Canada and Germany enjoy a longstanding relationship in the area of scientific cooperation. This relationship has resulted in economic and technological benefits, and researchers continue to forge new bilateral relationships tackling current topics covering the entire spectrum from blue-sky research to applied technologies. In 1971 the relationship was formalized by the signing of the Canada-Germany Treaty on Cooperation in Science and Technology. In celebration of 40 years of fruitful collaborations, the website www.de-can-sti.com was launched, providing a portal to Canada-Germany S&T interactions. Together with the information below, these resources provide up - to - date information to facilitate and inspire future S&T cooperation and exchanges.
The Canadian contact for information on the Canada-Germany Bilateral Science and Technology Agreement is the Innovation, Science & Technology Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT):
The German contact is the International Bureau at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research:
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1. Max Planck Society
The Max Planck Society was founded in 1948 and has become one of the world’s most famous research institutions. In addition to 17 Nobel laureates, the organization’s success is apparent in over 13,000 publications in various scientific journals every year. The Max Planck Society includes over 80 institutes comprised of various research areas such as: natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities with an emphasis on a high degree of innovative work.
2. Helmholtz Association
The members of this association conduct long-term strategic research in fields including energy, environment, health, key technologies, structure of matter as well as transportation and aerospace. Fifteen independent research establishments are members of the Helmholtz Association with at least 24000 employees. The Helmholtz Centres conduct state-of-the-art research involving large-scale equipment and scientific infrastructures.
3. German Research Association (DFG)
As the largest funding organization in Germany, the German Research Association (DFG) has many programs and awards. The DFG website contains links to program descriptions and application information:
4. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC):
SSHRC’s supports postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the fields of social sciences and humanities. More specifically, SSHRC funding opportunities are available through three specific programs: Talent, Insight and Connection.
5. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
CIHR and its Institutes have developed many initiatives offering funding opportunities for health-related research in specific areas and involving collaboration with a wide range of partner organizations.
6. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC provides funding support to university students in advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers push back the frontiers of science, and build on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.
7. National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
NRC is the Government of Canada's premier institution for research, development and technology-based innovation. The organization is engaged in various disciplines and provides a number of services.
1. Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
The AUCC fosters and promotes the interests of higher education and university research in Canada. The AUCC website provides information on studying in Canada with links to Canadian universities and further research institutes.
2. German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) & Studying in Germany
The following website offers a wide range of information on studying in Germany with links to German universities.
1. The Representative Office for the Government of the State of Bavaria in Quebec and the Bavarian Research Alliance
The following websites provide further information on relations between Quebec, Alberta and Bavaria.
http://www.gouv.qc.ca/portail/quebec/international/allemagne/ (Available in French and German only)
Close and fruitful relations are, among others, expressed in the success of the Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Student Exchange Program, which was established in 1990. This program, which a former Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Research and the Arts refers to as his Land’s ”flagship“ partnership worldwide, encourages exchange at university level and annually enables up to 50 German and 50 Canadian students to spend one academic year – in some cases undertaking research activities at postgraduate level – at participating universities on both sides of the Atlantic. Further information on the program can be found on the website of the coordinating office at:
1. ELFI (Servicestelle für elektronische Forschungsinformation)
ELFI (Service Point for Electronic Research Information) is a databank which provides information on German funding organizations. After having paid a fee, one can create a profile and receive the required information. With a special Internet-agent technology, ELFI regularly monitors about 30,000 Internet-related documents enabling frequent changes, updates and new features. Among others, the database offers more than 6800 research funding programs, about 3100 national and international sponsors and student funding programs.
http://www.elfi.info/ueber_elfi.php (Available in German only)
2. Association of German foundations:
Stifterverband is a is private, dedicated and not-for-profit association with a goal to promote excellence in German universities, improve cooperation between science and industry, and raise public awareness. Stifterverband is the largest private institution of its kind in Germany, generating annual funds of over 120 million EUR. Donations, membership fees and other forms of income are the main funding sources.
4. Overview of scholarships for Canadian and foreign students and researchers:
5. Wissenschaft im Dialog
”Science in Dialogue ” is Germany's centre of expertise for science communication. This initiativebrings together scientists and people of every age or educational background and advances an exchange and a discussion on science in Germany. Here you can find what is being researched, discovered, and accomplished in German universities, research institutes, laboratories and scientific facilities.
