Research Grants – Doctoral Programs in Germany 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. The aim is to support individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany or individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic adviser or participation in a structured doctoral study program in Germany.
Applications are accepted once per year, usually in November.
- 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.
- No longer than 6 years should have passed since receiving your last degree.
- Depending on academic background and status, the monthly stipend ranges from EUR 750 to 1,000
- 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
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 on a case-by-case basis 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.
- 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 additional grant payments will be put on hold for the duration of your DAAD scholarship.
Please note that we can only offer the following funding periods, no exceptions.
- The funding period begins October 1st, 2018. The initial award is for 12 months only. You must then re-apply for an extension.
- If extended, funding may be granted for a maximum of four years in total. This is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule.
- For doctoral projects in Germany that require several years of research, research phases outside Germany can be supported if these are critical for the successful completion of the doctoral degree. Planned stays must be specified in the application in the work and time schedule and should not exceed a quarter of the anticipated total funding period.
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 a DAAD Partner University
|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
Please disregard the following requirement on our head office’s website:
>>>>2. Submit by mail (postmarked Nov. 4th)
Mail signed reference form to :
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
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 - Doctoral Programs in Germany
5. After you submit your application
- Application Period
- June 30th, 2017 to November 4th, 2017
- Application Period
- June 30th, 2017 to November 4th, 2017
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- Check out the Manual for Personal Funding. On 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
Download Application Documents
Language Evaluation Form: Download: Language Evaluation Form (pdf, 37.81 KB)
Checklist: Download: Research Grant Checklist - PhD Programs (pdf, 259.21 KB)