DAAD Research Grants for Young Foreign Academics and Scientists

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DAAD Research Grants for Young Foreign Academics and Scientists

German Academic Exchange Service is pleased to announce the DAAD Research Grants for Young Foreign Academics and Scientists. DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany.

These grants are open to excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a master’s degree or diploma or in exceptional cases a bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research. The aim of this grant program is to support doctoral projects in Germany.

Who May Eligible:

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

  • Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists
  • Who have completed a Master’s degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To win the competition you need to do register through the given link: https://portal.daad.de/irj/portal


  • Master´s degree (or equivalent) at the time of application
  • 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.
  • Good German language skills – especially for students taking arts subjects – are usually a requirement for studying in Germany. Exceptions are possible if scholarship holders are participating in the program which is taught in English.
  • Applicants for an English-instructed degree program are requested to submit in addition the English language proficiency certificates specified in the program announcement.
  • Applicants already in Germany at the time of application or about to start a funded stay must either prove they have a knowledge of German (at least level B1) before they start their funded stay or be willing to interrupt their studies for a DAAD language course at a place decided by the DAAD prior to their scholarship between June and the end of September. The letter confirming supervision must contain appropriate approval.
  • Applicants need to present a TOEFL iBT score (minimum 79) / or IELTS test (minimum Band 6.5.) resp. DaF test (not older than 2 years).
  • 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!

Submission Requirements:

  • 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.)
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system.
  • CV, a copy of passport, abstract of master thesis, attested copies of all testimonies
  • 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)
  • Applicants need to present a TOEFL iBT score (minimum 79) / or IELTS test (minimum Band 6.5.) resp. DaF-test (not older than 2 years)


  • Depending on the 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)” (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.

Application Deadline:

The application will close on August 1, 2018.

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