The Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin.

Attract, train, and retain – under this motto the DAAD addresses postdocs of all nationalities, who see their future career in Germany, but who first wish to spend some time researching abroad.

Funding is not only provided for a one year research stay abroad but also for a six month integration period at a German university of the fellows’ choice. During the stay abroad the return to Germany can be optimally prepared through the association with the prospective host institution. In accordance with the “European Charter for Researchers” the DAAD offers funding to German institutions of higher education for the employment of the fellowship holders, thus
ensuring that they receive adequate social security coverage throughout the whole funding period.

The P.R.I.M.E. website contains contacts at German universities who provide support to postdocs in the identification of suitable research groups and the application process. If as a German institution of
higher education you are interested in nominating a contact person for P.R.I.M.E., please write to

The next application deadline is May 15th, 2017 for fellowships beginning on or after January 1st, 2018.

For more information and application documents, please click here.