Finding an academic host

Working in Europe | Career Development | Germany

Normally, it is up to the researcher to find a suitable host institute and host researcher. You know best what your particular research interests are and can judge which research institutions and researchers in Germany work in similar fields. In Germany it is common practice to contact researchers by letter and e-mail, even though you may not know them personally, and ask if they would be interested in cooperating.

We recommend that you use the following search engines to find suitable institutions and researchers in Germany:

  • Research Map
    The Research Map developed by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) details the key research priorities of higher education institutions. The Research Map allows you to search for the research areas that are of strategic institutional importance for each institution. The research areas can be searched by subject area and by region.
  • Research Explorer
    The Research Explorer, which was developed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in cooperation with the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), contains over 23,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions, searchable by geographic location, subject and other structural criteria.
    GEPRIS (German Project Information System) is an online database made available by the German Research Foundation (DFG] to provide information on current DFG-funded research projects. Please note that to date, project information is available mainly in the German language.