Short-Term Research Grants in Germany from DAAD 2020

Short-Term Research Grants in Germany from DAAD 2020

Germany 31 Aug 2020




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DAAD is offering short-term research grants for Graduates, Doctoral candidates/PhD students, and Postdoctoral researchers. The primary aim of this grant is to promote research projects within the context of doctoral programmes.


Excellently-qualified doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diplom, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or those who have already completed a PhD (postdocs) can apply.
Doctoral candidates who are already doing their doctorate at a German university cannot apply.

Eligible Projects:

A research project or course of continuing scientific education at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany, which is being carried out in coordination with an academic adviser in Germany.

Grant Duration:

  • One month to a maximum of six months; 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 grant is non-renewable.

Grant Value:

  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 
  1. euros 861.- for graduates,
  2. euros 1,200.- for doctoral candidates and postdocs
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance.

Selection Criteria:

An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists will review applications according to the following criteria:

Academic Qualification (documented by: university degree certificates, references, list of publications)

  • Academic achievements and duration of studies.
  • If applicable, academic achievements after graduation (e.g. publications, lectures, conference contributions).

Quality of the research project (documented by: presentation of research project, time plan, references, proof of contacts, if applicable, language certificates):

  • Quality of research project presentation and preliminary work.
  • Originality, topicality and relevance of project.
  • Reasons for choosing Germany and host institution.
  • Feasibility and consistency of work schedule and time plan (analysis and evaluation steps, if applicable, language skills).
  • Integration of the project into the overall doctoral project (in terms of content/time), if relevant.
  • Importance of the research project and stay in Germany for academic and professional plans.

Additional criteria (documented by: curriculum vitae, if applicable, certificates):

  • Additional knowledge and skills (e.g. through professional or voluntary activities, further training).
  • Involvement in academic self-governance, higher education policy issues.
  • Political, social, cultural, family (parental leave or care periods, etc.), social commitment.


  • As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the application deadline. 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 application deadline cannot be considered.
  • Proof of language abilities, not older than 2 years (for English: TOEFL iBT min. 79, IELTS min. 6,5; TOEFL home edition or IELTS indicator (online test) are accepted).
  • 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.

About DAAD:

The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD is the largest German support organisation in the field of international academic co-operation. Founded in 1925, the DAAD is the world's largest funding organization for the students and researchers. Its members are German institutions of Higher Education as well as student bodies. It's activities include the awarding of grants and scholarship but also the internationalision of German universities, the promotion of German studies and language abroad and assisting and advising decision makers in developing countries on establishing effective universites as well as on matters of education and development policy.

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