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Long-Term Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates 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, or those who have already completed a PhD (postdocs), or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.

There are three different types of Long-Term Research Grants:

  • Research Grants - One-Year Grants (7-10 months)
  • Research Grants - Doctoral Programs in Germany
  • Research Grants - Cotutelle Doctoral Programs

Applications for long-term research grants and doctoral programs are accepted once per year, usually in November.

Eligibility and Requirements

Who can apply?

  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the US/Canada by the time of application deadline must have gained their last degree in the US/Canada or will be gaining it before the beginning of their funding period.
  • All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.
  • if you are a German national, you must have been residing in the US/Canada for 6 continuous years at the time of the application deadline. Please call our office to make sure you are eligible.

Which requirements must be met at the time of the application deadline?

  • For doctoral students enrolled in a program in the US/Canada: no more than 3 years should have passed since receiving ABD status
  • For postdocs: no more than 2 years should have passed since gaining their doctorate
  • For those wishing to pursue a complete doctoral degree program in Germany: no longer than 6 years should have passed since receiving your last degree. (Click here to search a database of international doctoral programs in Germany.)

Terms of Award

  • Depending on academic level, monthly stipend of
    EUR 750 for graduates / EUR 1,000 for doctoral candidates & postdocs
  • 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

Under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • monthly rent subsidy
  • monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers the following services:

  • Payment of course fees for the online language course "Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)" (www.deutsch-uni.com) for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • A very limited number of scholarship recipients may be awarded an additional two-month intensive language course grant. This language course grant is decided upon by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application.
  • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which is either taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period
  • As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH or GI (Goethe Institute) examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.

Please note:

  • DAAD scholarship recipients are not permitted to receive supplementary funding through any other German funding body. Supplementary funding from a non-German funding body may in some cases be permitted. However, they would then be treated as additional earnings, i.e. grants exceeding the tax-free income level in Germany (currently EUR 450 per month) would be deducted from the DAAD scholarship, unless the grant payments will be put on hold for the duration of your DAAD scholarship.

Funding Period

Please note that we can only offer the following funding periods, no exceptions.

  • Research Grants - One-Year Grants (7-10 Mo.): starts from October 1st, 2018.
  • Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany (12-36 Mo.): starts from October 1st, 2018. (You must re-apply for extension. The initial award is 12 months only.)
  • Research Grants - Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes (12-18 Mo.): starts from October 1st, 2018.

Application Guidelines & Checklist

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. Your reference has to be sent to gradscholar(at)daad.org and by post to the DAAD New York office.

The portal will close automatically at 11 PM Central European Time (5 PM EST/4 PM CST/3 PM MTN/2 PM PST) on the deadline date. Applicants are advised to start the application process at least one week before the closing date.

1. Check here if your University is DAAD Partner University

  • At a DAAD Partner University: contact the DAAD campus coordinator, and submit your application to them; there may be an earlier university internal deadline. (if you miss your university’s deadline, you may alternatively submit your application to DAAD New York) Please note this applies neither to short-term research grant applicants nor to performing/visual artists.
  • Not at a DAAD Partner University: follow the general application guidelines.
2. Application Checklist

Please use the following list to ensure you submit a complete application. These guidelines are region specific for North American applicants only. You will find some different details on the application portal and the DAAD Bonn website, such as maximum pages; the instructions on this checklist supersede any conflicting information potentially found elsewhere. Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations maybe scanned in non-certified form, and uploaded to the DAAD portal.

>>>>1. Submit online: Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal

  • Online application form
  • Full Resume/curriculum vitae in tabular form  (max. 3 pages).
  • List of publications (max. 5 pages), if applicable
  • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal which has been discussed with the academic adviser and a description of previous research work (max. 5 pages)
  • Schedule of planned research work
    OR
    In case of structured PhD Programs in Germany, description/course catalog of the chosen program.
  • 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
    OR
    For structured PhD programs in Germany, proof of admission to a PhD program or evidence of existing contact with the university
  • University degree Certificate(s), if applicable (e.g. Bachelor or Master)
  • Transcripts of ALL university studies, make sure that individual grades are listed and to include 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):If you have any knowledge of German, submit this document signed by a faculty member (professors or teaching assistants) of the German Department at your institution. If you have no knowledge of German and your study language in Germany is English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your study language is English, and write at the top "No knowledge of German." (Please note that German is not a requirement). You can download the form by clicking on the link in the box on the right.

Please disregard the following requirement on our 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

>>>>2. Submit by mail (postmarked Nov. 4) 

  • For “Research Grants - One-Year Grants”: 1 signed reference form from a university professor in your major field in a sealed envelope. Your reference must send a scan of the signed form via email to gradscholar(at)daad.org.
  • For “Research Grants - Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes” : 1 signed reference form from a university professor in your major field in a sealed envelope. Your reference must send a scan of the signed form via email to gradscholar(at)daad.org.
  • For Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany: 2 signed reference forms from a university professor in your major field in a sealed envelope. Your reference must send a scan of the signed form via email to gradscholar@daad.org.

The reference form is available on the DAAD portal, also called referee's report. If necessary, your referee may mail the reference form to us directly.

Mail signed reference form to :

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Research Grant
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Your application is only complete when we have received your complete electronic application via the online portal and reference by post (postmarked Nov. 4th). Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

3. Helpful links for the online portal

4.  Are you ready? below are the  links for additional overview of the different research grants:

Research Grants - One-Year Grants
Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany
Research Grants - Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes

5. After you submit your application

  • Results will be announced through the Portal at the end of March.
  • Please DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL. You will receive an e-mail notification 8 weeks after the deadline.
  • Application decisions will not be accompanied with an explanation.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process applications.

Please select the appropriate application links below according to the grant you wish to apply for and your current academic status.

Application Dates and Online Portal: Long-Term Research Grants (7-10 months)
Application Dates and Online Portal: Research Grants for Doctoral Programs
Application Dates and Online Portal: Research Grants for Cotutelle Doctoral Programs

Application Dates and Online Portal: Long-Term (7-10 months)

Application and Online Portal Graduates (and Undergraduates)

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Application Dates and Online Portal PhD-Students

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Application Dates and Online Portal Postdocs

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Application Dates and Online Portal: Doctoral Programs

Application Dates and Online Portal for Graduates

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Application Dates and Online Portal for PhD-Students

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Application Dates and Online Portal: Cotutelle Doctoral Programs

Application Dates and Online Portal for Graduates

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Application Dates and Online Portal for PhD-Students

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Video: How to Apply

Questions?

  • Check out the Manual for Personal FundingOn this site, you can download manuals to assist with the personal funding section of the DAAD Portal.
  • If you seek technical support with the registration or the online application please e-mail portal(at)daad.de
  • If you have questions regarding the DAAD Long-Term Research Grants, please contact kim(at)daad.org(Kindly understand that questions already answered by information on our website cannot be answered separately).

See here for Frequently Asked Questions