Research stays Abroad

Research stays abroad are a great asset on a personal level, both for the travelling person and for those with whom he/she works on site. People learn about other (academic) cultures, learn from each other, experience new perspectives, and eventually surpass themselves.

Here you will find information which are usefull for the preparation of a research stay abroad.


  • Purpose of the Stay

    Doctoral candidates who wish to spend time abroad during their doctoral studies should plan their stay as soon as possible. First of all, you should determine the purpose and duration of your stay.

    • international conference or workshop
    • laboratory or archive visit of short duration
    • teaching abroad
    • summer or winter academy
    • extended research visit
  • Funding

    Short-term visits (up to a maximum of one month)

    Conferences and short-term research visits

    • Graduate Academy: provides a travel allowance for participating in conferences or congresses. In addition, a travel allowance may be granted for short-term research visits (maximum duration: four weeks).
    • DAAD: offers two funding lines that foster the mobility of doctoral candidates who wish to participate in conferences and congresses.

    Teaching mobility


    Specialised courses and language courses

    • PROMOS: financial support for participation in certain specialised courses and language courses in Russia and Asia (PROMOS Funding Programme).


    Longer research stays

    At the Leibniz University Hannover

    • Graduate Academy: offers funding for research stays abroad of up to 6 months (Foreign Scholarship). 

    External scholarship funders

    • DAAD: offers funding for research stays abroad. Further information on subject-specific funding can be found in the  DAAD Database
    • Erasmus+: Doctoral candidates can do research at one of our partner universities for 1 or 2 semesters through the  Erasmus+ Programme
    • There are also many country-specific funding opportunities. Please contact the regional coordinators of the University Office for International Affairs in this regard.
  • Visa, Academic leave of Absence and Insurance


    Depending on the country you wish to travel to, you will need to make administrative arrangements in the appropriate time.

    • What are the conditions of entry and residence in the destination country?
    • Which visa should I apply for?
    • What documents do I need for the visa application?
    • Where and when should I apply?
    • Is my current visa sufficient to travel to another country or to do research there?
    • What are the fees for the visa?


    Crisis prevention lists

    we highly recommend you to register, without regards to the country of your stay, to register for the period of your stay abroad in the crisis prevention list of your home country. For German citizens it is the list „ELEFAND“ from the Federal Foreign Office.



    Academic leave of Absence

    If you are going abroad for a semester or more, you should contact the Admissions Office regarding Academic leave of Absence.
    Research assistants should contact the Human Resources Department.


    In addition, questions such as medical care, insurance, etc. must be clarified.

    Accident insurance of Leibniz University Hannover
    In the case of stays abroad, insurance cover is only provided if the stay is organised by a German university. As a rule, only stays abroad that are led and organised by German universities are insured. Self-organised stays abroad are not insured, even if they are supported by a German higher education institution and are considered necessary for the completion of a doctoral thesis, for example.    

  • Accommodation and further Information


    During your stay abroad, you have the option of renting your accommodation in Hanover to international students through the Accommondation Service of the International Office. 

    Further information

    The regional coordinators of the International Office will be pleased to answer your questions.
    You can also find information and advice on the respective countries on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.


Christine Meyerhof
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover