DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists 2013-14
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DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): German state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute | Germany

Level : PhD Research

Field(s): See the official website and the country-specific websites for more information.

Deadline: 15 October each year.

Funded By: DAAD

Beneficiaries( Target Group): DAAD Research Grants are open for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions)

Award No: Not specified.

Scholarship Covers: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 (cf. Requirements).
  • 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.


DAAD 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-recognized 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” – see Information Leaflet, which is also available on the Internet www.daad.de/extrainfo);
  • 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. Please go to the following website for further information: www.daad.de/ipp;
  • research projects or continuing education and training, but without aiming for a formal degree/qualification.


To be eligible for DAAD research grants, candidates must meet the following requirements

  • Applications for DAAD 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.
  • DAAD Research Grants Applicants, who have been resident in Germany for longer than one year at the time of application, cannot be considered.

See the country-specific information for more detailed information.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for DAAD Research Grants.

Detailed information on what application papers need to be submitted can be found on the Application Form for “Research Grants and Study Scholarships” (“Antrag auf ein Forschungs-/Studienstipendium”), which can be obtained on the Internet ( www.daad.de/en/form) or from the diplomatic and consular representations of the Federal Republic of Germany, from DAAD Lektors, from the DAAD regional offices or Information and Advice Centres, and from partner organisations.

The DAAD website www.daad.de/stipendien provides further specific information for applicants from your home country. This information includes the language skills which applicants from your country of origin must meet, as well as information on the exact deadlines for the submission of the application papers and on where applications should be sent. (Admin’s note: Although not generally true for all, the deadline is around September-October each year.)

Important Note: Applications must not be sent directly to DAAD head office in Bonn.

Contact information:

‣ The country-specific web pages provide the addresses of institutions which you can contact in your home country for further information and advice.

For more Information about DAAD research grants

Country-specific pages can be accessed at www.daad.de/stipendien

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