02 March 2007, No. 06/2007

Welcome home!

German researchers returning home from abroad can now make use of a new fellowship database to help with their preparations

For the very first time in Germany, the German Mobility Centre at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in its capacity as advisory service for internationally mobile researchers, is providing an online fellowship database for researchers returning to Germany. German academics wishing to return to Germany after spending a longer period abroad just have to specify their discipline and career stage in order to be shown a list of the sponsorship opportunities for which they are eligible, including direct links and a short description of the respective programme. On the website they can also find additional tips for reintegrating into everyday life in Germany ranging from a list of abbreviations used in advertisements for housing, via job exchanges, to information on the recognition of accrued pension rights. Sponsorship databases for foreign academics interested in researching in Germany as well as for Germans who want to go abroad to work can also be found at the German Mobility Centre, together with information on numerous other topics.

The German Mobility Centre at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is part of the EU-project "Network of Mobility Centres" (ERAMORE). Its purpose is to optimise information and advice for internationally mobile scientists and scholars throughout Europe, thus making Europe more attractive as a location for research. Researcher advisers at institutions of higher education and research establishments can also turn here for assistance. A series of in-service training and networking events is organised for them. 

German Mobility Centre at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:
www.eracareers-germany.de/en/index.htm
Fellowship database for those returning from abroad:
www.eracareers-germany.de/portal/fellowship_search_return.html

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually enables more than 1800 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of some 23,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in 130 countries worldwide - including 40 Nobel Prize winners.

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