DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists

DAAD Research Grants

Study Subjects: Any field
Scholarship Level: Postgraduate (Research Grant/Doctoral Research)
Scholarship Provider: DAAD
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Scholarship Description
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.
  • Applications for DAAD research 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.
  • 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.
Special note for medical students: The special leaflet "Additional information on DAAD-research-grants for applicants from medical fields" provides information on specific requirements (also available on the Internet www.daad.de/extrainfo).

Eligible groups
Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists

Participating Institutions
Any German state (public) or state-recognised higher educational institution or non-university research institute

Fields of study
See the official website and the country-specific websites for more information (links below)

Number of awards
Not specified by provider

Sponsorship duration
  • The length of the grant is set by the grant committee at the selection session. Depending on the project in question and on the applicant's work schedule, grants can be paid generally for between one and ten months, in the case of full doctoral programmes in Germany for up to three years, and in exceptions for up to a maximum of four years.
  • Support can only be provided for the completion of a full doctoral programme in Germany when special support policy reasons exist. Such reasons include, for example, the lack of comparable research or academic supervision opportunities in the home country or when the doctoral topic requires several years of research in Germany.
  • Support for full doctoral programmes in Germany is based on a programme length of three years; if foreign graduates first have to qualify for admission to a doctoral programme, then grants can be awarded for a period of four years. Even when support has been awarded for a full doctoral programme, that award will initially be limited to a maximum of one year. Extensions then depend on whether or not the evaluation finds the previous award period to have been successfully completed.
Scholarship benefits
  • 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.
Method of Application
Application papers:
Country-specific information, dates and deadlines, application address and advice:
  • The DAAD website 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications must not be sent directly to DAAD head office in Bonn. Generally, but not for all scholarship programmes, the deadline is around September-October each year.

Deadlines: Please note for all scholarship programmes: Scholarship announcements contain general information on the programme in question. Application conditions specifically for candidates from specific countries as well as information on the application process can be found, where applicable, at "Country Specific Information".

The country-specific web pages provide the addresses of institutions which you can contact in your home country for further information and advice. Country-specific pages (2013/2014) can be accessed at www.daad.de/stipendien.

Application Deadline: September - October 2012 (annually)
Open to International students: Yes

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