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  • 15 October


  • Objective: 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 programs offered for developing and transformation countries under the “DAAD Sandwich Model” – see Information Leaflet, which is also available on the Internet
    • 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 programs, such as Research Training Groups or Doctoral Research Groups, International Postgraduate Programs, Graduate Schools, Max Planck Research Schools, etc. Please go to the following website for further information:
    • research projects or continuing education and training, but without aiming for a formal degree/qualification.
  • 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 programs 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 program 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 programs in Germany is based on a program length of three years; if foreign graduates first have to qualify for admission to a doctoral program, then grants can be awarded for a period of four years. Even when support has been awarded for a full doctoral program, 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.
  • Value: Depending on the award holder’s academic level, the DAAD will pay a monthly award of 715 Euros (graduates holding a first degree) or 975 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 programs 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.

Eligibility and Restrictions:

  • 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. In the natural sciences and in engineering disciplines, in particular, and when English is spoken at the host institute, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted. The DAAD decides on a case-by-case basis whether the applicant can attend a German language course before beginning the research grant (free of charge for the award holder). This option is only available for research grants lasting more than six months. The country-specific information on the DAAD homepage will tell you which language skills are required from applicants from your home country.
  • 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.
  • The application papers must generally include written confirmation of academic supervision by a professor in Germany and expressly refer to the applicant’s project, thereby confirming that the host institute will provide a workplace. If the applicant is planning to complete a doctorate at the German host university, the letter of confirmation must come from the academic supervisor (Doktorvater/Doktormutter) for the applicant’s doctoral program/thesis.
  • Applicants who intend to gain their doctorate within the scope of a structured doctoral study program are required to present a letter of admission from their study program or at least proof that they are being considered for admission.
  • 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.
  • The award of grants is subject to an age limit of 32 years at the time of starting the grant, although exceptions are possible, depending on the country of origin of applicants, for example, special conditions prevailing in the home country education system, etc. The country-specific information on the DAAD homepage will provide you with more detailed information.
  • Applicants, who have been resident in Germany for longer than one year at the time of application, cannot be considered.
  • 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

Application Procedure:

  • 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 ( or from the diplomatic and consular representations of the Federal Republic of Germany (, from DAAD Lektors, from the DAAD regional offices ( the DAAD Information and Advice Centers (, or from partner organizations. The DAAD will not consider incomplete applications.
  • 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, any special age-limit regulations which may apply, as well as information on the exact deadlines for the submission of the application papers and on where applications should be sent.
    • Applications must not be sent direct to DAAD head office in Bonn.
    • The above-mentioned website will also provide the addresses of institutions which you can contact in your home country for further information and advice.
  • As a rule the application cannot be submitted to DAAD direct, but should be sent to the appropriate authorities in the applicant’s home country. The DAAD website provides further specific information for applicants from your home country including the exact deadlines. The DAAD offices abroad, the German Embassies or Consulates or your university will give you these pieces of information as well. Any incomplete application or applications handed in after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration. A complete application consists of the application form and accompanying documents to be submitted in the original along with two sets of legible copies. Applicants in the field of medicine should submit three sets of copies. Original and copies must be duly signed. The completed application form must be accompanied by the following documents in German, English or French; translations must be submitte


  • full curriculum vitae
  • detailed and precise description of study or research proposal as well as information on any previous study or research projects of particular relevance to a decision of award
  • evidence of any existing contact with academics at the chosen German host institutions (copies of correspondence), applicants for Research grants up to 6 months should provide a precise schedule which has been agreed upon by the host institution.
  • depending on the purpose one or two recent referee’s report(s) by one or two university teacher(s), which should contain information on the applicant’s academic or artistic abilities (the form is available from the above-mentioned offices or on the Internet:
  • Applicants with the purpose of gaining a doctorate have to submit two reports (as the case may be from different subjects), all other applicants have to submit one report. These reports are confidential; they should not be sent to the DAAD in Bonn direct, but forwarded in a sealed envelope to the responsible authority accepting applications in the candidate’s home country.
  • academic certificates
  • officially authenticated copies of the following:
    • school-leaving certificate giving the right of entry to higher education in the applicant ́s home country (with individual grades, not required for Research grants up to 6 months)
    • all university end-of-year exam certificates (with individual grades)
    • university diploma or degree certificate indicating the final grade(s).
  • All certificates must be accompanied by an explanation of the grading system. Copies of certificates must be officially authenticated and submitted preferably on DIN A4 or A5 paper. Document copies may be authenticated as true copies of the originals with a stamp and signature by one of the following authorities: The German Embassy or Consulate, a German school, or the university which conferred the degree. The accuracy of the translation must be confirmed. Original certificates will not be needed until matriculation at the German institution.
  • Language certificate, giving evidence of the applicant ́s level of proficiency in German at the time of application. The certificate should preferably be issued by a Goethe-Institut lecturer or a DAAD-Lektor/in, otherwise by a recognised teacher of German. Applicants for an English-instructed degree programme are requested to submit the English language proficiency certificates specified in the programme announcement.
  • Recent photographs, attached to the application forms
  • Health certificate (DAAD will give you a special notice as to when this certificate should be delivered)
  • Documents relating to periods of practical training, if appropriate list of publications if any.
  • Applicants in the field of Music must ensure that they read the special leaflet (available from the above-mentioned offices or on the Internet: . In addition to the other papers and documents, the DAAD requires:

