Research Grants – One-Year 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).

Applications 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.
  • Applicants should have completed their last degree no longer than 6 years before the application deadline.

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.

Terms of Award

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

  • 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 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.

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 additional grant payments are put on hold for the duration of your DAAD scholarship.

Funding Period

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

  • The funding period begins October 1st, 2018. Research grants may range from 7 to 10 months in length. Earlier start dates are not possible.
  • The grant is non-renewable.

Application Guidelines & Checklist

The application takes place online through the DAAD portal. Your reference  must be sent by e-mail 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 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 may be 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
  • Letter confirming supervision by an academic adviser in Germany, which refers to the applicant's proposal and confirms that the host institution will provide a workplace
  • University Degree Certificate(s), if applicable (e.g. Bachelor or Master)
  • Transcripts of ALL university studies; make sure that individual grades are listed as well as 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 (professor or teaching assistant) 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 requirements 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)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? please visit our scholarship database for

Research Grants - One-Year Grants

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.

Application Dates and Online Portal for PhD-Students

Application Period
June 30th, 2017 to November 4th, 2017

Application Portal

Application Dates and Online for Portal Postdocs

Application Period
June 30th, 2017 to November 4th, 2017

Application Portal

Learn to Navigate the DAAD Online Portal

Learn to Navigate the DAAD Online Portal

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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