DAAD research grants provide foreign doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research or 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 programme is to promote binational doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called "cotutelle" procedure. The prerequisite is an individual agreement between the participating universities about the doctoral programme which is to be supervised.

Who can apply?

Excellently-qualified doctoral candidates and graduates who have admission to a doctoral programme at the time they begin their grant-supported research.

What can be funded?

Research periods at a state or state-recognised university in Germany for the purpose of writing a doctoral thesis, which is supervised and completed in two countries (cotutelle procedure); after the degree is successfully completed, the German university and partner institution abroad usually award the doctoral degree jointly.

Duration of the funding

  • Maximum of 18 months; the grant may also be used within the framework of several shorter stays within a period of three consecutive years. The length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule
  • Applicants should outline how they plan to divide their time between Germany and the home university in a work and time schedule in their application.
  • Grants are initially awarded for a maximum of twelve months. Extensions depend on achievements rendered in the first year.
  • During stays at their home university, the grant is interrupted.

Value

  • Monthly payments for doctoral candidates during the stay in Germany: 1,000 euros
  • 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
  • Travel and accommodation expenses according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law for supervising university teachers for one trip of up to 10 days
    - undertaken by the foreign university teacher to Germany to monitor progress
    - undertaken by the German university teacher to the home university of the scholarship holder to take part in final examinations.
    The nature of the trips should be specified in the work and time schedule submitted with the application.
Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing uninterrupted stays of over 6 months in Germany may receive the following additional benefits:
  • monthly rent subsidy
  • monthly allowance for accompanying members of family
To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, 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.

Selection

An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists reviews applications.
The most important selection criteria:
  • a convincing and well-planned research project or course of continuing education
  • academic achievements
Additional documents that prove academic suitability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the assessment.

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