Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) or the German Academic Exchange Service is the largest German support organisation in the field of international academic co-operation.
DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.
The aim of this grant programme is to support doctoral projects in Germany.
What can be funded?
Doctoral programmes at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany:
- individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic adviser; or
- participation in a structured doctoral study programme.
Language and Cultural Studies
Law, Economics and Social Sciences
Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
Art, Music, Sport
Who can apply?
- Have completed a Master degree or Bachelor degree
- Master of Arts/Master of Science degree or Bachelor of Art
- To be eligible, applicants should have graduated no longer than six years before the application deadline.
- Haven’t been in Germany more than 15 months
- Have a remarkable English language proficiency
Value of Award
Depending on academic level, monthly payments of:
- 750 euros (graduates)
- 1,000 euros (doctoral candidates)
Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
One-off research allowance
Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over six months may receive the following additional benefits:
- monthly rent subsidy
- monthly allowance for accompanying family members
To enable grant holders to improve their language skills in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:
- Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)” (www.deutsch-uni.com) for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
- If necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the research stay; the DAAD decides whether to fund the grant holder's participation and for how long depending on language skills and project. If a language course scholarship is granted and the working language at the host institute is German, participation is compulsory.
- Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period
- Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which has either been taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period
- As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.
How to Apply
To apply for the research grant, you will need to submit the following documents through the DAAD portal:
- Online application form
- CV (max. 3 pages)
- List of publications
- Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages)
- Degree certificate that indicate final grade
- Copy of school-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country.
- German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language
- Other documents which support your application (example: certificates of employment, proof of placements, etc.)
- All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system.
Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD's Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded.
31 October 2017 (exact date may vary from country to country)
To contact a DAAD partner in your area, please visit this page.