Grants & Application

GESIS offers researchers (doctoral level and higher) and representatives of research infrastructures the possibility to apply for financial support for a stay at GESIS. The GESIS Research Grants program distinguishes between two kinds of grants: EUROLAB Grants and GESIS Grants. EUROLAB Grants allow GESIS guests to pursue their own research projects on the basis of data stored at GESIS Data Archive. GESIS Grants enable the realization of research projects, which GESIS and its guests jointly initiate and/or which aim to further develop infrastructure projects.

The following section presents the application process for these two grants, as well as for planned self-funded visits. The last part lists practical information, covering accommodation, location, financial matters and formalities.

Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, we will not publish any calls for research visits in 2020.

Should you have further queries, please email the EUROLAB staff at eurolab[at]

Individual researchers who want to work on data available at GESIS may apply for support to access EUROLAB for a period of one month. The call for application for a EUROLAB Grant is published once per year (in September).

An international selection panel evaluates the applications on a competitive basis. The applications are assessed depending on the expected scientific merits. Successful applicants receive a grant that covers travel costs (economy class) and accommodation. The application process takes approximately one month. A EUROLAB grant covers travel costs to and from GESIS up to a maximum amount of 500€ from European countries and 900€ from countries outside Europe upon presentation of the original receipts.

During their stay, guest researchers profit from a wide range of services offered by GESIS and EUROLAB including access to restricted data via the Secure Data Center.

By the end of their stay, guest researchers are expected to hand in a report that should summarize the main achievements obtained. Visitors are encouraged to publish their work in the GESIS publications.

GESIS Grants support collaboration, or the preparation of a collaboration between guests and GESIS employees. GESIS grants can be granted for a duration of five working days up to three months. The call for application for a GESIS Grant is published once per year (in Spring).

During their stay, guest researchers are expected to work on a joint publication, a joint proposal for third-party funding, to work on infrastructure activities, the improvement of a GESIS service, or another output of relevance for GESIS. If possible, applicants should be in contact with a cooperation partner from within GESIS prior to their application.

GESIS grant holders may be:

  • advanced doctoral candidates and postdocs up to four years after completing their doctorate studies from universities or other research institutions that conduct research in one of GESIS’ three major research areas (Survey Methodology, Social Science Research, Applied Computer and Information Science) or at the interface between these areas;
  • representatives of research infrastructures who hold a university degree and whose work is related to that of GESIS

A GESIS grant covers travel costs to and from GESIS up to a maximum amount of 500€ from European countries and 900€ from countries outside Europe upon presentation of the original receipts. For the duration of their stay, guests will receive an amount of up to 2000€ per month to cover subsistence expenses (meals, accommodation, etc.).

The Board of Directors will review applications on the basis of the preliminary examination results made by the scientific departments. The criteria for the assessment of the applications will be compatibility with GESIS' mission, the expected output, and the quality of the application.

Individual researchers or groups of researchers with own funding may apply all year round. If you are interested in visiting EUROLAB with your own funding, please apply using this application form.

Several European and national institutions offer research grants supporting research stays of international scholars in Germany, for example: DAAD, Marie Curie, Humboldt Foundation. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to inquire about and apply for these programs.


GESIS grant holders and self-funded visiting researchers are expected to organize their accommodation themselves. Upon request we can provide visiting researchers with a list of hotels close to GESIS with special rates. We advise you to book an accommodation as soon as you know the dates you are visiting us. Cologne is a popular venue for conferences and trade fairs which is why hotels are often fully booked. Accommodation for EUROLAB grant holders will be booked by EUROLAB staff.


Please be sure that you have a valid health insurance for the duration of your visit. In some cases it might be wise to have separate travel insurance. Inquire whether this is recommendable in your case.

Passport & Visa

It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport or other personal identification is valid for the entire duration of your stay in Germany. Please check with your national authorities whether you need a visa to travel to Germany.


EUROLAB Grant Holders as well as self-funded guests usually work at our location in Cologne. GESIS Grant Holders work either in Cologne or at our location in Mannheim.

Research visit and family duties

GESIS is a “workandfamily” audit certified research institution and we specifically encourage parents to apply for both grants. If you have any questions on how to reconcile your research visit with your family duties, please don’t hesitate to contact us at eurolab(at)gesis(dot)org. Please contact us if you plan on bringing family with you during your stay.

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