Stay abroad

A research stay at a laboratory or organisation abroad is a recommended part of the yDiv training programme. The main purpose is to support the internationalisation of the doctoral researchers, allow them to gain additional practical experience, and support the development of a professional network at an early stage. It can also be used as a career advancement tool, e.g. getting to know non-scientific organisations. The stay abroad should also enhance the visibility of iDiv in the international scientific community.


The stay abroad should be connected to a scientific institution or a university research group, but it can also be done in a non-academic environment like non-governmental organisations or companies. If conducted in a scientific institution, the trip should have clear objectives that fit the overall aims of the PhD project (for example collecting material, conducting analyses and co-authoring a paper with colleagues abroad). If conducted outside of academia, it should support career objectives and provide orientation regarding possible career paths.

A summer school visit, a conference participation or field work alone do not count as a stay abroad. However, field trips can be accepted as part of the stay abroad, if scientific exchange with international partners is organized.


The stay abroad can be done in one or several parts and can last up to three months in total.


For current flexpool funded doctoral researchers, yDiv funds the stay abroad with a maximum amount of EUR 3.500.

All other doctoral researchers who are full members of yDiv can apply for half-funding of their three-month stay abroad via the Application form for partial funding (PDF). This form of funding provides half of the costs of the stay, up to the total sum of EUR 1500.

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