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Newsletter June 2024
Dear reader,  
Summer is here and with it a number of occasions to get to know Germany all anew! First things first (for those who love football – the sport also known as soccer): the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship is just around the corner. And yes, Germany is the host country of the world’s second-most watched tournament in football. So, as all eyes are on “the beautiful game” in Germany this summer, we want to show you that football is full of research and innovation – and even yields a PhD scholarship programme! Find out more in our “A closer look” section, which also features the new Opportunity Card that allows non-EU professionals to job search in Germany much more easily.  
Speaking of arriving in Germany: this issue of our newsletter also offers important resources for planning your stay – from help with entry and visa regulations to learning German for free. We hope you enjoy reading…and welcome to Germany!
Wherever you see this tag, the post connects to our monthly spotlight topic.
Current calls
Apply by: 26 June 2024 
Advanced research: quantum technologies
JST-DFG 2024: Japanese-German Joint Call for Proposals on “Quantum Technologies”
Go to German Research Foundation (DFG)
Apply by: 17 July 2024 
PhD: all disciplines
Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme: scholarships for doctoral researchers
Go to Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft 
(in German)
Apply by: 29 August 2024 
PhD, Postdoc & Advanced research: all disciplines
ERC Advanced Grants
Go to European Research Council
Apply by: 1 September 2024 
Graduates & PhD: all disciplines
Doctoral scholarships from the Heinrich Böll Foundation
Go to Heinrich Böll Foundation
Apply by: 11 September 2024 
Postdoc: all disciplines
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships
Go to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Apply by: any time 
PhD & Postdoc: biomedical research
Travel grants from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
Go to Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
Apply by: any time 
Postdoc & Advanced research: all disciplines; applicants from developing and emerging countries (excluding PR China and India); research must contribute to sustainable development
Georg Forster Research Fellowship
Go to Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
A spotlight on: Welcome to Germany!
© iStock/Valerie Loiseleux
Make it in Germany: one website for all your questions about coming to Germany 
Planning to live and work in a different country is never without its complications: from visa and residency questions to language skills, from recognition of documents to insurance, childcare and finding a flat – many things need to be considered. make-it-in-germany.com – the German government’s portal for qualified professionals from around the world – is there to make this process as easy as possible for you.  
The website offers detailed information in several languages on all topics related to working and living in Germany. Additionally, it has an extensive service section with a hotline, free webinars, a glossary of important terms and more. In other words: if you are interested in coming to Germany, this is the place to start!
A closer look: work in Germany
From Lab to Pitch: research and innovation in football from Germany
To mark the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, we have visited international researchers and innovators from German universities, research institutions and companies. AI-based tactical football analysis, sports gear made of algae and much more: explore exciting examples of football-related research “made in Germany” in our testimonial videos and expert interviews. If you are interested in a PhD opportunity, check out our videos on the PhD programme “Science and Health in Football”, designed specifically for incoming international PhD researchers. Aaand the ball is rolling…discover “From Lab to Pitch”!
© iStock.com/primeimages
Easier job search in Germany with the new Opportunity Card
On 1 June, the new Opportunity Card (Chancenkarte) was introduced as an important step for the implementation of Germany’s new Skilled Immigration Act. It enables professionals from non-EU countries to enter Germany for a job search without proof of a permanent employment contract. Applicants with a degree that is fully recognised in Germany are automatically eligible for the card, otherwise it works with a points system. You want to know more? Fill out the quick self-check test on the Make it in Germany website or take part in the webinar listed in this newsletter's “Upcoming events” section!
The bigger picture: life in Germany
© Alumniportal Deutschland
Finding your way in Germany: an interactive guide for newcomers
Ever wondered how to greet your German work colleagues properly? For this and many other situations – from manners to local traditions, from cultural peculiarities to idioms and interpersonal relationships – Alumniportal Deutschland has designed an interactive infographic. It offers helpful insights and orientation for international students and professionals who have recently moved to Germany. Additional links lead you to further information. Curious? Then find out more about German dos and don’ts!
© DAAD/Jan Zappner
Misplaced perfectionism – why you should stop apologising for your German
“Entschuldigung, mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut” (“I’m sorry, my German is not very good”) is probably a phrase that most students of the German language can even mutter when woken up in the middle of the night. After a decade in Germany, Malaysian Chinese author Ying Reinhardt still felt anxious when talking to native speakers – until she realised her language skills weren’t the problem. Early on in her time in Germany, she had recognised that people she was talking to did not usually expect her to phrase everything correctly, but she couldn’t help being self-conscious in communicative situations. Find out what changed her attitude in this inspiring article!
In case you missed it
Learn German for free online with Deutsche Welle
If you don’t have the time to attend a language class or you just want to brush up on your German, here’s a great option for you: German broadcaster Deutsche Welle offers mobile language courses which are free of charge. They allow you to learn German easily and at your own pace – you can even practice the language with the latest news or music. Teachers will find a wealth of teaching materials. Take a look and get started!
Sponsorship opportunities for researchers at risk
The Humboldt Foundation’s Philipp Schwartz Initiative for researchers at risk allows researchers who are subject to personal threat in their country of origin to continue their work at German universities and research institutions. In the context of the initiative, the Humboldt Foundation cooperates closely with international partner organisations such as the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network. These are just two of the resources the Humboldt Foundation has compiled on their website. For a list of sponsorship programmes, networking activities and further helpful information, follow this link!
A meeting of great minds: the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics)
Are you curious what Nobel Laureates are up to outside the lab? Well, in summer, some 30 of them gather at beautiful Lake Constance to exchange ideas with 600 leading scientists of the next generation! The 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting takes place from 30 June to 5 July and will again foster scientific dialogue and networking across generations, disciplines, nationalities and cultures. To take part, the young scientists must pass a multi-stage application process. This year’s programme is all about physics, from Quantum Physics to AI.
Upcoming events
Working and living in Germany (interactive lecture)
Germany as a location for AI studies and research – DAAD opportunities (webinar)
Make it in Germany: Opportunity Card (webinar)
Meet your future you – Online Event for International Early Career Researchers
Your turn!
If you are coming to Germany soon or already live here: what are you most looking forward to in June?
Public screenings
New (football) friends
German beer gardens
Last month's results: 
If you are considering a PhD in Germany, what do you feel is the biggest obstacle to your plans?
In May, we asked you what you think are the biggest hurdles for a PhD in Germany. “Funding” got the most votes, while only 11% of you thought that “Getting settled” would be a problem. It seems it’s always the same old song: money makes the world go round…
Let’s stay in touch
Get updates about research career options and funding opportunities in Germany, the latest research news, interesting research projects and upcoming events.
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