Incoming researchers

Excellent research is international

Our scholars maintain a wide range of scientific contacts around the world, and particularly in the regions of the Middle East, North and South America, and certainly Europe. The contacts range from joint publications to larger research collaborations. Pioneer of internationality is the IKGF – the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication”, funded by scientists of the faculty, that is generously financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2009 and that has developed out of an initial collaboration between Sinology and Medieval History.
An overview of all current research collaborations (collaborative projects) is provided by the faculty’s research office.

Your stay at FAU

Here you find information on how the faculty  of  Humanities,  Social  Sciences,  and  Theology supports you during your research stay in Erlangen and/or Nürnberg. Find information on what support we offer and what steps to undertake, when you come to visit the faculty as a researcher.

If you want to do your doctoral degree at our Faculty, first and foremost you need to find a supervisor. Your supervisor’s written support is the basis for every further step you will take, starting from visa application to getting financial support. Next, we recommend that you register your doctoral project with docdaten. This helps the Graduate Centre of FAU to maintain contact with you and to offer you any organisational support you might need during your stay at Erlangen-Nürnberg.

We offer you the help of local student buddies to support you throughout your stay in Erlangen-Nürnberg in all questions of organizing your life and your PhD study at our Faculty. Some chairs offer tutorials for international students. For more information see below (Support for Incoming Students).

The most important steps at a glance:

1.    Find yourself a supervisor.
2.    Sen your documents via certified mail to Promotionsbüro of the Faculty.
3.    Register with docdaten.
4.    Find yourself support at FAU Welcome Centre with the organisational questions during your research at FAU.

If you are looking for help to finance your research in Germany, you can visit the database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). There you find information on all possible scholarships. If you are a student from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia or Ukraine, you might be able to use a scholarship offered by BAYHOST.

If you want to learn German or enhance your proficiency, have a look at the offers of FAU language centre (summary in English).

Last not least: Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

Contact person

Dr. Ruth Maloszek

Please contact the International Office of our Faculty with any questions you might have.

If you are seeking a scholarship in order to finance your stay in Erlangen-Nürnberg, an overview is available from the database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The organisational questions of your research at FAU you can solve with the help of FAU Welcome Centre.

If you want to learn German or enhance your proficiency, have a look at the offers of FAU language centre (summary in English).

Contact person

Dr. Ruth Maloszek

Support for incoming researchers

If you require help at the start of and during your stay at our Faculty, the following support is available to you.

If you wish to be in regular contact with local students and to get support from one during the first weeks and throughout your time studying in Erlangen or Nürnberg, please contact the international office of the faculty. We will team you up with a suitable buddy to help you find your way around and meet new people.

Join the facebook group, where you can communicate in German or English: “Buddyprogramm der Philosophischen Fakultät der FAU

Contact person

Dr. Ruth Maloszek

International get-togethers take place regularly during the semester. As an international student, you meet German students, as an outgoing you meet students who have previously studied abroad or are planning to do so. Meetings take place in different places.

  • The programme for summer semester 2019 will be announced soon


The FAU Language Centre offers courses from Arabic to Ukrainian. If you are looking for a German course, you can chose a German language course at all possible levels of proficiency. Have a look at Sprachenzentrum to check registration deadlines.