Research in 5 steps

In 5 steps to research in Germany

1. Find a job

If you want to work in Research in Germany, it is best to start looking for a job in your home country. Whether at universities, research institutes or in industry- Germany offers a wide range of research opportunities for qualified people from abroad. You will find numerous job portals on the Internet that offer job searches specifically for research and science. You can find an overview of these job portals on the Research in Germany website.

2. Funding and funding

Minimum income

In order to work as a researcher in Germany, you have to prove that you can finance your life here. To do this, you need a net income of at least 1,890 euros per month in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein and 1,610 euros in the federal states of Brandenburg, Berlin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The facts and figures mentioned in this portal are as per our research in the year 2021, we will keep updating our website for your quick reference as we get the facts from government official websites in our research. However, these income limits are usually not a problem for international researchers: many academic employees in Germany are paid according to collective bargaining agreements and can easily reach the minimum income with a full-time position. The German University Association provides information on its website about the Earning opportunities for academic employees at public universities and research institutions.


You can also secure the financing of your research stay with a research grant. This is especially worthwhile if you want to implement a project in Germany for a certain period of time. Many institutions sponsor international scientists from all disciplines. You can find an overview on the Research in Germany website .

3. Visa

Who doesn’t need a visa?
Are you a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland? Then you can enter Germany without a visa. After you have found a job, you can start your research immediately.
As a citizen of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the USA, you can enter Germany without a visa. Your residence permit can be obtained from the competent authority after entry foreigners Authority catch up.

Who needs a visa
Researchers from all other countries need a visa for research purposes to enter Germany. You can find out which requirements apply to the issuing of a visa in the section Visas for Research.
The residence permit for the purpose of research (§ 18d AufenthG) is issued for at least one year and entitles you to work in teaching during your research stay in Germany.

4. Prospects for the family

Apply for a family visa
As a citizen of an EU country, your spouse and children have the same rights Freedom of movement like you and can move here with you without a visa. If you do not come from the EU but have a residence permit as a scientist or researcher, your spouse also has the right to a residence permit with which he or she can accept any job in Germany. And of course, you can bring your children with you.
You can get tips about school and childcare from us in the portal. A brochure from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees informs you about the details of the right of residence for international scientists and researchers in Germany.

Career opportunities for spouses
Many universities in Germany also support your partner in looking for a job. So-called Dual Career Services and the Welcome Centers of the universities accompany your family and you on the way to Germany and help you settle in. The offer includes, among other things, the search for a language course for your spouse, a kindergarten place for the offspring or an apartment in your new home.
Around forty universities are currently represented in the Dual Career Network Germany (DCND). You can find a list here. If the employer of your choice is not on this list, ask them directly about their support offers on the subject of family.

More tips for settling in
Before a research stay in Germany, international scientists ask themselves numerous questions. The “Research in Germany” portal supports you with important tips for your preparation. In our section “Living in Germany” you will find many tips that will make your arrival in Germany easier. Whether registering with Registration office, Opening an account, looking for an apartment or fun for the whole family.

5. Language skills

German makes everyday life easier
As a scientist or researcher, you do not normally have to prove knowledge of German because English is often spoken in international research teams. Your spouses do not need to have any knowledge of German either. But of course, the German language will help you in exchanges with German colleagues, students or employees in companies and administration. Language skills also help you and your family to settle in in Germany and to find a new home and friends.

Offers for learning German
There are many opportunities to learn German all over the world. Whether a language course in a group, online tutorials or a vocabulary app – you can find useful tips on the subject of the German language here in the portal.

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