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Thursday, September 28, 2017

DAAD Scholarship Germany Fully Funded Masters & PhD 2018

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DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programs for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

The aim of this grant program is to support doctoral projects in Germany.

Who can apply?

Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.
What can be funded?
Doctoral programs at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany:
  • Individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic adviser
  • Participation in a structured doctoral study program.

Duration of the funding

  • A maximum of four years; the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule.
  • Grants are initially awarded for a maximum of one year. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.
  • For doctoral projects in Germany that require several years of research, research phases outside Germany can be supported if these are critical for the successful completion of the doctoral degree. Planned stays must be specified in the application in the work and time schedule and should not exceed a quarter of the anticipated total funding period.

Value of DAAD Scholarship:

1.     Depending on academic level, monthly payments of:
·        Euros 750. - For graduates,
·        Euros 1,000. - For doctoral candidates
2.     Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
3.     Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
4.     One-off research allowance
5.     Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months may receive the following additional benefits:
·        Monthly rent subsidy
·        Monthly allowance for accompanying family members
To enable grant holders to improve their language skills in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:

·        Payment of course fees for the online language course "Deutsch-University Online (DUO)" ( for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
·        If necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the research stay; the DAAD decides whether to fund the grant holder's participation and for how long depending on language skills and project. If a language course scholarship is granted and the working language at the host institute is German, participation is compulsory.
·        Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period
·        Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which has either been taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period
·        As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.

Selection of DAAD Scholarship:

An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists reviews applications.
The most important selection criteria:
  • A convincing and well-planned research project or course of continuing education
  • Academic achievements

Additional documents that prove academic suitability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the assessment.
Application documents for DAAD scholarships
  • Online application form
  • CV in tabular form (not more than 3 pages)
  • List of publications (not more than 10 pages)
  • detailed research proposal and a description of previous research work (not more than 10 pages)
  • In the case of individual projects mentored by a university teacher (academic adviser)
  • Letter confirming supervision by a university teacher in Germany (academic adviser)
  • Plan of research work
  • Structured doctoral study program: Letter of admission to a study program; this can be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
  • Proof of existing contacts to the coordinator of the doctoral program in the form of copies of correspondence.

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