Many people with a history of migration study, live and work in Germany and continue to feel a close connection with their country of origin. Many of them want to return one day – some with the desire to change things there. This holds great potential for sustainable development. When migrants return, they bring expertise and experience they can offer local employers and share with others. Their contribution enables innovation and opens up new prospects for people. This is where German development cooperation comes into play, supporting assignments of such Returning Experts.

Important Note:

At the moment applications for Returning Experts cannot be considered.

As soon as the funding programme resumes, we will inform you here. Please also note our funding opportunities for Diaspora Experts. 

Apekshya Dhungel steht vor einem rötlichen Hintergrund und schaut lächelnd in die Kamera.

Real-life examples

Places to relax that may save lives in case of emergency

Apekshya Dhungel was studying landscape architecture in Freising when an earthquake struck Nepal in 2015. She returned to Kathmandu to apply her knowledge to the reconstruction efforts. Her area of expertise: open spaces.

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In planning a new project, I always involve the people whom it actually concerns.

Apekshya Dhungel, Returning Expert

Support for Returning Experts comprises professional advice on your return and career planning, assistance in job placement, financial support as well as individual services for you on the ground. Furthermore, we organize networking events and trainings for knowledge exchange, enabling you to connect with other experts and local employers.

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Contact for Returning Experts

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!