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Research Grants for Foreign Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists

DAAD research grants provide foreign doctoral candidates and young 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.

There are four different research grants programmes:

  1. Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees

    The aim of this programme is to promote doctoral degrees at the home university with integrated research phases in Germany. The doctoral degrees are supervised both by a university teacher at the home university and an academic adviser at the host institute in Germany ("sandwich model"). Based on this flexible, multi-phase funding system, doctoral candidates start their doctoral degree in their home country but subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctorate is completed in the home country under the supervision of the German academic adviser.
    Please find more information here.

  2. Doctoral Programmes in Germany

    The aim of this grant programme is to support doctoral projects in Germany.
    Please find more information here.

  3. One-Year Grants

    The primary aim of this programme is to promote research projects within the context of doctoral programmes.
    Please find more information here.

  4. Short-Term Grants

    The primary aim of this programme is to promote research projects within the context of doctoral programmes. 
    Please find more information here.

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The typical applicant for a DAAD PhD scholarship has already proven that his or her academic abilities are above average. Due to its focus on 'high potential' candidates, PhD scholarships are only offered to those who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Applicants must already have obtained a Bachelor's Degree graded at least Second Class (Upper Division)
  • Applicants must already have obtained a good Master's Degree
  • The applicant's most recent academic degree must have been obtained within the last six years by the time of application. If you already hold a doctoral degree, you should not have completed your doctorate more than four years ago. Doctoral candidates should not have started their doctoral degree any longer than three years previously.
  • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the time of application cannot be considered.

Application deadline: 31st of October of the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship. Applications can be submitted from August onward. Applications must be submitted in two forms: electronically and as hardcopy.