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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 Cell Bio Virtual

"Research in Germany" offered Cell Bio participants several opportu-
nities to make live contact with representatives of the initiative at the exhibitor stand and find out about research and funding opportunities in Germany. Interner Linkmore

Portrait of Dr. Henrik Larsson

"Been in America"

The theoretical chemist Henrik R. Larsson was at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena from December 2018 to November 2020 on a DFG research fellowship, where he investigated strongly correlated quantum systems. Interner Linkmore

Leibniz Prize Winner Marco Prinz in New York

Together with the DWIH New York and the University of Freiburg liaison office, the DFG invited Freiburg-based neuroscientist and Leibniz Prize award winner Dr. Marco Prinz to give a lecture on the evening of 17 November. 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 do you have any other questions regarding the DFG? Come visit us at one of the following events:

2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting

When: 17-20 February 2022
Where: Philadelphia, PA and online

Pictures from the DFG-Office North America

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View of the Washington Monument through the cherry blossom trees