Planning your Research Project
Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is Germany’s oldest university and has one of the strongest research profiles in all of Europe. The current successes in the Excellence Initiative and in internationally recognised rankings prove that Heidelberg’s excellent reputation and leading role in the scientific community is well deserved. The concept of the comprehensive university is a central component of Heidelberg University's institutional strategy. Special emphasis is placed on initiating and maintaining a dialogue across traditional subject boundaries and developing new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation. The following are four of the University's outstanding research areas:
- Molecular and cellular basis of life
- Structure and pattern formation in the material world
- Cultural dynamics in globalised worlds
- Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations
The two clusters of excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" and "Cellular Networks", both funded by the Excellence Initiative, represent additional research foci. Another strength of Heidelberg University lies in its numerous collaborations and alliances with non-university research institutions and companies in Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar region and its strong involvement in two top-level clusters of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
It is therefore not surprising that the University of Heidelberg is very popular with international scholars. The large number of scholars from all over the world who come to this beautiful city on the Neckar every year appreciate the excellent working conditions and the intellectually stimulating atmosphere that they find here. We would be very pleased to be able to welcome you as an international scholar to the University of Heidelberg!
You can find an overview of all research institutions here. The research database provides the possibility to search for current research projects.
There is more information about research opportunities and research funding available on the web site of the Research Division. The Heidelberg Research Services team would be happy to advise you on an individual basis about the realization or implementation of your research project. The web pages of the individual faculties and institutes can also be helpful in this regard as they contain information about their courses and teaching staff as well as about their current research areas.
Another important source of cooperative partnership is provided by non-university research institutions that have established themselves in Heidelberg to profit from ongoing dialogue with the University. Many of their researchers are also members of the University. The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) epitomises Heidelberg's outstanding reputation for tumour research and therapy. The collaboration between the University and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) has laid the foundations for a concerted approach to molecular biology research probably unrivalled in Europe or anywhere else. Heidelberg also boasts four Max Planck Institutes representing an invaluable addition to the spectrum of research at the University. There is an overview of all affiliated institutions here.
Even though it is possible to get along within the University community with English only, good German skills make daily life easier and greatly facilitate the process of settling in to a new environment. Therefore, we recommend that international visitors learn or improve their German skills at home before beginning their research stay. The Goethe Institute, Germany’s main cultural institute, has branches all around the world and offers German language courses in more than 90 countries. There are also numerous possibilities to learn German in Heidelberg. You can find information about German language courses in Heidelberg and at Heidelberg University here.