6. Kompetenznetze Deutschland
The Initiative Networks of Competence Germany by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) is a cooperation of the most innovative and capable national networks of competence with technological orientation. Collaborative goals are regionally fixed, and excel in both minimizing distance to markets, industry, and in maximizing dynamics and flexibility. Find out more about Germany’s Networks of Competence in various fields of innovation at:
7. Research in Germany
”Research in Germany“ is aimed specifically at scientists abroad and provides an overview of the German research landscape, with information to students, PhD students and researchers, as well as links to non-university institutions:
8. Forschungsportal of Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
The research maps of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) pinpoint the locations of German research institutions:
9. Higher Education Compass
The Higher Education Compass features a broad range of information on all German institutions of higher education and the study courses they offer:
10. Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK)
The GWK offers information about research programs, projects and institutions; the financing for science and research; and further related topics.
11. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
The AUCC fosters and promotes the interests of higher education and university research in Canada. The AUCC website provides information on studying in Canada with links to Canadian universities and research institutes.
12. Canadian Bureau for International Education
The website of the Canadian Bureau for International Education offers a wide range of information on Canada’s academic landscape with many interesting links.
13. Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
The website of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) offers an overview of information on Canada as an innovative research country.
14. Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCEs)
By funding research partnerships between academia, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations, NCE programs turn Canadian research and entrepreneurial talent into economic and social benefits for all Canadians. NCE initiatives engage thousands of talented researchers and attract and train tomorrow’s scientific and industrial leaders.
15. Canadian Embassy in Berlin
1. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
The German Academic Exchange Service is one of the world's largest and most respected granting organizations in its field. Students, teachers, researchers and scientists supported by the DAAD have been able to gain valuable experience in Germany and abroad. German institutions of higher education and student bodies constitute the basis of the whole organisation. Apart from the provision of grants and scholarships the DAAD fosters the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, supports developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision-makers on cultural, education and development policy affairs.
DAADoffers over 250 programs, among which are semesters abroad for undergraduates, doctoral programmes, internships, lectureships, information-gathering visits and assistance with the establishment of new universities abroad. DAAD promotes the international activities of German institutions of higher education through marketing services, publications, staging of events and training courses.
2. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH):
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation connects researchers of all disciplines in more than 130 countries. The Foundation fosters academic cooperation between scientists and scholars from Germany and abroad, supporting many different levels of researchers, from postdoctoral researchers to established academics.
3. German Research Foundation (DFG)
The DFG has several programs and awards. DFG funds a wide range of initiatives, for example the Leibniz Prize, new and on-going funding initiatives for academic exchanges and collaborative research centers.
4. Helmholtz Association
The members of this association conduct long term strategic research in the fields of Energy, Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter Structure as well as Transportation and Aerospace. Fifteen independent and important research establishments are members of the Helmholtz Association with at least 24000 employees. The Helmholtz Centres conduct state-of-the-art research with large-scale equipment and important scientific infrastructures.
5. Max Planck Society
The Max Planck Society was founded in 1948 and has become one of the world’s most famous research institutions. In addition to 17 Nobel laureates, the organization’s success is apparent in over 13,000 publications in various scientific journals every year. The Max Planck Society counts 80 institutions comprised of various research areas such as: natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities. This emphasis is based on a high degree of innovative work.
The Fraunhofer Society is the leading organization for applied research in Germany. Fraunhofer Institutes propose technological- and system-oriented innovations. At the moment they have more than 80 research establishments in Germany; and there are several affiliated Fraunhofer institutes in Europe, USA and Asia. Connected to this organisation is the Marie Curie Fellowship (MCF) Program of the European Union, which Canadian nationals are also eligible to apply for. Embedded within the Framework Program of the EU, the Marie Curie Fellowships are divided into several subgroups.
7. Leibnitz Association
The Scientific Community Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is a union of German research institutes from various branches of study. 84 non-university research institutes and service providers for science belong to the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. The fields range from natural science, engineering, and ecology, to economics, social sciences, space science, and humanities. The Leibniz Institutes work in an interdisciplinary fashion, and connect basic and applied science. They cooperate with universities, industry, and other partners in different parts of the world.
