There are many opportunities for researchers at TU Braunschweig to gain international experience in research or teaching. The Mobility Office and the Research Services of TU Braunschweig will be happy to answer any questions you may have when it comes to spending time abroad. You can find a first overview of possible ways to stay abroad and financing options on this page.
Doctoral studies abroad
The best time for a stay abroad is usually in the middle or towards the end of your doctorate. By that time, your doctoral project will have already been clearly defined and you can use your stay abroad for targeted research or experiments.
If you are writing your doctoral thesis in Germany but do not want to miss out on acquiring the additional qualification of “experience abroad”, you can carry out certain phases of your doctorate, series of experiments or field research abroad. What is important in preparing your stay abroad is:
that you coordinate your research goal well with your academic supervisor at TU Braunschweig,
that you find someone at the foreign university who supports your project,
and that you think about ways of financing and funding well in advance.
Financing and funding options
Regardless of which financing model is right for you, the funding programmes generally have lead times of six to twelve months, and you need to think about which scholarship programmes would be suitable for you in good time.
As a doctoral student, you can go abroad with Erasmus+ for a short stay (5–30 days) or for a longer period (2–12 months). You can also complement a short-term mobility with a virtual component (Blended Mobility).
Grants are based on the duration of your mobility: for short stays, you will receive 70 euros per day up to the 14th day of your stay and 50 euros per day from the 15th to the 30th day of your stay. For longer stays of two months or more, the monthly grants of Erasmus+ apply.
As a doctoral student, you also have the opportunity to complete a research internship within the framework of Erasmus+. However, you must be enrolled at TU Braunschweig at the time of your application.
If you are doing your doctorate at TU Braunschweig but are not enrolled or your doctorate has not yet been registered with the doctoral committee, you have the opportunity to apply for Staff Mobility and Staff Mobility for Teaching with Erasmus+.
Research stay abroad
By spending time abroad for research, you can expand your international academic network, deepen your language skills and gain new perspectives on your own subject area.
TU Braunschweig encourages its academic staff to gain international experience and to develop their skills in an international and intercultural context. A stay abroad will give you new ideas and perspectives for your own research—something that both you and your students will benefit from. The Mobility Office and the Research Services at the International House will be happy to advise you on how to organise your stay abroad.
Financing and funding options
You can find an overview of possible funding programmes for research-related stays abroad on this page. Please note that the funding programmes generally have lead times of six to twelve months and you need to think about which programmes would be suitable for you in good time.
The DAAD provides scholarships and third-party funding for projects and partnerships with international universities. It offers extensive funding programmes for academics and instructors working at institutions of higher education in a wide range of target countries.
Information on DAAD funding programmes and individual funding options can be found on their website:
Postdocs with above-average qualification will find a suitable sponsorship programme for their research project at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. You can find an overview of scholarships and programmes on the Foundation’s website:
The Fulbright programme is one of the most prestigious scholarship programmes in the world. Unlike other scholarships, the aim of the programme is explicitly not only to promote academic and scientific achievements, but also to encourage cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Germany and the USA. You can find an overview of all programmes here:
The European Commission stands for the promotion of excellent scientists and innovative research approaches. The offered Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) have been part of the Research Framework Programme since FP6; for the period 2021–2027, it is entitled Horizon Europe.
Within the framework of the Matching Funds Programme, TU Braunschweig supports travel and projects of scientists to initiate projects and expand existing collaborations to the University of Rhode Island (USA), Tampere University (FIN) and the University of Strathclyde (UK). The aim of the Matching Funds Programme is to strengthen the prominent position of these collaborations, to integrate them more closely into TU Braunschweig and to win new disciplines and stakeholders for cooperation. Calls for proposals are renewed annually and are published on the International House website.
The contact person for general questions about the strategic partner universities and the Matching Funds Programmes is: Dr. Eika Auschner
Specific questions on the Matching Funds with the respective partners will be answered by:
The Federal State of Lower Saxony promotes European and international cooperation in science and research within the framework of projects. The aim of the funding is to establish new and strengthen existing international cooperation at institutions of higher education and to develop their profile in an international context. Applications can be submitted via the International House every six months by 31 January and 15 July.
You can find the programme description and application forms here:
The Erasmus+ programme supports short teaching stays, e.g. lectures in the context of seminars or modules, in other European countries within the framework of the Teaching Mobility. Lecturers and students at both partner universities alike benefit from international teaching opportunities.
As part of the programme, it is possible to apply for a contribution to funding through Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching (STA). The target groups of the programme are:
professors and lecturers with a contractual relationship to the university
In addition to mobilities with Erasmus+ Programme Countries, there is also the possibility of exchange with selected Partner Countries, some of which are located outside Europe. Please contact the Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator of TU Braunschweig for individual information.
The financial support is calculated according to the different costs of living in the target countries. There are uniform daily rates calculated at a flat rate up to the 14th day of the stay for three groups of countries.
In addition, mobilities of people with a degree of disability (GdB) of 20 or higher and/or a chronic illness resulting in additional financial needs may be funded with a higher amount. If this applies to you, please make an appointment with the Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator.
*Without days of travel - exception: work done on the day of travel in question (must be evident from the Confirmation of Stay issued by the host university).
Daily rate*(Up to the 14th day of the mobility: 100% of the grant, between the 15th and 60th day of the mobility: 70% of the grant.)
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Türkiye
In addition to living costs, participants are supported with a flat-rate for travel costs. These travel costs are calculated according to the real distance between the country of origin and the target country of the mobility and can be determined using the EU’s distance calculator. The travel costs are calculated according to the distance.
You can apply for this Top-Up if you will travel to or from the partner university by one of the following means of transport which are classified as sustainable by the DAAD (at least 50% of the travel distance must be travelled green):