DAAD Short Term Research Grants Program

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DAAD Short Term Research Grants Program

The DAAD is delighted to announce its currently open Short-Term Research Grants for the year 2020. These awards are available to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master’s degree or those who have already completed a Ph.D.

The program allows gaining international study and research experience. It will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs for all eligible aspirants and provide an opportunity for recipients to accomplish their studies without any worries.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the global funding organization in the world, which supports the international exchange of students and scholars. It was founded in 1925. DAAD is a private, cooperating funded and state-funded, self-governing national agency of the institution of higher education in Germany, representing 365 German large education institutes.

Who May Be Eligible?

All the participants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements to apply:

  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the USA or Canada
  • Must have been living in the US/Canada for a minimum of one year and
  • Have their current residence in the US/Canada by the time of the application deadline.
  • All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
  • For doctoral students enrolled in a program in the US/Canada: No more than three years should have passed (at the time of application) since receiving ABD status
  • For postdocs: No more than four years should have passed at the time of application deadline since gaining their doctorate.

How to Apply

To apply, the applicant can submit an online application through the given link and Mail the reference form signed by your professor and in a sealed envelope to DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Short Term Research Grant 871 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017.

Supporting Documents

  • Full Resume/curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications (max. 5 pages), if applicable
  • A large or detailed description of the research proposal has been discussed with the academic adviser and a report of previous research work of max. Five pages.
  • Schedule of planned research work
  • Letter confirming supervision by an academic adviser in Germany, which refers to the applicant’s proposal and confirms that the host institute will provide a workplace
  • 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)
  • Disregard the following requirement on the 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 insofar as the applicant intends to take a doctoral degree there.


The foundation will reward the following prizes to the scholars:

  • €750 for graduate students
  • €1,000 for doctoral students and postdocs.
  • The program will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel expenses.
  • Also, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

Application Deadline

The application period of the program is June 30th, 2020 to November 4th, 2020, at 11 PM Central European Time.

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