DAAD offers scholarships for graduates, scientists, and Higher Education Institutions in various fields of study and research.

Here you find an overview of the DAAD scholarships only whereas the Scholarship database also lists funding offered by other selected organisations. The DAAD scholarships you can currently apply for are listed separately. Please note that there are no full scholarships for undergraduate studies which can be applied for individually. For scholarships for Master study programmes, at least two years of professional experience is required.

The DAAD scholarships and programmes that are currently open:

For undergraduates (S1)

Name of scholarship programme Target Group Short description Benefits Duration Application period Information
Study Visits for Groups of Foreign Students University teachers from a foreign university Study trips for groups of min. 10 to max. 15 students accompanied by one university teacher
  • Lump sum of 50 Euro per person/day
  • Mobility lump sum
7 - 12 days

Approx. deadline:

  • February (for trips to begin after June)
  • May (for trips to begin after September)
  • November (for trips to begin after March)
Official Announcement
Study Seminars and Practical for Group of Foreign Students German university teacher Study seminars and practical for min. 10 to max. 15 students accompanied by one university teacher
  • Lump sum of 50 Euro per person/day
7 - 12 days

Approx. deadline:

  • February (for trips to begin after June)
  • May (for trips to begin after September)
  • November (for trips to begin after March)
Official Announcement
(in German)
University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates Students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in any subject area with an intermediate level of German. Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period Attendance of language and area studies courses as well as special language / terminology courses: List of all courses Scholarship paid directly by the course organizers on the first day of the course Up to one month Currently open until December 2017 Official Announcement

FAQ (pdf, 534.64 KB) Portalanleitung (pdf, 1.77 MB)

Programmspezifische Anleitung (pdf, 3.65 MB)

For graduates (S2/S3)

Name of scholarship programme Target group Short description Benefits Duration Application period Information
University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates Students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in any subject area with an intermediate level of German. Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period Attendance of language and area studies courses as well as special language / terminology courses: List of all courses Scholarship paid directly by the course organizers on the first day of the course Up to one month Currently open until December 2017 Official Announcement

FAQ (pdf, 534.64 KB) Portalanleitung (pdf, 1.77 MB)

Programmspezifische Anleitung (pdf, 3.65 MB)

Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Arts (Architecture, Music, Visual and Performing Arts) Foreign applicants from the areas of Architecture, Music, Performing Arts as well as Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film A postgraduate degree leading to a final qualification, or further training that does not lead to a final qualification
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel expenses
1 - 2 years Approx. June - October Official announcements:
Architecture
Music
Fine Art, Design /Visual Communication and Film
Performing Arts
Research Grants - Doctoral Programme in Germany 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 Funding for doctoral programmes at a university or a non-university research institute in Germany
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel expenses
  • Language course
3 to max. 4 years Approx. June - October Official Announcement
Research Grants - Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees 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 Research phases at a university or a non-university research institute in Germany as part of a doctoral programme in the home country (with supervision both in German and in the home country)
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel expenses
  • Language course
1-2 years Approx. June - October Official Announcement
Research Grants - One-Year Grants 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) A research project or course of continuing education at a university in Germany or a non-university research institute
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel expenses
  • Language course
7 - 10 months Approx. June - October Official Announcement
Scholarship for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) Graduates with at least two years' professional experience Individual scholarships exclusively for Postgraduate courses in Germany that are listed on the "List of all Postgraduate courses with application deadlines"
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel expenses
1 - 3 years The application period starts 1,5 months before the deadline, please refer to the list Official Announcement
Application to be sent directly to the university
Helmut-Schmidt-Programme - Master's Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG) Graduates in the field of social sciences, political sciences, law and economics Scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses listed here: "Programme description including a list of the supported Master programmes"
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel expenses
1 - 2 years Approx. April-July Official Announcement
Application to be sent directly to the university
Master's Scholarships for Sustainable Water Management (NaWaM) Graduates from disciplines with relevance
to sustainable water management
Scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses listed
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel allowance
2 years Currently closed Official Announcement
Aceh Scholarships of Excellence (administered by DAAD) Young and qualified Acehnese from all discipline Funding for Master and Doctoral degree
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • Language course
  • 2 years (for Master degree)
  • 3,5 years (for PhD)
Determined by the government of Aceh Province
Official website of the government of Aceh Province
Official Announcement
Biodiversity & Health: Research Scholarship Programme for PhD Students, Postdocs, and Experts 2017 Graduates and Experts from disciplines with relevance to biodiversity and health There are 5 thematic scholarship types with 8 research projects
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurance
  • Travel allowance
Varies, depending on the scholarship type Currently closed Official Announcement
DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships in the fields of Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research Foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists from the fields of Aeronautics, Space, Transportation, and Energy  Programme implemented by the 'German Aerospace Center' (DLR) and the 'German Academic Exchange Service' (DAAD). DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space
  • Monthly installment
  •  Flat-rate travel allowance
  •  Health insurance
  • Family allowances
Type A
Doctoral Student (36 months)Type B
Postdoctoral Students (6–24 months)Type C
Senior Scientist (1–3 months)
Varies Official Announcement

