(Also, see the page on international mobility)
Academic stays abroad are an option during your doctoral studies, and in many scientific fields, international contacts are essential to a successful academic career. When planning a stay abroad, you should have a clear idea of the objective and purpose of the venture and use these as criteria when choosing a partner university. Ideally, the stay abroad is integrated into your doctoral project, e.g. in form of essential archive research work, the acquisition of methodological skills or specialised expertise gained from scientists or academics abroad.
There are various scholarship and fellowship programmes available for covering the additional costs incurring during a stay abroad (travel expenses, maintaining two residences, and, if applicable, fees charged by the partner institution or university). The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, for example, are funding sponsors for international research stays. Among other things, the DAAD supports stays abroad for 1 to 12-month in its Research Grants for Doctoral Students. To a limited extent, Paderborn University awards travel grants for conference, information and research trips. You can find the application requirements in the Funding Guidelines for the Allocation of Funds from the Research Reserve. Please contact the dean of your faculty. Additional funding programmes for international stays can be found in ELFI, Service for Electronic Research Funding Information, and on the EU portal Euraxess. Furthermore, the staff of the Research Service and Consulting Office will also offer advice and information on the funding of international research stays.
Some graduate programmes already have an international alignment per se and have included stays abroad for their doctoral students as part of their supervision and support concept. This is in particular the case in the international graduate programmes (IRTG), international training groups (ITN) and the international graduate school (IGS).
The Doctoral Degree Regulations at Paderborn University generally also allow for bi-national doctorates. If you are interested in a bi-national doctorate, please discuss this with your supervisor. The Research Service and Consulting Office will assist you with the contractual and administrative matters related to the joint doctorate process.