The German research landscape for postdocs is vibrant and diverse. There are multiple ways to continue your research, options to consider, funding programmes and career paths.
If you are not yet familiar with the German research infrastructure, the following portals may convey a sense of its 'inner workings':
- Research in Germany: information platform and contact point for all looking to find out more about Germany's research landscape and its latest research achievements
- German Academic Exchange Service: hands-on tips on how to prepare a research stay in Germany (including how to finance your stay)
- University of Passau's Welcome Centre: advisory services for international guest researchers who have been accepted as postdoctoral researchers, fellows or guest researchers.
Ways of finding a mentor for your postdoc project may vary with faculty, discipline and professor. Generally, designated mentors expect a high level of independence and responsibilty. They also might expect well-rounded preliminary considerations. Therefore, you might want to invest some thought both in your search for a suitable mentor and in your first e-mail.
As there is no standard procedure, do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions.
For general information on how to finance your stay as a postdoctoral researcher you can consult the information for international researchers from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). As there are multiple ways into a postdoc project, we suggest you contact us if you are interested in a postdoctoral research stay at the University of Passau.
Advisory services for international researchers are offered by our Welcome Centre. Please note that the Centre cannot offer support in finding a supervisor or on other matters directly concerning your postdoctoral research.
Although you can, of course, your conduct your research in English, German languge skills might help you cope with day-to-day issues. At the University of Passau, you have plenty of opportunities to learn German.
Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us!