For scientists (Postdocs)

Name of scholarship programme Target group Short description Benefits Duration Application period Information
Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists University teachers and established academics who have usually completed a doctoral degree and work at a university or research institute in their home country Research stays at a university or non-university research institute in Germany
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Travel expenses
1 - 3
months
Currently open until October Official Announcement
Research Grants - One-Year Grants 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) A research project or course of continuing education at a university in Germany or a non-university research institute
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel expenses
  • Language course
7 - 10 months Currently closed Official Announcement
Study Visits for Academics - Artists and Architects

University teachers from the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Fine Art, Film, Design/Visual Communication
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
Study visits at a university in Germany for artistic cooperation with the host institution
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Travel expenses
1 - 3 months Currently open until October Official Announcement
Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme Recent international postdocs who have completed their studies with a PhD or equivalent qualification no more than two years ago Support the further internationalization of German science and research institutions
  • Research allowance of 460 euros per annum
  • Two-months German language course
 1 year Approx. Jan-March Official Announcement
Biodiversity & Health: Research Scholarship Programme for PhD Students, Postdocs, and Experts 2017 Graduates and Experts from disciplines with relevance to biodiversity and health There are 5 thematic scholarship types with 8 research projects
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Insurances
  • Travel allowance
Varies, depending on the scholarship type Currently closed Official Announcement
DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships in the fields of Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research Foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists from the fields of Aeronautics, Space, Transportation, and Energy  Programme implemented by the 'German Aerospace Center' (DLR) and the 'German Academic Exchange Service' (DAAD). DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space
  • Monthly installment
  • Flat-rate travel allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Family allowances
Type A: Doctoral Student (36 months)
Type B: Postdoctoral Students (6 - 24 months)
Type C :Senior Scientist (1 – 3 months)
Varies Official Announcement
Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.) Postdoctoral researchers of all nationalities Support the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships
  • Regular salary
  • Additional expatriate allowance for the 12 months research stay abroad
  • Travel allowance for family
18 months, of which the first 12 months have to be spent abroad and the remaining 6 months in Germany (reintegration phase) Approx. Jan–May Official Announcement
DAAD-Fraunhofer Technopreneur Award 2017 PhD graduates in the field of Food Technology, Biotechnology, Food Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering Scholarship awarded for a short research stay in one Fraunhofer Institute in Germany
  • Travel allowance
  • Monthly scholarship of €2.000
  • Prize money of €3.000
3 months Currently open until approx. mid-July Official Announcement (pdf, 187.22 KB)

For faculties

Name of scholarship programme Target group Short description Benefits Duration Application period Information
International Summer School German universities that offer International Summer Schools of high quality

This programme aims to strengthen the position of some German universities in the international education market

