Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified PhD candidates, recent PhDs or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.
|Terms of Award|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
- at a DAAD partner university, contact the DAAD campus coordinator, and submit your application to them; there may be an earlier internal deadline date. (if you miss your internal deadline date, you may alternatively submit directly to DAAD New York).
- not at a DAAD Partner University, send your application directly to the DAAD New York office.
Please note that the application process for research grants has now changed to an electronic system. The portal will be closed at midnight Central European Time on the application deadline.
Before starting the application process, applicants should have the following mandatory documents ready and please note that these guidelines are for region specific for North American applicants only. you may see different guidelines such as maximum page numbers on the main portal and for other regions:
1) Application Form
2) Curriculum vitae - in chronological/tabular form, max. 3 pages.
4) Schedule of planned research work in Germany, max. 2 pages or (in case of structured doctoral study program) description/course catalog of the chosen program, max. 5 pages
5) Correspondence from the host/supervisor in Germany confirming his/her readiness to host/supervise the applicant at the time in question or (for structured PhD programs) evidence of existing contact with the university
6) Letter of Recommendation - Submit two original letters of recommendation printed on university letterhead, from professors at North American institutions in your field of study. Please request that your professor include two photocopies with the original letter in a sealed envelope.
The following form gives a general outline of the points that selection committees expect http://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.pdf (referred to as “Reports on scholarship applications”). Referees may use it as an alternative to a letter of recommendation.
Applicants are requested to register with the DAAD Portal prior to making an application. Once registered, applicants will log onto the DAAD Portal where they download an electronic application form and complete it in their own time. Applicants should have all documents ready in PDF format when they upload their completed application form. Compulsory documents are all the documents listed above, however, the letters of recommendation (point 6) will not be uploaded, they will have to be sent as hard copies in a sealed envelope.
The DAAD Portal allows applicants to check the status of their application. Once an application has been accepted, a notification and a summary of the application in PDF format will be sent to the DAAD Portal.
When your application profile is complete, it will automatically be compiled into one file entitled “Bewerbungszusammenfassung.pdf” (Application Summary). Please print out this file, and collate each set in the above order. DO NOT staple.
This includes the following steps:
You will find detailed information and guidance on these steps in the online manual.
Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic application and the paper version.
Submit a total of THREE sets of all the above application materials. Please don’t forget to include the letters of recommendation in a sealed envelope that were not uploaded into your application package.
Mail your application to:
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
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|After You Submit Your Application|
|Please keep a photocopy of the completed application and this Information Sheet for your records.
After you have submitted your application Confirmation of receipt: Do not call or email to inquire whether your application has been received. Within six to eight weeks after the application deadline, you will receive an email to confirm the receipt of your complete application. You may submit your application in advance of the deadline date, but it will not be processed until after the deadline to assure fairness to all applicants of that scholarship program.
No reasons for decisions will be given. Application forms and all supporting material remain with DAAD. Upon request, DAAD will return slides, tapes and drawings to applicants in the fine arts and music. Personal data of applicants and grantees will be stored electronically in DAAD’s computer files only to the extent necessary for the administration of the applications and scholarships in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act. Data will be provided to the respective International Student Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) for successful applicants when necessary to administer the scholarship and provide the scholarship holder with guidance services. Applications of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed after one year.