International Funding Opportunities


Are you a post-doctoral researcher looking for funding for international collaboration or training? Perhaps you are looking for a travel grant to attend a meeting or course abroad; or you could be an international researcher wanting to come to the UK to perform your research. Whatever your position, the British Council website or the ESRC society website can help you identify possible sources of funding to allow you to engage in research on an international level. 


Many research and funding organisations offer excellent funding opportunities and ideal conditions for foreign scientists in all fields. Over 26,000 foreign researchers received financial support from German funding organisations and agencies in 2009 alone. Here you find a wide selection of funding programmes by various funding organisations for international academics and researchers – for students, graduates, doctoral students, postdocs and senior scientists.
For more funding opportunities please search the funding databases.


The Fulbright Programme includes a number of fellowships that allow students, PhD students and researchers to conduct research in the United States. At the Foundation Center you can find information about a large number of philanthropic organizations in the United States. The Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) of the NSF is the central body for international research activities both in and outside the NSF. OISE coordinates specific programmes for international cooperation and encourages international collaboration within the other NSF programmes. The OISE website includes current funding opportunities and information on contact persons for each country. Grants, scholarships, and fellowships are awarded throughout the year at the SF Soros Foundation. Applicants can determine their eligibility and view relevant initiatives and application guidelines.The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.


The AUNP ASEAN is a network of ASEAN collaboration in higher education. The ASEAN University Network (AUN) is an autonomous organisation, established under an umbrella of ASEAN and the mandate of Ministers responsible for higher education in ASEAN countries, dealing with the promotion of human resource development in the field of higher education within ASEAN and with its dialogue partners, namely Japan, Korea, China, India, Russia and the EU. The Cooperation China (NSFC) programme gives Chinese researchers the opportunity of a short stay in the Netherlands and Dutch researchers the chance to visit China. The programme also helps to fund joint seminars held in China or the Netherlands. The China Netherlands Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme (JSTP) aims at stimulating sustainable research collaboration by funding joint research projects and thematic dialogue seminars.

China Scholarship Council PhD-scholarship programme
Erasmus University is allowed to continue recruiting new PhD students in China. The contract with CSC (signed 2007) involves scholarships for PhD students encompassing a period of 48 months, after which the students return to China. Travel and lodging are paid for by CSC. In the event you are considering the selection of a Chinese PhD-student via the CSC Scholarship program, please submit an application before 1 October 2010 to Ms Weicha Tseng at / 

Canon Research Fellowships (JAPAN)
The canon Foundation in Europe offers research grants to highly qualified researchers. Grants are offered, regardless of discipline, to European nationals who intend to go to Japan, and to Japanese who intend to go to Europe. Deadline: 15 September of each year. Visit website for information and application forms.