All costs spent on planning, preparing, promoting, running and evaluating the International Summer School are eligible for funding 14 – 28 days Appr. June-Sept Official Announcement
(in German
Studienangebote deutscher Hochschulen im Ausland (TNB) German higher education institutions which plan to offer transnational education programmes abroad Funding for the development of German study programmes which award a degree recognized by Germany and the partner countries Project staff and lecturers 4 years Currently closed Official Announcement
(in German)
Transnationale Bildung - Stärkung und Exzellenz durch Profilbildung (TNB-STEP) Supports German higher education institutions in profiling and extending their business-oriented and already implemented transnational education programmes A supplementary programme for “Transnational Education – Study programmes of German higher education institutions abroad“ Project staff and lecturers 4 years Currently closed Official Announcement
(in German)
Integrierte internationale Studiengänge mit Doppelabschluss (Double Degree) State-accredited public and private German universities, their respective departments or institutes that offer courses of study alternately at German and foreign universities and conclude with the conferral of two national degrees (either a joint degree or double degree, conferred by both partner universities) Funding can be provided for planning and developing double degree programmes in all disciplines for university partnerships with all countries (exception with France) The programme’s main funding goal is to promote the internationalization activities of German universities and the academic mobility of German students 4 years Approx. October-January Official Announcement
(in German)
International Study & Training Partnership (ISAP) German universities which intend to establish or continue international academic and training partnerships between individual departments/faculties and foreign universities The programme funds groups of highly qualified German and international students who wish to complete part of their degree programme at the partner university and receive full recognition of their academic achievement abroad This programme provides scholarships to students who wish to complete a one or two-semester study visit abroad as part of a university cooperative agreement. Funding for personnel and domestic resources (language courses) are restricted to a maximum of 3,000 euros in total per academic year First-time applications: two academic years (with possibility of two years extension).
Upon completion, projects are eligible to receive an additional four years of follow-up funding as long as funding has not been revoked or interrupted
Approx. June-October Official Announcement
(in German)
Higher Education Dialogue with the Islamic World German universities which intend to strengthen academic and cultural ties with universities in Islamic countries The programme furthers the cultural dialogue with the Muslim world by encouraging academic cooperation Project funding will focus on supporting personnel exchanges and the formation of networks between partner institutions. In addition, a limited amount of funding is available for equipment and staff to carry out the exchange measures Max. 3 years Approx. June-September Official Announcement
(in German)
Emeriti Programme/ Johann Gottfried Herder Programme Retired German university professors from all disciplines Herder lecturers stimulate networking between their host university and universities in Germany
  • Monthly living cost allowance
  • Travel allowance
  • Insurance
  • Lumpsum for material costs
Max. 3 semester Application deadline:
Approx. March and  September
Official Announcement
(in German)
Promos Programme Applications can be submitted by every state-recognized German higher education institution via their International Office or another administrative office This programme, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), aims at enabling more German students to study abroad by granting them up to six-months scholarships
  • Partial scholarships
  • Travel expenses
  • Study fees
  • Living expenses
Approx. application deadline: August Official Announcement
(in German)
Visiting Professorship Programme (Gastdozentenprogramm) All state and state-recognised German higher education institutions represented by higher education lecturers The programme serves the internationalization of German higher education institutions and the strengthening of the international dimension of teaching DAAD supports max. 90% of the guest lecturer’s gross salary including all social security contributions (documented, necessary expenditures) without holiday allowances and performance-related payments 3 – 12 months with an optional  extension of another 12 months (the maximum funding period is 24 months) Approx. April-July Official Announcement
(in German)
Advisory & Consultancy Programme (for Germans to go to Indonesia) German scientists (postdoctoral researchers, higher education lecturers, emeriti) and managers of higher education institutions are eligible to apply for a counsellor project The focus lays on the optimization of international teaching, research, and development cooperation

DAAD allocates funding for the expenditures of German counsellors:

  • travel costs
  • accommodation
  • expenses for small equipment and material that remains in the target countries (one-time allocation during a two-year period)
2 weeks – 3 months
A maximum of four assignments are possible within a period of two calendar years
Please refer to the official announcement Official Announcement
Alumni-Programm für die deutschen Hochschulen BMZ (Expert Alumni Network Programme for Mentoring & Binding of Foreign Alumni) German higher education institutions (International Offices or other offices assigned for that purpose by the management, individual departments) or a consortium of higher education institutions The long-term goal of the programme is to get alumni involved in the solution of global problems. At the same time the programme aims at  strengthening the cooperation of German higher education institutions and companies with partner countries
  • Alumni training courses (seminars) in the home country or abroad
  • Superior alumni activities meant to improve cooperation with foreign alumni
Max. 2 years approx. April-June Official Announcement
(in German)
Short- and Long-Term Visiting Lecturerships (of German lecturers or professors)
Short-Term Visiting Lecturer:
The application is submitted as an unsolicited application by the invited professor/lecturer
Long Term Visiting Lecturer:
Lecturers/Professors should have a EU citizenship and possess the required professional qualifications stated in the job description. They should also have the formal qualification for lecturing at a German university as well as relevant teaching experience
A short-term lectureship is usually a stay of at least four and at most six months at a state-recognized foreign higher education institution
A long-term lectureship at a foreign higher education institution should usually last at least one year