  • a sound recording submitted on a CD, MD or DAT cassette and made up of pieces of a higher degree of difficulty (played or sung by the applicant) and no older than one year at the time of application.
  • Instrumentalists must submit complete works (not only individual movements!) from at least three different style eras of essential relevance to the discipline (instrument) in question. One of the works should be from the field of Modern Music.
  • Singers are requested to prepare a comparably differentiated programme made up of three style eras respectively chosen from the fields of Opera, Song, Oratorio.
  • The total recording time must be at least 20 minutes for singers and at least 30 minutes for instrumentalists.
  • Composers are requested to submit their own compositions of recent date in the form of full scores and sound recordings.
  • Conductors (orchestral and choir) must present a recent DVD or video recording of their own conducting (video systems VHS-PAL, VHS NTSC, -4,43 MHz and PAL-SECAM;-Ost, all systems at SP-speed) showing rehearsal work and a performance, as far as possible, with the conductor facing the camera. The conducted works should come from various representative style eras. A recording of the applicant playing an instrumental piece is also required
  • Applicants in the fields of Fine Art, Design and Film must ensure that they read the special leaflet (available from the above-mentioned offices or on the Internet: . In addition to the application forms, the following samples of works of art must be submitted (please enclose a list of all samples):

  • painters: up to 5 paintings (if possible originals, no more than 2 years old at the time of application) as well as several sketches or drawings. All samples must be signed and dated and may be submitted in a folder or rolled. If it is not possible to submit originals (in case they are too large or there are delivery or customs problems), slides or reproductions on CD-ROM (playable under WINDOWS) / DVD with indication of size must be submitted.
  • sculptors: photos (at least 18cm x 24cm), slides or reproductions on CD-ROM (playable under WINDOWS) / DVD with indication of size. All sculptures should be photographed from various angles. Several sketches.
  • designers: photos (at least 18cm x 24cm), slides or reproductions on CD-ROM (playable under WINDOWS) / DVD with indication of size, as well as drawings or possibly small models.
  • Slides or reproductions on CD-ROM (playable under WINDOWS) / DVD must bear the name of the artist as well as clear indication of front, top and bottom (in case of slides), as well as technique, size and date of work.
  • film makers: films (Super 8, 16mm, magnetic or photographic sound film), video cassettes (only VHS-PAL and PAL-U-matic lowband), DVD. Title, length of film and date of filming as well as technical details of recording should also be given.
  • Applicants in the Fields of Drama, Direction, Dance and Choreography must ensure that they read the special leaflet (available from the above-mentioned offices or on the Internet: Applicants must submit the following along with the other application papers:

  • Drama: a video or DVD in which applicants present themselves (in German), explain the reasons for their application and their plans in Germany (approx. 5 minutes). This is followed by two role extracts each lasting between 5 and 10 minutes, of which one may be in English. Recordings with technical faults (lighting/sound quality) cannot be considered.
  • Direction: a video/DVD with presentation; the video/DVD should then document the applicant’s own projects and may be accompanied by additional written material.
  • Dance: a video/DVD with presentation (as for drama applicants). This is followed by two dance interludes: classical (warm-up training), modern (applicant’s own piece).
  • Choreography: a video/DVD with presentation. This is followed by the applicant’s own choreography of around 15 minutes.
  • Applicants in the field of Architecture must additionally submit the following:

  • blueprints (sketches, photos); in addition at least 1 perspective sketch, 1 drawing, 1 constructive sketch as well as a selection of other sketches, blueprints and photographs which give evidence of the applicant ́s creative talent.

The application and accompanying documents will remain with the DAAD. Personal data will be stored in the DAAD`s computer files only to the extent necessary for the administration of applications and scholarships and in compliance with the “Federal Data Protection Act“. Data will be provided to the respective International Student Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) when this is necessary for administering the scholarship and providing the scholarship holder with guidance-counselling services. Applications of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed after one year.