWTH Aachen www.microgels.de
From Particulate Nanosytems to Mesotechnology Bayreuth www.sfb840.uni-bayreuth.de
Understanding of Oxide/Water Systems at the Molecular Scale: Structural Evolution, Interfaces and Dissolution HU Berlin www.chemie.hu-berlin.de/forschung/sfb1109
Nanocarriers: Architecture, Transport and Tropical Applicaiton of Drugs for Therapeutic Use FU Berlin www.sfb1112.de/en
Multivalency as Chemical Organization and Action Principle: New Architectures, Functions and Applications FU Berlin www.sfb765.de
Synthetic Carbon Allotropes FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg www.sfb953.fau.de
Supramolecular Chemistry on Proteins Essen www.uni-due.de/crc1093  
Functionality Controlled by Organization in and between Membranes Göttingen www.sfb803.uni-goettingen.de
Function by Switching Kiel www.sfb677.uni-kiel.de
Nanodimensional Polymer Therapeutics for Tumour Therapy Mainz www.sfb1066.uni-mainz.de
Synergetic Effects in Chemistry - From Additivity towards Cooperativity Münster www.wwu.de/SFB858

Transregios (TRR) are Collaborative Research Centres in which up to three universities collaborate with each other and submit a joint application. The contributions of the cooperative partners are essential, complementary and synergetic to the joint research objective. Funding facilitates close, nationwide collaboration among the participating universities and researchers, as well as networking and shared use of resources. There is also the option of international Transregios. 

Collaborative Research Centres/Transregios

Title Universities Further information
Integrated Chemical Processes in Liquid Multiphase Systems (InPROMPT) Berlin
Polymers unter Multiple Constraints: Restricted and Controlled Molecular Order and Mobility Halle/Saale
Cooperative Effects in Homo- and Heterometallic Complexes Kaiserlautern
Multilevel Molecular Assemblies: Structure, Dynamics and Functions Münster
Beijing (China)
Droplet Dynamics under Extreme Ambient Conditions Stuttgart

Research Units often contribute to establishing new research directions. Research Units are made up of a team of researchers working together on a research project which is often of an interdisciplinary nature. Research units consist of several researchers and subprojects. The subprojects of a Research Unit are often located at several locations throughout Germany. Research Units are generally funded for up to six years.

Research Units

Title Funded since Further information
Multi-Functional Conversion of Chemical Species and Energy 2013 www.uni-due.de/for1993
Exploring the Dynamical Landscape of Biomolecular Systems by Pressure Perturbation 2013 www.ccb.tu-dortmund.de/fb03/for1979
funCOS - Funtional Molecular Structures on Complex Oxide Surfaces 2013 www.funcos.uni-erlangen.de
Light-Induced Dynamics in Molecular Aggregates 2012 www.for1809.uni-wuerzburg.de
Intermolecular and Interatomic Coulombic Decay 2012 www.icd.uni-frankfurt.de
Hydrogen-Bonded Liquids Subject to Interfaces of Various Hydroaffinities 2011 www.fkp.tu-darmstadt.de/groups/for_1583
Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites through Twin Polymerization 2011 www.zwipo.tu-chemnitz.de

Priority Programmes (SPP) have a programmatic focus and the purpose of advancing knowledge in an emerging field of research through collaborative networked support. They are characterised by their enhanced quality of research through the use of new methods and forms of collaboration in emerging fields. As a rule, one programme can consist of up to 30 individual subprojects located at several institutions across Germany; it usually has one coordinating person. Priority Programmes normally receive funding for a period of up to six years.

Priority Programmes

Title Funded since Further information
Control of London Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry 2015 www.uni-giessen.de/cms/fbz/fb08/dispersion
Reactive Bubbly Flows 2014 www.dfg-spp1740.de
Material Synthesis near Room Temperature 2014 www.low-temperature-synthesis.de
Regeneratively Produced Fuels by Light Driven Water Splitting: Investigation of Involved Elementary Processes and Prospects for Technological Implementation 2012 www.solarh2.tu-darmstadt.de
Porous Media with Defindes Pore Structure in Process Engineering - Modelling, Application, Synthesis 2011 http://gepris.dfg.de
Keyword: SPP 1570
Design and Generic Principles of Self-Healing Materials 2011 www.spp1568.uni-jena.de

Research Training Groups combine an ambitious research programme at universities with comprehensive training, tailored supervision and academic freedom to form an ideal environment for a successful doctorate. Research Training Groups can also have an interdisciplinary approach. They are funded for a period of up to nine years. 

Research Training Groups

Title University Further information
Fluorine as a Key Element: Discovering Innovative Synthetic Concepts to Generate Novel Molecules with Unique Properties

FU Berlin
HU Berlin

Complex Scenarios of Light-Control (CLiC) Frankfurt http://www.clic.uni-frankfurt.de/
Chemical Photocatalysis Regensburg http://www.chemie.uni-regensburg.de/, search Website for: GRK 1626
Medicinal Chemistry of Selective GPCR Ligands

FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Micro- and Nanostructures in Optoelectronics and Photonics (CeOPP) Paderborn https://pace.uni-paderborn.de/de/former-phd-programs/home-ceopp-rtg/

International Research Training Groups provide opportunities for joint doctoral training programmes between German universities and universities abroad. The research and study programmes are jointly developed and supervised. Doctoral students in the programme spend six months at the partner institution. 

International Research Training Groups 

Title Universities Further information
Alberta/Technical University of Munich International Graduate School for Environmentally Responsible Functional Hybrid Materials (ATUMS) Munich


New Trends in Molecular Activation and Catalysis Münster

Integrated Research Training Groups (within Clusters of Excellence or Collaborative Research Centres/Transregios) offer ideal research environments for doctoral researchers. The main aim of these structured training programmes is to provide young scientists and academics with opportunities to independently carry out research at an early stage of their career. The programmes further take care to closely integrate early career researchers into an academic network. Working in Clusters of Excellence or Collaborative Research Centres projects, doctoral researchers achieve additional qualifications. As research assistants in these projects, they contribute to the Research Centre’s success. They are closely involved with the projects and have access to the entire project infrastructure. 

Integrated Research Training Groups in Clusters of Excellence

Title University Further information
Graduate School Solvation Science Bochum www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/gss
Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering TU Berlin www.big-nse.tu-berlin.de
Graduate School Advanced Materials and Processes FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg https://eam.fau.de/graduate-school/



Integrated Research Training Groups in Collaborative Research Centres

Title University Further information
IRTG 'Nanocarriers' within: Nanocarriers: Architecture, Transport and Tropical Application of Drugs for Therapeutic Use FU Berlin www.sfb1112.de/en/Graduiertenkolleg
Integrated Research Training GRoup within: Nanodimensional Polymeric Therapeutics for Tumour Therapy Mainz www.sfb1066.uni-mainz.de
MGK - Integrated Research Training Group within: Functional Microgels and Microgel Systems Aachen www.microgels.rwth-aachen.de
Research Training 'Principles and Applications of Cooperative Effects' within: Synergetic Effetcs in Chemistry - From Additivity towards Cooperativity Münster www.wwu.de/SFB58
Research Training within: Function by Switching Kiel www.sfb677.uni-kiel.de
Integrated Research Training Group within: Multivalency as Chemical Organization and Action Principle: New Architectures, Functions and Applications FU Berlin www.sfb765.de/Graduiertenkolleg


Source: German Research Foundation (DFG), "Research in Germany Chemistry" (2015) here




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