DAAD Research Grants for Young Foreign Academics and Scientists

Applications are invited for DAAD research grants available for young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. The grants will be awarded for doctoral programme at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany.

The aim of this grant program is to support doctoral projects in Germany. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany.

A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree of 2nd class upper division level and a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree is required.

 

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: Grants are available for graduate and doctoral candidates to carry out research and continue their education in Germany.
  • Course Level: Grants are available for graduate and doctoral candidates to carry out research and continue their education in Germany.
  • Study Subject: Grants are awarded in following disciplines: Language and Cultural Studies, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Mathematics/Natural Sciences, Medicine, Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science.
  • Scholarship Award: 
    • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of:
      euros 850.- for graduates,
      euros 1,200.- for doctoral candidates
    • 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

Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months may receive the following additional benefits:

  • monthly rent subsidy
  • monthly allowance for accompanying family members

To enable grant holders to improve their language skills in preparation for their stay in Germany, 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.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not known
  • Nationality: Foreign applicants
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany

 

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: Foreign applicants can apply for these DAAD research grants.
  • Entrance Requirements:Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a Master’s degree or Diplom, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.
    • A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree of 2nd class upper division level and a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree are required.
    • For francophone countries: A Licence or Maitrise degree of “assez bien” level and a DEA/DESS degree or a Master corresponding to the LMD system are required.
    • As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the application deadline. If you are already working on a doctoral degree, you should not have started your degree any longer than three years previously.
    • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.
    • The required language level depends on the applicant’s study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted if English is spoken at the host institute.
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there. Language skills: The required language level depends on the applicant’s study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted if English is spoken at the host institute.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Applicants can access the DAAD portal by clicking “Application portal” at the end of the page. Here applicants will find an online application form in which they can enter their application data. Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD’s Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded!

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications (max. 10 pages), if applicable
  • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages)

In the case of individual projects supervised by a university teacher (academic adviser)

  • Letter confirming supervision by a university teacher in Germany (academic adviser)
  • Schedule of planned research work

In the case of planned participation in a structured doctoral study program:

  • Letter of admission to a study program; this can be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
  • Proof of existing contacts to the coordinator of the doctoral program in the form of copies of correspondence

Also for all applicants:

  • Diploma or degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
  • Other documents which support your application (example: certificates of employment, proof of placements, etc.)
  • German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language
  • Copy of school-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)
  • An official confirmation of funding for your field trip expenses (e.g. from you home university) or a confirmation that applicants will cover the costs by yourself. Kindly note that the DAAD cannot cover field trips expenses, hence we request you to send us an official confirmation of funding.
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of the grading system.

To be submitted by post:

  • The “Application Summary”, which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send 1 copy/copies to the application address.
  • Two recent references from university teachers which provide information about their qualifications; please enclose the references in envelopes with each copy of their application

Online Application

Scholarship Link

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