Academic Visitor Program

As part of our efforts to contribute to the development of a worldwide network of researchers in educational assessment and evaluation, we recently established the IEA Research and Analysis (RandA) Unit. The unit offers academics the opportunity to visit IEA’s Data Processing and Research Center in Hamburg, Germany. The academic visitor program enables visiting researchers and RandA staff members to come together to exchange ideas and develop joint projects.

Main features of the visitor program

The main aims of the program are to:

  • Give postgraduate students, early career researchers, and experts interested in working with IEA studies opportunity to collaborate with IEA research staff;
  • Provide visitors with direct access to IEA data and resources in order to help them carry out their research projects;
  • Enable our senior researchers to assist visitors with their research projects;
  • Promote networking within a worldwide research community.

As a visitor, you will be expected to:

  • Collaborate on ongoing projects within the RandA Unit;
  • Present on the work you did during your visit in an internal colloquium.

We will provide you with:

  • An academic mentor for the duration of your stay;
  • A working place, a personal computer, access to internet, information and communications technology services, and office supplies.

Visits typically last between one week and two months. Extended study visits may be arranged by negotiation.


  • You will need to cover all other expenses related to your stay at the IEA in Hamburg, including, but not limited to, health insurance for yourself and accompanying dependents, if any.
  • You may also need to pay bench fees if your visit is longer than two months.


To qualify for an academic visit to the IEA in Hamburg, you will need to:  

  • Work on a research project related to IEA studies during your stay (see following section);
  • Obtain the necessary visa and arrange your own travel to the IEA in Hamburg, Germany;
  • Cover the costs of your travel and accommodation, as well as your living expenses during your visit (approximately € 750–1000 per month in 2016);
  • Present proof of valid medical insurance coverage while you are in Germany;
  • Be able to communicate fluently in English.

To be eligible, you must meet all five conditions. If you cannot meet one or more of these conditions, please consider postponing your application until you can satisfy all of them.

How to apply

Please provide the following documents:

  • Letter of request, including the preferred dates for your visit, the general objectives of your visit, and the specific activities you would like to focus on;
  • Your CV with a record of publications (if applicable);
  • A proposal or research protocol referring to the focus of your visit. This must include the following items:
    • Summary
    • Objectives
    • Literature review
    • Data
    • Methods
    • Expected results.

Selection process

We accept applications four times a year. Deadlines for each cycle are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, and 31 December.  All applications are reviewed by our academic committee. Candidates will be notified of acceptance or rejection within four weeks of the relevant deadline. Please be advised that academic visits can commence earliest 6 months following the respective deadline.

Please send all documents via email to hr [at] Applicants are requested to insert ‘Academic Visitors Program’ into the subject of their email when submitting the application.

Please be assured that the information you send us is used only for the internal review process and will never be passed on to any third party.