Researcher / Guest Scientist


Does this category apply to you?

- If you intend to do PhD or PostDoc studies in Germany and have obtained a work contract as “student assistant” or “scientific assistant” (“studentische Hilfskraft”), please refer to the information on studies visa.

- If a Bachelor Degree is your highest academic qualification, please hand in your work contract instead of a hosting agreement.

Before filling out the application form and booking an appointment (step 2), please prepare the following documentation for your national visa:

  • valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and with at least 2 empty pages for visa)
  • application form, completed online with VIDEX, printed out twice and both forms duly signed by you
  • 3 current, identical passport photos according to biometric specifications (current = not older than 6 months)
  • Declaration for additional contact and legal representation information - completed and signed twice by you
  • Declaration in regards to § 18 AufenthG

  • 2 copies of your passport’s data page (A4 size copies)
  • Hosting Agreement acc. to § 18d Residence Act (“Aufnahmevereinbarung gem. § 18d AufenthG”), duly completed and signed by the German Research Facility / University and by you. The Hosting Agreement is available as a download here
  • If applicable: scholarship / fellowship award letter
  • Proof of academic qualifications, e. g. Master Degree, Bachelor Degree
  • If applicable: letter of confirmation from the previous Indian employer
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Travel health insurance (minimum coverage: EUR 30,000 in the entire Schengen area; validity has to match travel dates; more info can be found here
  • Visa fee - for further information see step 2 of the application process

The visa fee for scholarship holders has been waived.

All documents need to be presented in original plus 2 copies (A4 size).

Please note that the German Mission in India reserves the right to ask for additional documents.

The submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee that a visa is granted.

Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to appear for a visa interview may result in the rejection of your application.

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