The German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a joint organization of Germany's universities, promoting international academic relations through the exchange of students and scholars.

Its scholarships for foreigners are mostly funded by the German Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and comprise programs for students, graduates, interns, doctoral students, post-docs and established scientists.  

At the heart of its portfolio for graduated scientists are its Research Grants. Research grants are open to doctoral students enrolled in a PhD program in their home country seeking to conduct part of their research in Germany and young scientists interested in research projects and further training in Germany. Research grants are awarded for up to one year. Under certain circumstances, full doctoral grants running for the duration of the entire doctorate are also possible. Special multi-phase doctoral programs are in place for students from developing countries carrying out the doctorate in their home country (“Sandwich-Model”). 

Added to this are numerous specific grants. The selection criteria include the applicant's academic achievement as well as the quality of the research project in question. Knowledge of German is not a requirement but counts as a plus. 

The DAAD offers a scholarship database on its website where subject, country of origin and status can be entered to retrieve a list of the programs available for a certain project. 

Application deadlines vary from program to program. Information is available at DAAD offices abroad, at Germany's embassies and consulates abroad and on the DAAD's website. For many programs, application forms can be downloaded from the net.