8. Association for Canadian Studies (GSK)
The Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS) is a charitable association with more than 600 members. It focuses mainly on coordinating Canada-related academic activities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. GKS’s objectives are incorporated in its statutes and are realized through a number of activities.
9. Chemical Industry Fellowship Foundation
The Fellowship Foundation of the German Chemical Industry Association addresses German scholars. More specifically, German PhD candidates and post-doctoral scholars are eligible for the following fellowships in support of their research: the Chemiefonds Fellowship, the Kekulé Fellowship and the Liebig Fellowship. Fellowships are also available for research activities outside Germany.
http://fonds.vci.de/ (Available in German only)
10. Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds provides funding to young researchers conducting PhD or MD studies, and postdoctoral fellows via the organisation’s PhD fellowship program. Support is given in the form of short-term practical training internships and scientific courses, such as summer or winter schools.
The programs refer to European citizens who are employees in Europe or overseas as well as to internationals working in Europe. The MD program, however, addresses specifically medical students at German universities to help them pursue an experimental MD thesis in basic biomedical research.
11. The German Industry Foundation for Qualification and Cooperation
The SDW supports outstanding undergraduate students and doctoral candidates through the Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme (Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann), offering scholarships and wide-ranging auxiliary activities to accompany study programs.
Funding is not restricted to any specific field of study when selecting the roughly 1600 recipients of the scholarships. The financial support includes scholarships and additional funds for study years or internships in foreign countries. Parallel to their regular studies, the scholarship candidates take part in a comprehensive auxiliary program. While the scholarships are funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the development programme for students with high potential is funded by SDW and other entrepreneurial philanthropists. The purpose of the SDW program is to train highly-talented and committed young individuals for future leadership positions in industry, business or other areas of society. A prerequisite for applicants is to be registered at a German university. For student’s living in an EU country, nationality is not one of the deciding factors; special rules apply for foreign students from non-EU countries.
12. Volkswagen Foundation
The Volkswagen Foundation was established as an independent, not-for-profit organization in 1962. Research projects offered by this institution comprise all kinds of areas. The foundation provides incentives for the advancement of research and higher education.
13. Fritz Thyssen Foundation
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation began active engagement in funding in 1961 and since then has been a reliable source of financial support for researchers working in the areas of humanities, social science and medicine. The organisation has donated an amount of more than EUR 400 million to increase academic research at universities and non-profit research centres over this period. Specific research fields supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation include: history, language and culture, state, economics, society and medicine, devoting special attention to financial provision for junior researchers. Grants are awarded to doctoral graduates and staff positions for scientific work.
14. Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation
The Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation’s main focus lies on the interaction of humanity, technology and the environment. Related to these interactive factors, specific fields of interest include the areas of science, economy and society. The organisation aims at fostering women’s involvement in these fields. Therefore, the “Bertha Benz Prize” is granted annually to female doctorates in the engineering sciences.
A new fellowship program has been introduced on January 1st 2012 supporting postdoctoral scientists. Funding for these young people is targeted for the beginning terms of their research.
15. Konrad Adenauer Foundation
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation provides an extensive seminar programme as part of the numerous activities offered to scholars. The Foundation provides funding to outstanding students and graduates who are additionally deeply involved in political and/or social engagement. The appreciation of Christian Democratic social and political values is an important factor considered for German applicants who are made up of students, journalists and graduate students. Graduate students from abroad studying in Germany are also eligible to the foundation’s program. The institution’s offers are extensive, ranging from financial support to a comprehensive seminar program.
16. Friedrich Ebert Foundation
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation programs are designed for exceptionally talented students and doctoral students from Germany and abroad, who feel connected to social democratic values. The foundation focuses on technical excellence, socio-political commitment and social background of its applicants. Eligible applicants are young people from families with a disadvantaged educational background or a migrant background, as the opportunity for them to access to higher education is often denied.
17. Friedrich Naumann Foundation
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation provides students and postgraduates from Germany and all over the world with programs that address pupils, students, graduates and postgraduates having extraordinary grades, a liberal attitude and the willingness to assume socio-political responsibility.
18. Heinrich Böll Foundation
About 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students have the chance of receiving a scholarship each year from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The applicant’s nationality and study track is not important; however, attendance at university, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’) is essential. Candidates must also demonstrate outstanding grades, social and political engagement, and that they have an active interest in the basic values of The Foundation; namely, ecology and sustainability, democracy, human rights, self-determination and justice.
19. Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s (RLF) “Studienwerk” has offered social, financial and cultural support services to students in Germany since 1999. The RLF recently established a program for financial grants. Out of the 120 new grants given to students, about 25 of the applicants are doctoral students. Scholarships can be obtained by German and foreign students (undergraduates and doctorates) studying in Germany.
The RLF is a political educational organisation and is affiliated with DIE LINKE (The Left Party). The main goals of the RLF are: contributing to democratization, strengthening social justice and solidarity, and demolishing patriarchal-, ethnical- and national-based oppression.
20. German Federal Foundation for the environment (DBU)
The DBU provides funding in the form of 60 dissertation fellowships to young scientists of all disciplines for advanced research work in the field of environmental protection every year. Twice a year a selection committee composed of professors from varied topical areas selects the most suitable candidates.
21. Hans Böckler Foundation
The Hans Böckler Foundation fosters education and research by providing different funding opportunities. Pupils, students, postgraduates and people using alternative ways of receiving education (“Zweiter Bildungsweg”) may apply.
1. European Space Agency Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
The European Space Agency (ESA) offers internal and external fellowships. External fellows propose a research project, relevant to ESA's research activities at the host institute of their choice, in a country other than their own. ESA fellowships are open only to nationals of its Member States. Applications from Canada, which has the status of a cooperating state, will also be considered.
2. Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)
Based in Strasbourg, France, the HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of life sciences.
Research grants are awarded for projects that involve extensive collaboration among teams of scientists working in different countries. Emphasis is on novel collaborations that bring together scientists from different disciplines. Fellowships are available to scientists who wish to work in foreign laboratories, with a focus on individuals early in their careers who wish to obtain training in a different field of research. To be eligible, a fellow must either come from or go to a member country. Both Canada and Germany are member countries.
3. Marie Curie Fellowships
The Marie Curie Fellowship (MCF) Program of the European Union is connected to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Canadian nationals are eligible to apply for Marie Curie Fellowships. Embedded within the Framework Program of the EU, the Marie Curie Fellowships are divided into several subgroups.
The following scholarship programs are available from Canadian organizations and institutions. In most cases, the programs also offer financial support to foreign students and scholars. Please note that a number of Canadian universities also offer various – for instance PhD – scholarship programs to foreign nationals. To find out more about such programs please contact the respective university’s international students’ office. Links to Canadian universities can be found at:
1. Government of Canada Awards
The Government of Canada offers three different types of scholarships to German students and postgraduates. Research scholarships are generally intended to assist individuals who are enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at a university in their home country and wish to carry out part of their work in Canada. A small number of full scholarships are offered to pursue a master's or doctoral program at a Canadian university. At the time of application for post-doctoral fellowships, applicants must hold the equivalent of a Canadian doctoral degree. Artists are eligible if they are well-established, have made a significant contribution to their field over a number of years and will undertake a well-defined program in Canada. The tenure of these awards is normally for a minimum of four months to a maximum of six months. Post-doctoral fellowships are not renewable. For further information, please contact:
http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/ci-ci/splash.aspx (Canadian embassy in Berlin)
2. Vanier Scholarship
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program addresses outstanding doctoral students in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, or health. Scholarships are awarded to those who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies, in addition to potential for leadership capability.
3. Global Commerce Support Program
The Global Commerce Support Program (GCSP) is a contribution program, managed by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), which amalgamates three funding programs for Canadian national associations, communities, companies and researchers. In addition to GCSP, the DFAIT website contains several other funding program links.
4. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is Canada's primary source of funding for academic research and training in the natural sciences and engineering. A variety of international training opportunities, fellowships and scholarships exist for graduate and postgraduate students. A limited number of postgraduate scholarships are granted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents for tenure at universities outside Canada. Postdoctoral fellowships can also be held at universities and research centres abroad.
The category “Funding Decisions” provides further information about the programs:
5. National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
The National Research Council is Canada’s premier federal scientific organization. Through its numerous institutes, the NRC labs pursue a diverse range of scientific research, including biotechnology, marine dynamics, microstructural and molecular sciences, aerospace research, and measurement standards. The NRC offers research associateships tenable only in its laboratories to scientists and engineers who possess a PhD in natural science or engineering, or who have obtained a masters degree in an engineering field within the last five years or who expect to obtain the degree prior to taking up the Associateship. The Associateship is open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens.
6. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
The CIHR is Canada's premier federal agency for health research. Its objective is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened health care system.
The following website provides a broad overview of the CIHR funding programs:
7. The Canada Council
Through the John G. Diefenbaker Award, distinguished German scholars are able to spend 12 months in Canada, although shorter award periods will be considered. While the candidate’s main focus must be on research during the award period, the award recipient may take part in teaching activities of the host institution and may interact with the research communities in Canada and the United States by visiting other institutions.
Candidates cannot apply for the award, but must be nominated by a department within a host university or research institute in Canada. German scholars who have proven outstanding ability, especially in case of a significant publication record over a period of some years are potential winners. The award is offered in support of research in any of the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. Potential applicants must be German citizens and must have a sound working knowledge of one of Canada’s two official languages.
8. Werner Graupe Foundation
In 1999, Werner Graupe established a foundation that offers students in France or Germany the opportunity to study at either McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) or the University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta). Applicants for the Werner Graupe International Fellowships should be new graduate students from German or French universities, entering and completing a Master's or PhD program in Engineering at McGill University or the University of Calgary.
9. Natural Resources Canada – Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP)
The PCSP coordinates support for, and offers expert advice to Canadian government, university scientists and independent, private sector and non-Canadian researchers working in isolated areas throughout the Canadian Arctic. Support includes: transportation, communications, accommodations, field equipment and related services. For more details visit:
10. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC):
SSHRC funds postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the fields of social sciences and humanities. More specifically, SSHRC has three program offerings: Talent, Insight and Connection.
11. Ontario International Science and Technology Research Agreements
The Ontario/Baden-Württemberg (OBW) program targets undergraduate and graduate students from any academic discipline having the aim of providing increased exchange opportunities between Ontario and Baden-Württemberg.
12. Quebec Bourses d’Excellence
The Quebec Ministry offers bursaries for master’s or doctoral study or post-doctoral research at Quebec universities. The bursaries are intended to assist particularly meritorious students in the framework of cooperation between Quebec and foreign universities. For further information please visit the website of the Quebec Ministry for Education at:
13. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
The Association represents 95 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges. It also administers a number of Canadian and international scholarships, exchange programs and research opportunities. Please visit the following websites for further information on the AUCC, links to Canadian universities and detailed information on various scholarships:
14. The Security and Defence Forum
The Security and Defence Forum is a Canadian National Defence grant program mandated to develop and support domestic competence of current and future defence issues relevant to Canada.
The Department of National Defence supports a number of scholarships and internships (MA Scholarship Program, PhD Scholarship Program, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Aboriginal Scholarship, SDF Internship Program) with the aim of increasing young Canadian scholars’ interest in and knowledge of security and defence issues. Applications are considered by an independent committee composed of academics and non-academic representatives selected by the Minister of National Defence, and are assessed on academic merit, as well as the relevance of the application to Canadian security and defence.
15. International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS)
The International Council for Canadian Studies is a federation of twenty-two national and multi-national Canadian studies associations and six associate members, governed by a Board of Directors and an elected four-member Executive Committee. The institution’s main activities are comprised of the promotion and support of research, education and publication in all areas of Canadian studies worldwide.
ICCS acts as administrative agent of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) for several of the Department's Canadian Studies Programs.
Graduate Students Scholarships
The purpose of the scholarship is to enable successful candidates to spend four to six weeks at a Canadian university or research site other than their own, conducting research related to their thesis or dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies. The scholarship is not intended to initiate a thesis or dissertation but rather to provide access to crucial scholarly information and resources in Canada in support of a thesis/dissertation at the point of being written.
Canadian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships
The program addresses young Canadian and foreign academics that have completed a doctoral thesis on a Canada-related topic and are not employed in a full-time, university teaching position. The applicants have the opportunity to spend some time abroad visiting a Canadian or foreign university with a Canadian Studies program for a teaching or research fellowship.
16. Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
The CBIE administers the following range of awards offered to Canadians on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT):
CBIE also administers the Export Development Canada (EDC) International Business Scholarships Program. This specific program targets undergraduate Canadian students studying business/commerce and that show interest in international trade.