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Funding programmes for returning academics

BY Bärbel Broer

For those plagued by homesickness or yearning for another country: German and international academics and researchers working abroad will find an overview of suitable funding programmes with brief information and links below.

EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion advises mobile researchers wishing to come to Germany or to go to another country to pursue their academic careers. A funding database is also available.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports German academics returning from abroad with their professional reintegration in Germany with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

To support reintegration into the German academic system, the German Research Foundation (DFG) provides its fellows with return scholarships upon submission of an additional application.

In 2012, the Daimler and Benz Foundation launched a new scholarship programme geared towards young postdoctoral academics. To assist on the path into academia, postdoctoral students and assistant professors are supported in the early stages of their academic work, as are young researchers in comparable positions (e.g. independent leaders of junior research groups).

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has set up a funding programme for outstanding talented young researchers returning from abroad. Talented young researchers working abroad thus have the opportunity to set up their own independent junior research group at a university of their choosing in North Rhine-Westphalia. The state provides up to 1.25million Euros for each group over a five-year period.

academics :: April 2014