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The German Academic International Network (GAIN) is the network for German researchers and scientists living and working in the U.S. and Canada. Since 2003, we help build professional networks within the community and with the German research landscape, support a potential return to Germany, and represent interests with the political deciders and policy makers in Germany.


We advise and inform scientists and researchers about career opportunities in Germany and facilitate contacts with potential employers. In our newsletter and on the website, we provide updates on current developments in science policy and relevant calls for application and funding. We want to help turn the skills and knowledge acquired abroad into key assets for a successful career in Germany.


We connect German scientists and researchers to each other as well as to potential collaborators and employers in academia and industry. Moreover, we offer access to a network of experts and mentors for budding entrepreneurs and innovators.

Career Building

We provide researchers and scientists with the right tools to actively shape their own careers. Experts and peers from all areas of the German and North American research landscapes offer support and provide valuable insights and best practices. Our flagship event is the annual meeting, held alternately in San Francisco and Boston with representatives from science, research, business and politics. At the local level, our members can participate in events such as the Stammtische, trade fairs and workshops.

Our Partners

GAIN is a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and receives support from the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF). Associated members are the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe), German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the German Rectors’ Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz), the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, and the Max Planck Society. A variety of partners and collaborators from science, industry, and politics regularly support us in our work.