International research mobility

The Abbe School of Photonics has developed network of international premium partnerships in academia with direct access to leaders and decision-makers in photonics all over the world. This enables our doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to embark on short- and long-term research visits our partner institutions all over the world. Research visits abroad allow our doctoral candidates to gain experience in another research environment and to improve their language skills. From a scientific and technological point of view, the use of the infrastructure of the host institution offers very often new possibilities for measurements and experimental work.
These mobilities are fed by different and alternating funding and scholarship programs and exhibit a key element for guaranteeing a truly international doctoral research training group and an almost mandatory element in the training of every single doctoral track. Practically all doctoral researchers in our program are eligible for participating in different exchange schemes. Currently, in particular the following mobilities are being funded:


Research visits at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia

Many researchers of the Australian National University (ANU), one of the most prestigious Universities in the world, and ACP/ASP have built an active cooperation in various fields of physics and photonics substantiated by numerous mobility projects and, last but not least, a long lasting joint science track. Many ANU and ACP scientists have already been working and teaching at the partner institution for durations between a few weeks and several years. These exchanges of scientific staff at all career levels was based on different mobility funding schemes over the years. Currently, different travel and research visit schemes are available for doctoral candidates via two programs funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). To inquire your eligibility, please contact Jun. Prof. Isabelle Staude () or Prof. Thomas Pertsch ().


Research visits at the National Taiwan University

Already for many years, ASP is fostering a vivid exchange of researchers, ideas and projects with the National Taiwan University and the National Central University, both located in Taipeh, and in the grand field of nanophotonics. To inquire your options as an ACP scientist for participating in a short-term or long-term research stay in Taipeh, please approach Dr. Frank Setzpfandt ().



Research and teaching visits at the University of Bordeaux, France

Our Erasmus+ program for mobilities on the Master's degree level with the M.Sc. Light Sciences and Technologies program of the University of Bordeaux and at the LAPHIA Cluster of Excellence in Photonics is complemented by the possibility of Erasmus+-funded, one-week research and teaching visits at the same location.

To inquire your options as an ACP scientist or lecturer for researching or teaching in Bordeaux, please approach Prof. Christian Spielmann ().


Research visits in Toronto, Montréal or Québec City in Canada

Based on the long-term cooperation and the deep roots established by our DFG-funded International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2101 "Guided light, tightly packed", we are still able to provide and organized flexible and on-demand research stays with our Canadian partners:

Research thrusts and topics with our Canadian partners may include, but are not limited to, optical waveguides, fibers and related technologies to confine and control light in ultra-compact devices. A list of the Canadian scientists who are participating in this consortium, is available here: If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact Dr. Anna Späthe ().



Research and teaching visits at the Delft Technical University in The Netherlands

Our Erasmus+ program for mobilities on the Master's degree level with the M.Sc. Applied Physics at the Technical University in Delft is complemented by the possibility of Erasmus+-funded, one-week research and teaching visits in Delft. To inquire your options as an ACP scientist for researching or teaching in Delft, please approach Prof. Herbert Gross ().