Frequently Asked Questions

The "Deutsches Wissenschafts- und Innovationshaus" (DWIH, the German Centre for Research and Innovation) is a joint endeavor of the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF) to intensify international cooperation. Five DWIHs have been set up in five countries around the world under this initiative. Four of these have been established in São Paulo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA) and Tokyo (Japan). The fifth DWIH has been set up in New Delhi (India) as the "German Centre for Research and Innovation" and is coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Overall, it is a consortium of 15 organizations.

The overall objectives of the DWIH New Delhi are

  • to intensify the cooperation of German research (funding) organizations/ universities/ research active industry among themselves in their efforts to intensify cooperation with Indian researchers and institutions.
  • to intensify the interaction of Indian and German young and senior scientists with those carrying out research in Indian universities/ institutions.

The consortium supporters of DWIH New Delhi are:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)
  • Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation (BayIND)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Research Centre Julich)
  • Free University Berlin
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • University of Heidelberg / Heidelberg Centre/ South-Asia Institute
  • University of Cologne
  • Max-Planck Society (MPG)
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen)
  • Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich)
  • University of Göttingen
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG)
  • Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC)

15 independent supporters increase synergies, reduce redundancies in their activities; they are keeping their individual missions and activities.
You may identify your partner/ partners by browsing topics by User/ Sector category (this option is available at the end of each page).

The DWIH New Delhi offers a forum for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences. We create networking opportunities through the funding/ organization of conferences, thematic workshops, lectures and other networking events. These kinds of activities cultivate collaboration in a variety of disciplines. The supporters of the DWIH New Delhi participate in conferences and workshops throughout India and are available to answer questions in person during these events and after these events. The DWIH New Delhi announces regularly “Calls for the Application for a DWIH New Delhi Co-Sponsored Event” and selects high-quality proposals on the basis of scientific peer-review and the final decision will be taken by the DWIH Advisory Board (formerly, known as the DWIH Round-Table). Then, the applicant will be informed about the decision.

If you would like to contact the DWIH New Delhi, please visit our Contact Us page or write to us at

Opportunities for Research funding are listed on our Research Funding page.

Funding opportunities for students, who would like to pursue their Ph.D. in Germany, are listed on our Ph.D. in Germany page.

Please identify your German partner/ host through the publications. You may also visit the website for finding the list of institutions/ researchers active in your area of research interest.

As the World is shrinking due to Globalization, learning a foreign language is an undoubted asset. While it is not a problem to communicate in English at research institutes in Germany, there are still plenty of good reasons for at least having a basic knowledge of German. Language is not only a window to scientific journals or technical books, but it is also a window to its culture and people. It can help you integrate more easily into everyday life. Hence, it would be helpful to learn the basics before your research stay. For natural scientists and engineers, good knowledge of English or German is sufficient. Scholars in the humanities and social sciences should have profound knowledge of German for the successful completion of a research project in Germany. In the case of physicians, especially if the research involves work with patients, the candidate must have a good knowledge of German.

The DWIH New Delhi focuses on events that showcase the high quality of research, while promoting the exchange of ideas between Indian and German researchers and scientists, across disciplines. This is achieved through symposia, colloquia, exhibitions, workshops, and other event formats.
The applicants are encouraged to develop innovative event formats that encourage communication, networking and knowledge sharing.

The DWIH consortium can apply for these activities. Also, the individuals/ organizations/ institutions/ universities associated with any of the DWIH Consortium supporter can apply, but in this case, the consortium supporter should submit the application or certify the application, which then can be submitted by the applicant.

Please note that the application with more number of participating consortium supporters will be preferred.

The target audience of the events varies and depends on the discipline of the event. The DWIH New Delhi promotes and encourages young researchers and people from academics, research and industry to be a part of these events.

If you or your organization wishes to plan an event with the DWIH New Delhi or any of its consortium supporters, you may write to us for the details at or fill-in the Website Feedback form (available here).

The review procedure takes approx. 2 months and the final decision is taken by the DWIH Advisory Board (formerly, known as the DWIH Round-Table).
In the peer review process carried out by senior scientists, as well as in the selection process carried out by the local representatives of the DWIH Supporter Organizations, preference is given to those proposals…

  • ...including participants from multiple DWIH supporter organizations.
  • ...adding a clear benefit to the objectives of the DWIH New Delhi, especially in bringing together outstanding young and senior scientists from Germany and India.
  • ...adding to the visibility of the German scientific landscape and the collaboration of the German scientific community with the Indian scientific community.

All the activities, which have been organized by the consortium supporters of DWIH New Delhi, are listed on our News List.

The upcoming activities are listed on our Events List page. You may also refer to DWIH Calendar on our page for an overview of the upcoming events. However, you may contact us at with any specific questions you have or you may fill-in our Website Feedback form and write your specific question.

You should first identify the event of your interest. Then, you may either write to us at or you may get in touch with the event coordinating DWIH consortium supporter.