Discover new perspectives! Visit Germany's libraries!
You are working in a library or an information organization?
If you are a foreign library expert or information professional, expand your professional horizons in Germany with the support of BI-International. Gain new experiences in direct exchange with German colleagues and establish new professional relationships. Find out about current developments in Germany and bring new findings back to your home country and institution.
BI-Interantional may offer financial grants for professional stays of librarians and library experts who want to come to Germany.
If you plan your trip to Germany, we can support you financially:
Employees in libraries and information institutions who have currently a job position and who are actively involved in professional life can participate in our funding programmes.
The aim is to sponsor and support the international exchange of experience and knowledge in the field of libraries and information as well as face-to-face meetings between international and German librarians and library experts.
BII offers three funding programmes and grants
for "Foreign Library Experts to Germany (AnD)"
- Professional Visits: 1-3 weeks internship in a German library (Info sheet Professional Visit as PDF)
- Specialist Events and Congresses: with library reference for max. 5 days (Info sheet Specialist Events Conferences as PDF)
- Study trips for groups: groups of 3-15 people on max. 5 working days (Info Sheet Study Trips as PDF)
To apply for a grant, please read carefully our Info Sheets about the programmes and more information under the menu item GRANTS for Professional visits, study trips or specialist events and congress attendance.
BI-International is trying to find individual solutions for scholarships already granted for 2020, should the current situation prevent or complicate a planned stay in Germany. For 2020 already granted scholarships remain valid until the end of the year. Already confirmed grants for i.e. postponed conferences to next year will be individually considered for 2021. You need to fill out an application again next year. Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any special questions.