for academics


1-3-Month Study Visit Grant for Senior Academics (also known as Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists)

Awards are available to senior academics for visits to universities, research institutes, libraries and archives in Germany for the duration of 1-3 months. The funds are intended for academics who wish to work on specific research projects and/or visit German colleagues in order to work on matters of mutual academic interest. There are, however, no funds available for general information visits, attendance at conferences or lecture tours.

Closing dates

There are two deadlines per year:

Closing date 4 October 2016 (for visits commencing between January and June the following year)

Closing date 3 April 2017 (for visits commencing between July and December of the same year)


Applications are welcome from academics of all fields, currently employed at British or Irish universities. They should have two years experience of working at a British or Irish institution of higher education. Applicants at the beginning of their academic career may consider applying for the 1-6 Month Research Grant for Junior Academics.

A second application for a study visit can be considered if a period of at least three years has elapsed since the previous study visit grant.

Please note that German citizens should normally have been resident in the UK or Ireland for at least 10 years, and must have a permanent position at a university. Please contact Cécile Reese for further guidance if required.

Funding details

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a grant covering maintenance and supplementary expenditure, the amount of which depends upon length of stay and the academic status of the grant-holder (currently € 2,000 - € 2,150 per month). Payment is normally made in instalments through the finance office of the host university or institution. Further details will be given in the letter of award.

We regret that no extra allowance is available for dependants accompanying the grant holder and that health and accident insurance is not provided by the DAAD. Grant holders should therefore arrange their own insurance cover before travelling to Germany. The grant holder is also responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation arrangements.  

Application Procedure

The DAAD assumes that applicants will already be in contact with German institutions and colleagues and therefore requests a detailed itinerary of the planned stay, including dates and names of contacts and institutions to be visited. Applicants should therefore check beforehand that the contacts whom they wish to see will be available at the time of their proposed visit.

The applications will be presented to a selection committee, which will be meeting at the DAAD London Office to propose successful candidates for an award. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications about six weeks after the closing date. Successful candidates, however, will have to wait for final confirmation from DAAD head office in Bonn.

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 electronic application process, applicants should have the following PDF 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)

All documents must be uploaded in PDF format.

DAAD Application Portal

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.  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 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 Stays for University Academics and Scientists", by selection 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.

When you are ready, please select the "submit an application" tab. You will then be put through to the DAAD Portal where you are required to register prior to submitting an application.

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


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