Short-term Visiting Lecturer:

  • Travel expenses
  • Lump sum for accommodation and meals for the period of the stay abroad

Long Term Visiting Lecturer:
The lecturer usually gets the same payment as local staff. An additional compensatory allowance is paid by DAAD. Moreover, it is possible to receive other subsidies:

  • relocation costs
  • education allowance
  • retirement provision
  • provision for dependents
  • reimbursement regarding public health service
  • subsidies in case of illness
  • travel allowance for home leave; participation in international academic congresses (only for lecturers outside of Europe)
Visiting Lecturer:
4 weeks – 6 months 
Long Term Visiting Lecturer:
max. 5 years
Please refer to the official announcement Official Announcement
(in German)
Subject-Related Partnerships with Universities in Developing Countries German institutions of higher education The focus lays on building structures at the partner university. Primary emphasis: curriculum or module development, advancing mutual recognition of accreditation/degrees The funding serves primarily the partnership-related exchange of faculty managers, instructors/lecturers, post graduates, and students in general. Funding is available for mobility costs (travel and accommodation), as well as material expenditures and personnel cost Max. 4 years Approx. April-June Official Announcement
(in German)
Fact Finding Missions (of German academic experts to explore possibilities of cooperation) German institutions of higher education German expert delegates can travel into potential partner countries with the financial support or the DAAD in order to sound out opportunities for higher education cooperation
  • International travel expenses
  • National travel expenses
  • Accommodation
Max. 14 days Approx. April–May (for trips between July–December)
The call for application for trips conducted in the first half of the year is published at the end of each year
Official Announcement
(in German)
DAAD Medical Programme / PAGEL German higher education institutions in partnership with a higher education institution from a developing country wishing to cooperate in the health sector The objective of this programme is to strengthen the health sector in developing countries Structural enhancement of university education and further training, teaching, research, service and management  Max. 4 years Approx. April-June Official Announcement
(in German)
DAAD Funding Measures for Biodiversity German higher education institutions The funding measures are directed preferably at those departments of forest, agriculture, biology and environmental sciences of German higher education institutions which are experienced with the relevant problems regarding biodiversity in developing countries Max. 50,0000 euros/year for cooperations between a German university and one or several foreign universities.
For multilateral cooperations (a northern with two or more southern countries), financial support could be increased up to 20,000 euros/year for South-South exchange
Max. 4 years Approx. April-June Official Announcement
(in German)
DIES-Training Course: Management of Internationalisation 2017-2018 University staff with 2 years of experience in the area of Higher Education Management, not older than 50 years of age Training courses with thematic modules
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Partial allowance
  • Emergency health insurance
Currently closed Official Announcement (pdf, 193.12 KB)
DIES ProGRANT 2016: Proposal Writing for Research Grants PhD graduates and researchers who have an affiliation to an academic institution Training courses with thematic modules
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Partial allowance
  • Emergency health insurance
Currently closed Official Announcement (pdf, 437.65 KB)
International Deans' Course SEA Heads of departments or vice-deans aiming at taking over a dean position in the near future, or deans with first experiences in performing the position Training courses with thematic modules
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Partial allowance
  • Emergency health insurance
Open until the end of Oct Official Announcement (pdf, 270.28 KB)

Application form (docx, 348.10 KB)

 

Motivation letter form (docx, 334.94 KB)

DIES-Training Course: UNILEAD 2018 Young leaders in middle and higher management of higher education Training courses with thematic modules
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Partial allowance
  • Emergency health insurance
Open until approx. Oct Official Announcement (pdf, 363.33 KB)
DIES-Training Course: ASEAN-QA Current or designated quality managers or senior managers responsible for QA with minimum of 3 years working experience and a Master degree Training courses with thematic modules
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Partial allowance
  • Emergency health insurance
Currently closed  

Official Announcement (pdf, 351.74 KB)

