for doctoral students & postdocs


Research Grant for PhD Students, Postdocs, and Junior Academics (for up to 6 months / open to all disciplines)

A limited number of short-term research grants are available to academics in Britain and Ireland to carry out research at universities, research institutes, libraries and archives in Germany. Applicants are expected to establish contact with and secure access to the respective institution(s) prior to their DAAD application and make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Please note that there are no funds available for attendance at conferences.


The grants are for short-term visits of one to six months.


Application deadlines

There are two deadlines per year:

4 October 2016 (for visits starting any time between January and June the following year)

3 April 2017 (for visits starting any time between July and December the same year)



The grants are open to:

  • PhD students (and in exceptional cases also Graduates) of any subject area
  • postdoctoral researchers (provided that their PhD was completed no longer than 4 years ago at the time of application)
  • lecturers at the start of their university career
  • applicants of all nationalities, provided that the applicant is either currently enrolled at a British/Irish university or has graduated from a British/Irish university no longer than two years ago and is still resident in the UK/Ireland

German nationals should have been in Britain or Ireland for at least six continuous years by the time they apply; please contact the DAAD London if you have any queries. 

No formal language qualification is required, however applicants should be able to show that they possess the appropriate level of German or English to carry out their proposed research.

Please note  that applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the time of application cannot be considered.

A second application for a research grant can only be considered after a period of at least one year since the previous grant.


Selection Criteria

  • doctoral students: no more than 3 years should normally have passed (at the time of application) since starting their doctorate

  •  the applicant's academic performance

  • quality of research proposal

  • project preparations

  • references

  • appropriate language skills (if applicable / however no formal language test is required)


Funding Details

The grant comprises a monthly allowance of €1000, an initial extra payment towards travel expenses, and an accident/personal liability insurance policy for the duration of the visit.

DAAD scholarship recipients are not permitted to receive supplementary funding through the DAAD or any other German funding body.  

Supplementary funding from a non-German funding body may, in some cases, be permitted. However, they would then be treated as additional earnings, i.e. grants exceeding the tax-free income level in Germany (currently € 450 per month) would be deducted from the DAAD scholarship, unless the grant payments will be put on hold for the time of your DAAD scholarship. 

Application Procedure

The applications will be presented to a selection committee which meets twice a year at the DAAD London Office to propose successful candidates for an award.

Please note that the application process for research grants has now changed to an electronic system. Applications can be submitted until 11pm on the closing date for applications.  As the system will shut down automatically at 11pm, applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the closing date.

Before starting the application process, applicants should have the following documents ready:

  1. Detailed curriculum vitae – in English, 3 pages max.
  2. Publication list, 10 pages max.
  3. Detailed research proposal with overview of relevant research carried out to date – in English, however proposals in the field of Germanistik may be written in German, 10 pages max.
  4. Detailed itinerary/time schedule of research visit (where, when, for how long) – in English, 3 pages max. 
  5.  Correspondence from the host in Germany confirming his/her readiness to host the applicant at the time in question, including postal and email contact details – in English (in case of visits to archives or libraries contact details may suffice)
  6. All higher education degree certificates and transcripts with end-of-year grades and an explanation of the grading system (original/certified hard copies will be requested later in case of a positive outcome)
  7. A completed DAAD reference form (to be printed off the electronic application system). The form should be completed by a recent lecturer/tutor in the relevant subject. Please note the reference form has to be an original hard copy, hand-signed by the referee. 

All documents, except the reference form (point 7), must be uploaded in PDF format.  

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 additional compulsory documents ready when they upload their completed application form. Compulsory documents are all the documents listed above, however, the reference forms (point 6) will not be uploaded, they will have to be sent as hard copies to the DAAD London office (address below).

Further non-compulsory documents may also be uploaded at the same time.

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.

Please print out the application summary as soon as you received it and send it, along with the original reference form (in a sealed envelope) to Cecile Reese at the address below.

Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic application and the paper version. 

Ready for your application? Please go to the scholarship database and search for "Research Grants", providing your status, your country of origin (please note that country of origin is the country where you have graduated/are currently enrolled or employed at university, e.g. either UK or Ireland) and your subject area. Then select Research Grants - Short Term Grants from the list on the right.

If you seek technical support with the registration or the online application please email 

For any other queries you may contact:

Ms Cécile Reese
DAAD London Office
1 Southampton Place
London WC1A 2DA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 9511
Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 8575