Discover new perspectives! Visit Germany's libraries
and virtual conferences held in Germany!
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 take new findings back to your home country and institution.
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NEW in 2021: BII supports participation in virtual conferences in Germany
Librarians and information professionals can receive full funding for an online participation in a virtual or hybrid conference held in Germany. Funding is possible for registrations fees from 50 € / or 100 € (applications from High Income Countries). Due to the pandemic, in 2021 the deadline for applications ends 14 days BEFORE the online conference starts!
---> see application form here
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.
BI-International may offer financial grants not only for virtual but also for face to face conferences, professional visits or study trips for librarians and library experts who want to visit Germany's libraries.
Funding programmes and grants for "Foreign Library Experts to Germany (AnD)"
- NEW: Participation in virtual Conferences in Germany, from up to 50 € registration fee (100 € for High Income Countries). In 2021 deadline for applications ends 14 days before the conference starts.
---> see application form here
- Professional Visits: 1-3 weeks internship in a German library (Info sheet Professional Visit as PDF)
- Specialist Events and Congresses, Face to Face: with library/information topic for max. 5 days, active role (i.e. as speaker, poster presenter) (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, should the current situation prevent or complicate a planned stay in Germany. 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. You need to fill out an application again next year. Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any special questions.