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Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists are awarded to highly qualified PhD candidates, recent PhDs or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.

Eligibility Requirements
  • PhD Candidates at North American institutions applying for short-term grants (one to six months) must have ABD status by the time of application deadline, but no more than four years before applying. For those applying for long-term grants (seven to 10 months) must have reached ABD status by the start of the grant period, but no more than four years before applying.
  • Post Docs applying for short-term grants (one to six months) should have completed their degrees no longer than four years before the time of application. Those applying for long-term grants (seven to 10 months) should have completed their degrees no longer than one year before the time of application
  • Those wishing to pursue a complete doctoral degree program in Germany must have received their last degree no longer than 6 years ago. (Click here to search a database of international doctoral programs in Germany.)
  • Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply, but we do not support to completion of a clinical science degree at a German university such as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students/scholars at an accredited US or Canadian University for at least one year at the time of application deadline.
  • Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
  • By the time of application deadline, applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 months.
  • Prior recipients of a DAAD grant/scholarship should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility.
  • Grantees may not hold a DAAD grant with funding from another German, German-American or German-Canadian organization for the same period.
Terms of Award
    • Research Grants are awarded for periods of one to 10 months. Applicants wishing to complete a doctoral degree program in Germany can only apply for the long-term research grant. They may receive up to three one-year extensions.

    • Monthly stipend is approximately €1000. In addition, DAAD will pay for health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €925 / West: €1,300; Canada East: €1,450 / West: €1,300).
Application Deadline  
    • November 4, 2015 (11pm CET) for 10-month and short-term grants. Results will be announced mid-April.
    • May 15, 2016 (11PM CET) for short-term grants. Results will be announced by mid-August.

Applications maybe be submitted online until 11pm Central European Time on the application deadline. The paper application has to be submitted no later than a week after the deadline. Applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the closing date. Ten-month scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017). Short-term grants (one to six months) with the November deadline must be started between six and 12 months after the application deadline. Short-term grants with the May deadline must be started between four and 12 months after the application deadline.

Tutorial: How to apply  
Frequently Asked Questions

International Students
If you are not a citizen or a current full-time degree student at a university located in the United States or Canada, please check your eligibility, or find the DAAD office that serves your country at the above link.
Application Guidelines
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 below instructions supersede any conflicting information.

Check if your university is a DAAD Partner University

  • 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). 

* Please note this doesn’t apply to performing/visual artists.

* For the May 15th deadline (Short-term research grant) all applicants should apply directly to the DAAD New York office.


A complete application is comprised of the following mandatory documents. Upload all documents (as listed below) in PDF format to the application portal, except the letter of recommendation (#9).

1) Online Application Form (see Online Application Portal)
2) Curriculum vitae  - in chronological/tabular form, max. 3 pages.
3) Detailed and explicit project proposal and description of previous research undertaken, max. 5 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) Transcripts- Open and upload your official transcripts of all higher education institutions from which you have a degree, including explanations of the grading systems on the back of the transcripts.
7) DAAD language evaluation form (Sprachzeugnis) (click here to download) – If you have any knowledge of German, submit this document signed by a faculty member of the German Department at your institution. If you have no knowledge of German and your research/study language in Germany is in English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your research/study language is in English, and write at the top "No knowledge of German." (Please note that German is not a requirement for the Research Grant) (upload it in the “Proof of Language Skills” section)
8) Confirmation of ABD status – For PhD candidates, submit a letter on university letterhead from your department chair confirming that you are or will be ABD by the time of the application deadline for the short-term applications, or that you are or will be ABD by the time the grant starts for the long-term applicants. This doesn’t apply for those who are completing a doctoral degree in Germany. (upload it in the “Miscellaneous” section)
9) Letter of Recommendation - Submit one original letter of recommendation. Please request that your professor include two photocopies with the original letter/form in one sealed envelope. There are two options for this: Professors at North American institutions in your field of study can

  • either fill out a DAAD Gutachten/Reference form (“Reports on scholarship applications submitted by foreign Graduates”).
  • or write their own letter of recommendation on university letterhead.

Please disregard the following requirements on our head office’s page:
-          “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 programme at the home university insofar as the applicant intends to take a doctoral degree there"
-          "Copy of School-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)”



  • Register at the Online Application Portal prior to making an application
  • Once registered, log on to the portal to download an electronic application form and complete it in their own time. Please select the appropriate Program (see below).    

         " Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists, 2016/17 (No. 57210260)" for a long term research grant (7-10 months)

         " Research Grant-Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2016/17 (No. 57214224)" for those wishing to complete a doctoral degree in Germany

         " Research Grant-Short-Term Grants, 2016 (No. 57214227)" for a Short-Term Research Grant (1-6 months)

         " Research Grant-Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes, 2016/17 (No. 57214226) 

  • Upload all documents (as listed above) in PDF format to the application portal, except the letter of recommendation (#9). you should have all of the compulsory documents ready when you upload your completed application form.
  • Once an application has been accepted, a notification and an “Application Summary (PDF)” will be sent to you from the portal. Print out the application summary as soon as you receive it.
  • The Online Application Portal allows applicants to check the status of their application.


Make two (2) duplicates of the Application Summary, submitting A TOTAL OF THREE (3) SETS and the original letter of recommendation in one package. DO NOT staple.

Please send your complete application package WITHIN ONE WEEK AFTER THE DEADLINE. You may submit your application in advanced of the deadline date, but it will not be processed until after the deadline to assure fairness to all applicants.

Mail your application to:

             DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
             Research Grant
             871 United Nations Plaza
             New York, NY 10017

Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic application and the paper version.

Ready for your application? Then please click HERE.

After You Submit Your Application
Confirmation of receipt: DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL to inquire whether your application has been received. Within 6-8 weeks after the deadline, you will receive an email to confirm the receipt of your application.

No reasons for decisions will be given.

Application forms and all supporting material remain with DAAD. 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.

If you have questions regarding the DAAD Research Grant, please contact