ZMT offers international academics the opportunity to conduct research for a period of a time as a guest researcher at ZMT.

Every year, up to five academics (doctoral candidates) from tropical countries receive a NAM Fellowship, allowing them to spend up to three months conducting research at the institute and networking with colleagues. The application deadline for the NAM Fellowship is usually in June.

ZMT also welcomes holders of fellowships from the UN Nippon Foundation who work in science and policy areas in developing nations. Holders of scholarships from the DAAD, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) in Delmenhorst regularly visit the ZMT and are given support at the institute and in preparation for their stay. ZMT participates in the Leibniz-DAAD postdoctoral programme.

How do I become a guest researcher? If you are interested in attending ZMT as a guest researcher, you may wish to apply for funding at one of the foundations listed above. If accepted, you will be taken on as a guest in one of ZMT’s eighteen working groups. If you are interested in a stay at ZMT, you may contact the working group head with a specific enquiry (you should specify why you would like to work in this working group and how the focus of your work matches the research conducted in the working group). Please get in touch with the working group in good time (ideally two to three months) prior to the application deadline for a scholarship.

What does ZMT offer guest researchers? Guest researchers are integrated into day-to-day life at ZMT. They can attend lectures and seminars, as well as the courses offered by the ZMT Academy. Guest researchers are also free to attend German courses and sports activities. Our proximity to the University of Bremen and many institutions involved in marine research (MARUM, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, AWI – Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research) gives guest researchers access to a highly attractive environment. The Welcome Center of the University Bremen Research Alliance supports international guest researchers prior to and during their stays here.