DAAD Research Grants

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DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists.

Research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out a research project or a course of continuing education and training at a German state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute.

Research grants can be used to carry out:

  • research projects at a German higher education institution for the purpose of gaining a doctorate in the home country (this includes the doctoral programmes offered for developing and transformation countries under the "DAAD Sandwich Model"

  • research projects at a German university for the purpose of gaining a doctorate in Germany; for projects of these kinds, we would particularly refer to the structured doctoral study programmes, such as Research Training Groups or Doctoral Research Groups, International Postgraduate Programmes, Graduate Schools, Max Planck Research Schools, etc.
  • research projects or continuing education and training, but without aiming for a formal degree/qualification.

    Host Institution(s):

    German state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute.

    Target group:

    Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists

    Scholarship value:

  • Depending on the award holder’s academic level, the DAAD will pay a monthly award of 750 euros (graduates holding a first degree) or 1,000 euros (doctoral candidates). As a rule, the scholarship additionally includes certain payments towards health insurance cover in Germany. Furthermore, the DAAD generally will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, unless these costs are covered by the home country or by another funding source.
  • Award holders completing a stay of more than six months receive a study and research allowance plus, where appropriate, a rent subsidy and family allowance. Funding for attendance of a language course is decided on a case-by-case basis
  • When award holders take doctoral programmes run under the “DAAD Sandwich Model”, then the award may include the travel expenses of an academic supervisor – as long as this was already applied for in the first application.

    Eligibility:

  • Applications for DAAD research grants are open to excellently-qualified university graduates who hold a Diploma or Master’s degree at the time they commence the grant-supported research and, in exceptional cases, graduates holding a Bachelor’s degree or already holding a doctorate/PhD (post-docs).
  • It is required that doctoral candidates wishing to take a doctorate/PhD in their home country will already have been admitted to an appropriate course at their home university.
  • Besides previous study achievements, the most important selection criterion is a convincing and well-planned research or continuing education and training project to be completed during the stay in Germany and which has been coordinated and agreed with an academic supervisor at the chosen German host institute.
  • German language skills are generally required, although the required level also depends on the applicant’s project and topic, as well as on the available opportunities for learning German in the applicant’s home country.
  • At the time of application, generally no more than six years should have passed since the graduate gained the last degree; in the case of doctoral students, no more than three years should have passed since starting the doctoral process; and in the case of postdocs, no more than four years should have passed since gaining the doctorate. Depending on the country of origin of applicants, for example, special conditions prevailing in the home country education system, etc., exceptions are possible.
  • Applicants, who have been resident in Germany for longer than one year at the time of application, cannot be considered.

    Application Deadline: September Annually

    For more information and application, see; DAAD Research Grants Website

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