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DFG Office North America

DFG Office North America: New York City and Washington DC

DFG Office North America: New York City and Washington DC

The USA and Canada play a leading role within the context of increasing globalization in science and research. North America – and especially the USA – continues to be the most competitive research region in the world. More than a quarter of the global funds spent on research and development are invested here, and more than half of all DFG-funded research fellows travel to North America after completing their doctorate for their important first career step. 

The DFG maintains regional expertise at its headquarters in Bonn as well as running its own North American office in two locations, Washington D.C. and New York City.

  • In Washington D.C., the DFG maintains close ties with North American funding organizations, facilitates transatlantic research projects, and helps to shape science policy dialogue.
  • In New York, the focus is on the marketing of research funding, an effort conducted jointly with German partner organizations such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), and in collaboration with German universities in North America.

Together, these two offices facilitate contact between scientists and researchers in Germany and North America, support early-career researchers here on a DFG fellowship, and organize outreach activities to showcase German research regionally.


"Research in Germany" at ASM Microbe

After a pandemic-related hiatus, ASM Microbe 2022 brought microbiologists from around the world to Washington, D.C. The DFG and partners provided information on funding and research opportu-
nities in Germany at the "Research in Germany" booth. Interner Linkmore

Lively interest at the transatlantic science booth

EU Open House in Washington

More than 5,400 guests visited the Franco-German joint booth as part of the EU Open House. Along with various partners, the DFG office provided information about Germany as an excellent research location.
Interner Linkmore

DFG Secretary General in the USA

DFG Secretary General Dr. Heide Ahrens travelled to the USA for the ceremonial opening of the 6th German Center for Research and Innovation in San Francisco. This was Ms. Ahrens’ first official trip abroad since taking office and since the start of the pandemic. Interner Linkmore

Further Information


  • To maintain and extend contacts with current and former German DFG award holders in the United States. The goal is both to facilitate the return of young researchers to Germany and to establish networks with researchers who choose to stay in the United States, and also to motivate them for lasting collaboration with Germany.
  • To expand and support cooperation with partner organisations in the USA working in the field of science and research policy, especially the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • To provide US universities and research institutions with information on Germany as a location of science and research and on opportunities for research cooperation between the two countries, especially within the scope of DFG-funded projects and programmes.
  • To expand and foster contacts with US DFG alumni, such as Mercator visiting professors and researchers who worked on DFG-funded projects in Germany.
  • To follow science and research policy developments in the United States and identify and assess the fields relevant to the DFG with respect to basic research.

Upcoming Events

Are you looking for information on research cooperation, DFG fellowships, or postdoc programs? Or perhaps you have other questions about the DFG. Come visit us at one of the following events:

Matchmaking Event Germany - North America

1 September 2022: Info session on funding opportunities for collaborative projects. To participate in either or both events, please register Externer Linkhere by 31 August 2022.
18 October 2022: Virtual matchmaking event for researchers from German universities of applied sciences (UAS) and researches from the US and Canada

GAIN22 Annual Conference and Talent Fair
2-4 September 2022 in Bonn, Germany
For the first time, the conference is aimed at postdocs from Germany who are currently working abroad or have recently returned to Germany. 

Panel Discussion: "Engineering Education for the 21st Century"

14 September 2022, 1014 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
6:00 - 9:00 pm (EDT)

German Studies Association Forty-Sixth Annual Conference

15-18 September 2022 in Houston, TX
Visit us at our DFG booth to learn about research and funding opportunities in Germany.

Pictures from the DFG-Office North America

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View of the Washington Monument through the cherry blossom trees