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DFG Office North America

DFG Offices North America: Washington DC and New York City

DFG Offices North America: Washington DC and New York City

The United States and Canada hold a special position in the context of the increasing internationalization of German research. The North America Office facilitates contact between scientists and researchers in Germany and North America, supports early-career researchers on a DFG fellowship in the region, and organizes outreach activities to showcase German research in the region.


Leibniz Lecture by Falko Langenhorst

Over the years, the Leibniz Lecture followed by a German Social has evolved to become an established tradition for attendees of the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) who are interested in German-American and international exchange. Interner Linkmore

“Wunderbar Together” – Year of Germany

The DFG Office North America took part in the Year of German-American Friendship. The close scientific relations between the two countries were celebrated in numerous locations with the slogan “Wunderbar Together – Germany and the U.S. Interner Linkmore

Leibniz Lecture by Brigitte Röder

An audience of several hundred listened to the Leibniz Lecture given by Professor Ivan Dikic, organised by the DFG Office North America together with the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland (USA).
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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:

February 13-16, 2020

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
“Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth”

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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DFG President Peter Strohschneider and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski during a meeting at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in April 2016