July 10, 2013

DAAD Scholarships for Medical Doctors

DAAD Scholarships for Medical Doctors

Course(s) Offered: Medicine
Course Level: Graduate (masters, phd, research training)
Provider: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Country to Study in: Germany

Scholarship Description
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships.

The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

For Medical Doctors holding an MBBS degree wishing to train or do research.

IMPORTANT (also see 'Sponsorship duration' below):
Grant holders who practise medicine in Germany (whereby a training section completed as part of the medical specialist training is also considered in Germany to constitute the practice of medicine) or who have contact with patients require a "Permit for the Temporary Practice of Medicine" (Erlaubnis zur vorübergehenden Ausübung des ärztlichen Berufs) issued by the Regional Government Office in the federal state in which their host university is located. This means that applicants whose project involves them working with patients not only have to meet the general application requirements for the Research Grants Programme as such, but must in general additionally meet the following requirements:
  • Applicants must have completed at least 7 years of medical training with a university degree. (Doctors from developing countries must additionally be able to present proof of at least three years of professional practice following completion of their medical training)
  • They must also hold an unconditional licence to practise medicine in their home country
The DAAD will send further information and, where necessary, relevant forms in good time to all those grant holders who require permission to practise medicine.

Eligible groups
Medical Doctors from any nationality

Participating Institutions
Any approved German universities and institutions of higher learning

Fields of study
For Medical Doctors holding a MBBS degree, the following training and research options exist:
  • Master in Public Health within the framework of the funding programme "Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance for Developing Countries" (See below. - Two years professional experience required!)
  • Up to one year practical training at a German university clinic (more)
  • Up to one year research within a PhD project to be completed in Pakistan (see above: Research Grant)
  • PhD research in pure natural science (e.g. Molecular Biology) leading to the degree "Dr. rer.nat." or "Dr.rer.medic." (see above: DAAD Research Grants)
Please note:
  • DAAD does not fund any PhD research leading to the German degree "Dr. med.", "Dr.med.vet." or "Dr.med.dent."
  • DAAD does not fund a full course of specialist training.
Number of awards
Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding.

Sponsorship duration
Grant holders whose research grant is scheduled to run for up to six months must, if they require a licence to practise medicine, already themselves send their application to Germany while they are still in their home country. Please note that the award only comes into effect, which means that the grant can only be taken, once the holder has received permission to practise medicine.

Grant holders whose grant is scheduled to run for more than six months must submit the application for a "Permit for the Temporary Practice of Medicine" (Erlaubnis zur vorübergehenden Ausübung des ärztlichen Berufs) via the DAAD. To avoid any unnecessary delays, the required papers and documents must be obtained in the home country before the grant is begun or before any preliminary language course and must be sent to the DAAD in good time. Please note that it may take several weeks before the relevant regional government office issues this permit.

Scholarship benefits
Under its "Research Grants" programme (including research grants awarded in accordance with the so-called "Sandwich Model") the DAAD funds study and research stays completed in Germany by young foreign scientists (including from fields such as Human Medicine, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine).

Types of funding for applicants from medical fields:
a) The following projects are funded in the form of non-extendable research grants scheduled to run for up to one year:
  • Continuing clinical training (e.g. as part of the specialist medical training being completed in the home country)
  • Research projects
  • Stays to collect material for a dissertation/doctoral thesis to be written in the home country or for a publication
The DAAD does not fund complete medical specialisation courses lasting several years in Germany.

b) Extendable research grants are awarded only for purely natural sciences based doctoral programmes or studies in Germany (e.g. leading to Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. rer. medic. degrees). The total funding term is three years, and in exceptions four years.
By contrast, it is not possible to provide funding for the purpose of producing a medical dissertation/doctoral thesis (Dr. med., Dr. med. vet., or Dr. med. dent.).

Method of Application
Important Note! The online form for the application for admission to german university for international applicants with foreign academic qualification" as well as the information leaflet have been both revised.

You will have to download the DAAD Application for Research Grants and Study Scholarships as a PDF file, print and complete it, and mail it along with your application documents. Choose your desired language:
You can fill in the form on the screen. Please note that you can not save it! Please print it out and mail it to the designated place of application.

You will need Acrobat Reader to read and print the files.

The deadline of application is September 30 of every year.
(For deadline of programme "Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance for Developing Countries" please see below.)

Further information for all applicants from the field of medicine (read carefully);
More information about Medicine in Germany

  1. Address:
    DAAD Information Center Islamabad
    F-7/4, Street 55, House 23
    Tel.: ++92 (0) 51 - 26 56 382
    Before visiting, please make an appointment.
  2. Director:
    Ursula Saarbeck (Ms)
    director [at] daad. org. pk
  3. Information about study and research in Germany:
    info [at] daad. org. pk
Application Deadline: September 30, 2013
Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Medical Doctors)

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