DIES National Multiplication Trainings DIES alumni who are currently working in higher education management Training courses with thematic modules
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Partial allowance
  • Emergency health insurance
Currently closed Official Announcement (pdf, 351.74 KB)
DIES Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions in Germany and Indonesia German higher education institutions DIES Partnerships support co-operation in university management between higher education institutions in industrialised and developing countries Maximum amount of funding is up to 50,000 euros/year. In the case of a multilateral partnership, funding can be increased to max. 20,000 euros/year Max. 4 years Approx. April-June Official Announcement
(in German)
University-Business-Partnerships Programme German higher education institutions The programme is intended to support the practical course of studies and the business-oriented profile of higher education institutions in developing countries The maximum amount of funding for a University-Business-Partnership is 100,000 euros/year Max. 4 years Approx. April-June Official Announcement
(in German)
Strategische Partnerschaften und Thematische Netzwerke German universities Programme line A – Strategic partnerships: Program line A supports partnerships which include one or more subject areas and/or comprise different levels or scopes of cooperation
Programme line B encourages network-building between German and selected foreign universities on a subject-related or thematic level
This programme can award a total of 250,000 euros per project per year to finance measures which build strategic partnerships and thematic networks  Max. 4 years Currently closed and only for subsequent funding Official Announcement
RISE Worldwide German undergraduate students with good grades and recommendations from the fields of earth sciences, engineering, natural sciences, medicine, and related disciplines The RISE Worldwide programme offers research internships for German Bachelor students in the fields of natural sciences and Engineering. Research institutes all over the world can participate
  • Monthly allowance (depending on target country)
  • Travel subsidy (depending on target country)
  • Health, accident and personal liability insurance
  • Participation in a RISE Worldwide alumni meeting in Germany
6 - 12 weeks Official Announcement (pdf, 203.71 KB)
Application as Host Institution for the scholarship programme "In-Country/In-Region" Higher Education Institutions in Southeast Asia The selected institutions will receive a number of scholarship quota from DAAD Scholarship quota for three academic intakes Currently closed Official Announcement (pdf, 85.93 KB)
Application Form (docx, 38.56 KB)
Annex 1 (doc, 103.00 KB)
Annex 2 (doc, 76.00 KB)

For DAAD alumni

Name of scholarship programme Target group Short description Benefits Duration Application period Information
Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders Former holders of DAAD research grants or study scholarships who were funded for a period of over six months Research projects at a university or non-university research institute in Germany
  • Monthly scholarship rate
  • Travel expenses
1 - 3 months  Currently open until October Official Announcement
Specialist Literature Support Programme Former DAAD scholarship holders (min.10 months) as well as former German studies scholarship holders (min. 5 months) from developing countries The alumni can apply once a year for specialist literature (books, journals, articles) produced by German publishers to help them advance their academic knowledge and qualifications (max. value of 200 euros per year) Scientific books and journals up to a max. value of €200 Can be applied for once a year only (approx. from January until  October) Official Announcement
Small Equipment Programme One-year scholarship holders from developing countries and from the countries of Southeastern and Eastern Europe who received DAAD support for a period of 10 or more months Applications can be made for the purchase of small equipment and material of direct relevance to projects carried out at the German university Grants up to a value of €1,500 (inclusive of value added tax) The application deadline ends 8 weeks before the scholarship period is completed Official Announcement
Material Resources Programme Former DAAD scholarship holders for at least three months in Germany With the Material Resources Programme, you will have the opportunity to obtain equipment and consumables in your home country. This will in turn allow you to provide important impulses in the collaboration with German institutions of higher education
  • Small scale (up to €3,500)
  • Large scale (in excess of €3,500 and up to €20,000)
Any time Official Announcement
Grants for Alumni Events Former DAAD scholarship holders or events in which former DAAD scholarship holders take part Alumni seminars are always subject-specific; they concern a certain field of study. On such seminars, alumni exchange their knowledge and experience and present their actual work and research. Alumni seminars may comprise alumni from a smaller region, from whole Indonesia or even be internationally organized
  • Assistance in finding suitable German lectures/speakers
  • Travel expenses, accommodation, meals for speakers and DAAD Alumni
  • Costs of the event
3 months before the scheduled start of the events Official Announcement(in German)