Research Grants for
Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists. Full details:
state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution or
non-university research institute
: PhD Research
the official website and the country-specific websites for more
October each year.
Target Group): DAAD Research Grants are
open for Doctoral
Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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);
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;
projects or continuing education and training, but without aiming
for a formal degree/qualification.
be eligible for DAAD
candidates must meet the following requirements
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
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.
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.
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
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.
the country-specific information for more detailed information.
is important to visit the official website (link found below) for
detailed information on how to apply for DAAD Research Grants.
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 (
or from the diplomatic
and consular representations of
the Federal Republic of Germany, from DAAD Lektors, from the DAAD
and Advice Centres,
and from partner organisations.
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.)
Note: Applications must not
be sent directly to DAAD head office in Bonn.
country-specific web pages provide the addresses of institutions
which you can contact in your home country for further information
more Information about DAAD
pages can be accessed at www.daad.de/stipendien
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