International Office

Regional coordination Europe

Christa Weers

+49(0)441 798-2438

Regional coordination Africa, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia

Roman Behrens

+49(0)441 798-4266

Regional coordination North and Latin America

Jessica Janßen

+49 (0)441 798-4668

Department for Research and Transfer

Dr. Anne Clausen

+49 441 798-4333

Funding of international mobility and cooperation

The regional coordinators of the International Office will support you with project applications (e.g. DAAD or MWK) focussing primarily on international mobility and cooperation. They can recommend suitable funding programs for your projects and advise you on the application process.
Along with international cooperation agreements and projects, the exchange and mobility of international and local scientists, researchers, and academic teaching staff is a key element of internationalisation at the University of Oldenburg.

Please note: If university management approval is required or if an additional review of the proposal by the International Office (IO) or the Department for Research and Technology Transfer (R+T) is desired, applicants are requested to submit the summary or preliminary version of the proposal and the financing plan to the responsible coordinator in the IO or research officer in the R+T Department 10 working days before the submission deadline. The complete application must be submitted no later than 5 working days before the submission deadline, allowing sufficient time for final feedback and for the application to be signed.

Funding programme of the MWK

Members of the University of Oldenburg can apply for funding from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) to promote European and international cooperation in science and research. Applications must always be submitted through the International Office.

Erasmus+ funding programme

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. The International Office primarily promotes the mobility of individual students (including PhDs) and university staff:

Short-term teaching assignments at European partner universities (Erasmus+ STA)

Erasmus+ (STA) provides funding for teaching staff mobility at European partner universities. The purpose of these visits is to strengthen the European aspect of the host university, complement existing courses and impart their specialist knowledge to students who do not want to or cannot study abroad.

For more information on the basic possibilities for doctoral students to realize a stay abroad via Erasmus+, click here.

In addition, funding for European collaborative projects is also possible via the Department for Research and Technology Transfer:

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD)
  • Strategic partnerships
  • University partnerships for capacity building in partner countries
  • Knowledge alliances (partnerships between universities and business)
  • Support for political processes
  • Jean Monnet activities in the field of EU studies (Chairs, Modules, Centres of Excellence)

DAAD funding programmes

DAAD funding programmes

The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - German Academic Exchange Service) is the world's largest funding organization for the international exchange of academics and students, and in 2019 supported more than 145,000 Germans and foreigners around the globe. We will be happy to advise you on the various funding opportunities for your international research activities and stays abroad and, if required, accompany your application in advertised funding programs.

For DAAD applications that have their focus primarily on research funding, please contact the International Research Funding Team in the Department for Research and Technology Transfer.

For DAAD applications that primarily focus on cooperation and mobility, please contact the competent regional coordinator in the International Office.

Funding programmes of the University of Oldenburg

Carl von Ossietzky Guest Lectureship Programme
Internationalisation of teaching, expansion of the range of courses offered in terms of subject, methodological and foreign language aspects, and intensification of cooperation with our partner universities – these are the goals that the University of Oldenburg pursues with the Carl von Ossietzky Guest Lectureship Programme (financed from study quality funds).

The Research and Travel Programme (ReTraP) of School V supports the international mobility of young researchers (including registered PhD students) as well as international collaborations of lecturers and students.

Funding programmes of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent academics from Germany and abroad. The Foundation offers a variety of fellowship programmes and awards for postdocs, experienced academics and top researchers. The Humboldt Foundation’s fellowship programmes enable exceptional researchers from Germany to conduct research with members of the Humboldt Network (of whom there are 30,000) around the world:

  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships enable postdocs (6 to 24 months) and experienced researchers (6 to 18 months) from Germany, of all disciplines, to participate in long-term research stays all over the world. Postdocs must have completed their doctorate within the last four years. Experienced researchers can apply if they completed their doctorate no more than twelve years ago.
  • The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science awards up to 20 research fellowships per year to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers of all disciplines, enabling them to conduct research in Japan (for one to 12 months or 12 to 24 months).
  • The MOST (Taiwan) Research Fellowship (Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; formerly NSC) offers up to two fellowships per year to young German researchers to conduct research at a research institution in Taiwan for a period of three to 12 months.

Funding programmes of the Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission offers several programs for young German scientists and university teachers to spend a research or teaching period at an American university.

  • The Fulbright Research and Teaching Program provides three to twelve month fellowships for German scholars to teach or conduct research at an academic institution in the United States.
  • Under the Fulbright Schuman Program for Research and Study, European citizens* can receive fellowships to conduct research at an accredited U.S. institution for a period ranging from three months to one academic year (9 months). The research project must demonstrate relevance to U.S.-EU relations, EU policies, or EU institutions.
  • The Fulbright-Cottrell Award is intended for junior research group leaders and postdoc academics(including junior professors, junior lecturers and private lecturers) in the fields of chemistry, physics and astronomy. Cottrell-Fulbright Scholars receive EUR 63,000 of start-up funding to carry out a three-year teaching and research project at a U.S. university.
  • The Fulbright American Studies Fellowship supports a research stay at a U.S. university or comparable academic institution arranged by the applicants themselves. Young German scholars in the field of American Studies are invited to apply.

Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme

The Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to conduct joint research at the most recognised higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland. 
The promotion of internationalisation and competence building is a central component of the programme. Thereby it leads to cross-border European cooperation in science and research.

Preparing your stay abroad

The online portal of EURAXESS provides information and assistance to mobile researchers on all matters concerning mobility and work-related purposes in the respective foreign country such as visa application, work permit, child care, school education, or health care. An online database for scholarships and job opportunities is also available. Moreover, the portal provides a list of national information centres and of national advisory services.

Germany's Foreign Ministry provides useful information on individual countries, including immigration regulation and entry requirements, travel and security advices, and travel warnings and security notices (in German)

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