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2016 DAAD Research Grants for Foreign Doctoral Students in Germany

Applications are welcomed from qualified applicant for the 2016 DAAD research grants available for young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education
in Germany.

DAAD Research Grants for Foreign Doctoral Students in Germany provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

The aim of this grant programme is to support doctoral projects in Germany.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree of 2nd class upper division level and a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree are required.
  3. For francophone countries: A Licence or Maitrise degree of “assez bien” level and a DEA/DESS degree or a Master corresponding to the LMD system are required.
  4. 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.
  5. Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.

Language skills

  • 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.
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Course Level: Grants are available for graduate and doctoral candidates to carry out research and continue their education in Germany.

Scholarship Provider: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Study Major(s): DAAD Grants are awarded in following disciplines:
Language and Cultural Studies, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Mathematics/Natural Sciences, Medicine, Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science.

Doctoral theses in the areas of human medicine (Dr. med.), veterinary
medicine (Dr. med. vet.) or dentistry (Dr. med. dent.) cannot be

What can be funded?
Doctoral programmes at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany:

  1. individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic adviser
  2. participation in a structured doctoral study programme

Scholarship for International Students: International applicants can apply for these DAAD research grants.

Duration of award(s):

  • Usually a maximum of three years, in exceptional cases up to four 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.
  • Grants are initially awarded for a maximum of one year. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.
  • For doctoral projects in Germany that require several years of research, research phases outside Germany can be supported if these are critical for the successful completion of the doctoral degree. Planned stays must be specified in the application in the work and time schedule and should not exceed a quarter of the anticipated total funding period.

Grants Cover:

  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of:
    euros 750.- for graduates,
    euros 1,000.- 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
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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)” ( 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

Selection Criteria:
An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists reviews applications. The most important selection criteria:

  • a convincing and well-planned research project or course of continuing education
  • academic achievements

Additional documents that prove academic suitability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the assessment.

How to Apply:

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. You are also required to send 1 copy/copies of the “Application summary” (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed, and other appendices by post to the application address.

Closing Date: 1st October 2015.

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