Based on the agreement with The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS), the German Research Foundation (DFG) calls attention to researchers at German institutions to the opportunity to invite early-career African scientists (Postdocs) from Sub-Saharan African countries of all academic fields for a three-month research-based cooperation visit at their institution in Germany.

The DFG will provide the host institution with a monthly allowance for the grantee, (covering a subsistence costs and daily expense, local transport, visa costs etc.), and provide the grantee with a travel allowance for the trip to Germany and health insurance in Germany for the entire stay. The DFG will also provide a lump sum for the institution as project expense allowance for material and laboratory costs.

Candidates must

  • come from a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • hold a research position at an institution in a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • hold a PhD which they have obtained within the last five years at the time of the deadline;
  • not be based in Germany already or working in an ongoing intensive research cooperation with the intended host.

For repeated research visits, especially with the aim to elaborate joint research proposals, the German hosts can submit proposals within the programme “Initiation of International Collaboration.”

Proposal must be submitted by the african scientists to TWAS by 1 April 2019.

Further Information:

For further information on the TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme and application documents please refer to:

For information on the DFG programme “Initiation of International Collaboration” please refer to:

Contacts at DFG’s International Affairs Division: