The prime goal is the funding of the doctoral dissertation. Specifically, this grant serves the following purposes:
Postdocs can also refer to the funding opportunities offered by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.
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.
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.
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