5 steps to doing research in Germany

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Financing and subsidies

Here you can find out how much income international researchers have to earn in Germany – and where you can find financial support for your project.

Minimum income

To work as a researcher in Germany, you must prove that you are able to support yourself here. You are required to have net income of at least 1,890 euros a month in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein, and 1,610 euros in the federal states of Brandenburg, Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Under normal circumstances, these income thresholds should not be any problem for international scientists: Many scientific posts in Germany are paid according to collective bargaining agreements and easily comply with the minimum income requirements if worked full-time. On its Web site, the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband) provides information about scientific staff salaries at public universities and research institutes.

Fellowships

You can also have your stint of research funded by means of a fellowship. This is especially worthwhile if you want to pursue a project in Germany for a specific period of time. Numerous bodies grant financial support for international researchers in all fields. You’ll find a list of these on the Research in Germany Web site.

Information on this portal

Skills that are especially sought after

Adjusting to your new environment

Information on the Web

Dual Career Netzwerk Deutschland

Do research in Germany with your spouse (German, English)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Visa information for researchers from non-EU countries (German, English)