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DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Programmes in Germany

DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Programmes in Germany







Fully Funded



Aug 30, 2024

More details :

The DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Programmes in Germany aim to support highly qualified international doctoral candidates in pursuing their research and studies in Germany. This grant is a prestigious opportunity for those aiming to enhance their academic and professional careers through rigorous doctoral research.

Germany is renowned for its robust research infrastructure, innovative environment, and high academic standards. Pursuing a PhD in Germany allows students to engage with cutting-edge research, benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, and collaborate with leading experts in their fields. The country’s commitment to research and development ensures ample opportunities for funding, networking, and professional growth. Additionally, Germany's strategic position in Europe and its vibrant academic community make it an ideal location for international researchers.

Eligibility :

To be eligible for the DAAD Research Grants, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants should have graduated no longer than six years before the application deadline.

  2. If the applicant has already started their doctorate, the start date must not be more than three years ago.

  3. Applicants must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months at the application deadline.

Required documents :
  • Online Application Form: Complete on the DAAD portal.

  • Curriculum Vitae: Detailed, up to 3 pages.

  • List of Publications: If applicable, max. 10 pages.

  • Motivation Letter: 1-2 pages, detailing personal and academic reasons for the project in Germany.

  • Research Proposal: Extensive, up to 10 pages, including previous research and schedule for planned work, agreed upon with the academic supervisor.

  • Confirmation of Supervision: From the doctoral supervisor or proof of admission to a structured doctoral program.

  • Recommendation Letter: Recent and from a university teacher.

  • Language Proficiency Proof: Certificates not older than 2 years.

  • Certificates and Translations: All academic certificates, including school leaving and university certificates, with translations if not in German or English.

  • Identification Document: Valid passport, ID card, driver license, or student identity card.

How to apply :

General Information on the Application via DAAD Portal

Applications for this scholarship are possible from June until the stated application deadline.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Register in the DAAD Portal: Create an account in the portal. 

  2. Request Recommendation Form: Generate the recommendation form as a writable PDF in the DAAD Portal under 'Request recommendation form'.
    Send it to your university teacher for completion and upload it back in the portal under 'Letter of Recommendation'.

  3. Applying Online: Prepare and, if necessary, translate documents into German or English.
    Scan documents and save them in PDF format.

  4.  Fill out the application form and upload all documents in PDF format.
    Submit the application online.

The Scholarship Benefits:
  • Monthly stipend of €1,300.

  • Health, accident, and personal liability insurance.

  • Travel allowance.

  • Annual research allowance of €460.

  • Additional benefits for rent, family members, and language courses.

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