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DAAD Cotutelle Doctoral Grant Programs

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is delighted to announce Research Grants- Cotutelle Doctoral Programs. The program is awarded to highly qualified doctoral candidates and graduates who have admission to a doctoral program at the time they begin their grant-supported research.

The aim of the program is to promote bi-national doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called “cotutelle” procedure). After the degree is successfully completed, the German university and partner institution abroad usually award the doctoral degree jointly.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the US/Canada by the time of application deadline must have gained their last degree in the US/Canada or will be gaining it before the beginning of their funding period.
  • All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.
  • If you are a German national, you must have been residing in the US/Canada for 6 continuous years at the time of the application deadline.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To win the competition, you need to do register through the given link:

Mail signed reference form to DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant 871 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017


Note that we can only offer the following funding periods, no exceptions.

  • Maximum of 18 months; the grant may also be used within the framework of several shorter stays within a period of three consecutive years.
  • The length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant’s work schedule.
  • The funding period begins October 1st, 2019. The initial award is for 12 months only. You must then re-apply for an extension.
  • Applicants should outline how they plan to divide their time between Germany and the home university in a work and time schedule in their application.
  • During stays at their home university, the grant is interrupted.

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal):

  • Online application
  • Full Resume/curriculum vitae in tabular form. (max. 3 pages).
  • List of publications (max. 5 pages), if applicable
  • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal which has been agreed with both academic advisors-in the home country and in Germany- and a description of previous research work (max. 5 pages)
  • Schedule of planned research work and visits from an academic
  • Individual supervision agreement between the home university and the cooperating German University (Cotutelle contract). If this is not yet available at the time of application, it must be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins.
  • University degree Certificate(s), if applicable (e.g. Bachelor or Master)
  • Transcripts of ALL university studies make sure that individual grades are listed as well as the explanations of the grading system (which are usually on the back).
    • Doctoral level transcripts (if applicable)
    • Master’s level (or JD) transcripts (if applicable)
    • Undergraduate transcripts
  • DAAD language evaluation form /Sprachnachweis: If you have any DAAD language evaluation form /Sprachnachweis knowledge of German, submit this document signed by a faculty member (professors or teaching assistants) of the German Department at your institution.
  • If you have no knowledge of German and your research language in Germany is English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your research language is English, and write at the top “No knowledge of German.” (Note that German is not a requirement for the Research Grant).
  • Disregard the following requirement on our head office’s website:
    • Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements).
    • Proof of admission to a doctoral program at the home university


  • Monthly stipend for doctoral candidates in Germany: EUR 1,200
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
  • One-time research allowance
  • Travel and accommodation expenses according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law for supervising university teachers for one trip of up to 10 days
    • Undertaken by the home university teacher to Germany to monitor progress
    • Undertaken by the German university teacher to the home university of the scholarship holder to take part in final examinations.
  • The nature of the trips should be specified in the work and time schedule submitted with the application.
  • Under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive the following additional benefits:
    • monthly rent subsidy
    • monthly allowance for accompanying members of the family
  • To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers the following services:
    • A very limited number of scholarship recipients may be awarded an additional two-month intensive language course grant. This is decided by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application.
    • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period.
    • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test taken either in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period.
    • If you take a DSH or GI (Goethe Institute) examination during the scholarship period, the fee may be reimbursed.

 Application Deadline:

The applications are open from June 30, 2018, to November 5, 2018.

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Indu Singh

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