Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists

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
Terms of Award
Application Guidelines
Application Deadline

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 two years 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 two years 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.
Application Deadline  
    • November 1, 2014 (postmark) for 10-month and short-term grants. Results will be announced at the end of March/beginning of April.
    • May 15, 2014 (postmark) for short-term grants. Results will be announced by mid-August.

Ten-month scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016). 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.

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: €775-850 / West: €850-1075; Canada East: €925 / West: €1300).
Application Guidelines
  • Check if your university is a DAAD Partner University by clicking here. If you are:
    - 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.
  • For the May 15th deadline (Short-term research grant) all applicants should apply directly to the DAAD New York office.

Application Documents

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.

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) 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 (referred to as “Reports on scholarship applications”). Referees may use it as an alternative to a letter of recommendation.

7) Transcripts- 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. You may open the official transcript to upload and make two photocopies of each transcript. It is not necessary to submit original copies if you have foreign transcripts; they may all be photocopies.

8) 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)

9) 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)

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:

  1. Select Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientist via the search engine
  2. Register as a user
  3. Download and fill in the application form electronically
  4. Upload all required documents (the portal will guide you as to what they are)
  5. Print out three copies of your application once the system has sent it to you
  6. Submit all three copies including the recommendation letters in a sealed envelope

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)
             Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists
             871 United Nations Plaza
             New York, NY 10017

Ready for your application? Then please click HERE.

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.

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

If you are NOT a citizen or student in the UNITED STATES or CANADA, please see: DAAD International