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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.


DFG North America at the virtual ECF

The ECF organized by the European Club of the MIT, was held on a virtual platform this year due to the coronavirus. One of the advantages of this was a significant expansion of geographical coverage without any increase in CO2 emissions from air travel. Interner Linkmore

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DFG North America at the APS March Meeting

For the first time, “Research in Germany” put in a virtual appear-
ance at an APS March Meeting to present the German research landscape in the field of physics to the international research commu-
nity on a digital exhibitor page and at an online workshop. Interner Linkmore

„Been in America“ Interview Series

Clinical lung researcher Sinem Koc-Günel joined the group run by Amy Ryan (Firth) as a DFG fellow at the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, USC, in Los Angeles in August 2020, where she is looking into new methods for treating a rare lung disease. Interner Linkmore

Upcoming Events

Are you looking for information on research cooperation, DFG fellowships or postdoc programmes? Or do you have any other questions regarding the DFG? Come visit us at one of the following events:

Networking Event: "Climate Change and the Social Sciences"
10 - 21 May 2021

The German Academic Exchange Service and Research in Germany invite Canadian and German social scientists to this online 10-day networking event.The DFG Office North America will offer two virtual info sessions to answer questions about funding.

DFG info sessions:
11 May 10:00 - 11:00 am EST / 4:00 - 5:00 pm CEST
18 May 8:00 - 9:00 am EST / 2:00 - 3:00 pm CEST

American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021
"Discovery Science Driving Clinical Breakthroughs"

17 May 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm CEST
Visit our virtual booth at the 2021 Cancer and Biomedical Research Career Fair to search for career opportunities in cancer research in Germany.

19 May 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CEST
Participate in our online seminar on career opportunities in cancer research in Germany; learn more about research and funding opportunities; and exchange ideas with experts in the field of cancer research in Germany. 

Research in Germany: Your Postdoc in the Heart of Europe

27 May 2021
10:45 am - 2:00 pm
Meet with representatives from the DFG North American office to learn more about the German research landscape and find out more about funding for your research career.

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.

Pictures from the DFG-Office North America

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Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, and DFG President Peter Strohschneider