Whether for new young scientists or experienced scientists, Germany offers a wide variety of support programs. Some are explicitly aimed at returnees as well as at junior professors and scientists with children.
With their scientist returnee program, the GSO and the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung support institutes of higher education in Baden-Württemberg that appoint outstanding German researchers from abroad.
The Else-Kröner-Fresenius-Förderinitiative is aimed at top-class medical researchers.
Scientists who move to Germany from abroad can apply to the DAAD (German academic exchange service) for six-month returnee grants. Allowances can also be awarded for trips to job interviews or specialist presentations.
With the Marie Curie Integration Grants, the EU supports scientists who work outside Europe. The Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships provide support to scientists, who previously worked outside Europe, for stays of one to two years in Germany for research purposes.
The DFG and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung offer their stipendiaries who live abroad the possibility of applying for additional returnee grants.