Research Grants-Cotutelle Doctoral Programs are awarded to highly qualified doctoral candidates and graduates who have admission to a doctoral program at the time they begin their grant-supported research. The aim is to promote bi-national doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called "cotutelle" procedure); after the degree is successfully completed, the German university and partner institution abroad usually award the doctoral degree jointly.

Applications are accepted once per year, usually in November.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.

Terms of Award

  • Monthly stipend for doctoral candidates in Germany: EUR 1,200
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
  • One-time research allowance
  • Travel and accommodation expenses according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law for supervising university teachers for one trip of up to 10 days
    • undertaken by the home university teacher to Germany to monitor progress
    • undertaken by the German university teacher to the home university of the scholarship holder to take part in final examinations.

The nature of the trips should be specified in the work and time schedule submitted with the application.

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:

  • A very limited number of scholarship recipients may be awarded an additional two-month intensive language course grant. This is decided 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 taken either in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period.
  • If you take a DSH or GI (Goethe Institute) examination during the scholarship period, the fee may be reimbursed.


Funding Period

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

  • Maximum of 18 months; The grant may also be used within the framework of several shorter stays within a period of three consecutive 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.
  • The funding period begins October 1st, 2019. The initial award is for 12 months only. You must then re-apply for an extension.
  • Applicants should outline how they plan to divide their time between Germany and the home university in a work and time schedule in their application.
  • During stays at their home university, the grant is interrupted.

Application Guidelines & Checklist

The application takes place online through the DAAD portal. Your reference has to be sent by e-mail to gradscholar(at) 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 your DAAD campus coordinator first and follow the application guidelines for your university’s pre-selection. Please note that your university may have an earlier internal deadline. (if you miss your university’s deadline, you may follow the general application guidelines). This does not apply to short-term research grant applicants or 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 agreed with both academic advisors- in the home country and in Germany - and a description of previous research work (max. 5 pages).
  • Schedule of planned research work and visits from academic adviser.
  • Individual supervision agreement between the home university and the cooperating German University (Cotutelle contract). If this is not yet available at the time of application, it must be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins.
  • University degree certificates (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. 4th) 

  • 1 signed reference form from a university professor in your major subject or discipline in a sealed envelope. Your reference must send a scan of the signed form via email to gradscholar(at)
  • 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? 

Please visit our scholarship database for  Research Grants - Cotutelle Doctoral Programs

5. After you submit your application

  • Results will be announced through the Portal at the beginning of April.
  • 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.

Application Dates and Online Portal for Graduates

Application Period
June 30th, 2018 to November 5th, 2018

Application Portal

Application Dates and Online Portal for PhD-Students

Application Period
June 30th, 2018 to November 5th, 2018

Application Portal

Learn to Navigate the DAAD Online Portal

Learn to Navigate the DAAD Online Portal

To play video, please click on image. Please note video host will have access to data. Watch on YouTube.


  • 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)
  • If you have questions regarding the DAAD Long-Term Research Grants, please contact kim(at) understand that questions already answered by information on our website cannot be answered separately).

See here for Frequently Asked Questions