Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists and Academics

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Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists and Academics:

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;
  • Research projects or continuing education and training, but without aiming for a formal degree/qualification.

    The length of the grant is set by the grant committee at the selection session.

    Depending on the project in question and on the applicant's work schedule, grants can be paid generally for between one and ten months, in the case of full doctoral programmes in Germany for up to three years, and in exceptions for up to a maximum of four years.

    Support can only be provided for the completion of a full doctoral programme in Germany when special support policy reasons exist.

    Support for full doctoral programmes in Germany is based on a programme length of three years; if foreign graduates first have to qualify for admission to a doctoral programme, then grants can be awarded for a period of four years.

    Even when support has been awarded for a full doctoral programme, that award will initially be limited to a maximum of one year.

    Extensions then depend on whether or not the evaluation finds the previous award period to have been successfully completed.

    Value:

  • Depending on the award holder's academic level, the DAAD will pay a monthly award of 1000 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.

    Deadline: 30 September each year.

    For more grants information and application, see: Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists and Academics Website

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