for doctoral students & postdocs


Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists (more than 6 months)

This scholarship provides funds for doctoral, post-doctoral students, or junior academics to study and/or conduct research at any German university, research institute, music academy or art college for a total duration of seven to ten months (1 academic year). The scholarship is tenable between 1 October 2017 to 31 July 2018. This scholarship cannot be extended.

Closing dates for applications


Selection criteria

German language test

Funding details

Application procedure

Online Application Portal


Closing dates for applications

13 January 2017 (UK/Ireland)

Applications can be submitted from July 2016 until 11pm on the closing date for applications.  As the electronic application system will shut down automatically at 11pm, applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the closing date.

Please note that applicants from UK/Irish universities may be invited for interviews in London in March 2017.


  • Applicants of all nationalities may apply, provided that the applicant is either currently enrolled at a British/Irish university or has graduated from a British/Irish university. All international students who graduated from a British/Irish university but no longer live in the UK/in Ireland are kindly requested to contact the London Office to clarify eligibility before starting their application (for contact information please see below) - you may need to apply via a different DAAD office!
  • German nationals should have been resident in Britain or Ireland for at least 6 continuous years at the time of application. Please call the office to make sure you are eligible.
  • Applicants should not have been in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of application or two years when taking up the scholarship.

Selection Criteria

  • For doctoral students: no more than 3 years should have passed (at the time of application) since starting their doctorate.
  • For postdocs: no more than 2 years should have passed (at the time of application) since gaining their doctorate.
  • In general, no more than 6 years should have passed (at time of application) since gaining the last degree (BA or MA).
  • Previous study and examination performance as well as knowledge of the chosen area of study
  • Proof/documentation of contact between the applicant and the German Institution of higher education
  • Adequate knowledge of German to carry out proposed study/research
  • General academic qualities of the applicant

German Language Test

Only candidates who have no German knowledge and who are planning to carry out their research completely in English are exempt. Please provide proof for this in form of a letter by the German supervisor.

All other applicants, including graduates of German, must take a German language test at a Goethe Institute or with a DAAD Lektor. The language test is intended to indicate the level of proficiency in the German language and there is no specific pass mark .

The German language test (the onDaF test) at the Goethe Institute in London will be held at 11am  on the following dates:

19 October 2016, Wednesday

16 November 2016, Wednesday

6 January 2017, Friday


Please register at OnDaF for your participation in the test. Once you are registered, please forward your registration email to the Goethe-Institut London ( who will then be in touch with you regarding an access code. Please be advised that there is a limited number of places to sit the test.

Alternatively, you can arrange to sit the test with a DAAD Lektor in the German Department of your local university; Lektoren contact details on this website can be found here.

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.

Funding Details

The grant comprises a monthly allowance of €750 for graduate students/ €1000 for doctoral students and postdocs plus an initial payment and a lump sum towards travel expenses, as well as an accident/personal liability insurance policy for the duration of the visit. 

Please note 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

Please use this checklist to ensure you submit a complete application.

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD's Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded!

1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal

  • Online application form (to be generated on the portal)
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications (max. 10 pages), if applicable
  • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal which has been discussed with the academic adviser and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages)
  • Schedule of planned research work
  • Letter confirming supervision by an academic adviser in Germany, which refers to the applicant's proposal and confirms that the host institute will provide a workplace
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
  • Other documents which support your application (example: certificates of employment, proof of placements, etc. )
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system.
  • an up-to-date German language certificate (exception see "German Language Test")
  • German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language
  • Proof of admission to a doctoral programme at the home university insofar as the applicant intends to take a doctoral degree there

2. To be submitted by post

  • The "Application summary", which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send 1 copy/copies to the application address
  • One recent reference from a university teacher which provides information about your qualifications; please enclose one copy of the reference in a sealed envelope with each copy of your application or your referee can send the original signed hard copy directly to the DAAD (the reference form has to be generated on the DAAD portal, also called referee's report).
  • A health certificate; this is only required, if you are selected for a scholarship. Therefore, please submit this document not before requested to do so by the DAAD Head Office.

All documents, except the reference forms, must be uploaded to the application portal in PDF format.

Online Application Portal

Applicants are requested to register with the Online Application Portal prior to making an application. Once registered, applicants will log onto the Application Portal where they download an electronic application form and complete it in their own time. Applicants should have all the additional compulsory documents (as listed above) ready when they upload their completed application form. However, the letters of recommendation (point 13) will not be uploaded, they will have to be sent as hard copies to the DAAD London office (address below).

The Online Application 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 Portal.

Please print out the application summary as soon as you receive it (one-sided; please do not staple, use paperclips, etc.) and send it one copy along with the original reference form (in sealed envelopes) to the following addresses:

Vanessa Huebner
DAAD London Office
1 Southampton Place
London WC1A 2DA

Applications can be submitted from 1 July 2015 until 11pm on the closing date for applications.  As the electronic application system will shut down automatically at 11pm, applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the closing date.

Please ensure we receive the paper application no later than a week after the closing date. Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic application and the paper version.

Ready for your application? In order to register with the DAAD online portal, please go to the scholarship database and look for the programme you wish to apply for. Select your status, your country of origin (please note that country of origin is in fact the country where you have graduated/are currently enrolled at university, e.g. UK or Ireland) and your subject. Then select the scholarship from the list of results (Research Grants - One-Year Grants) and you will find a green button in the top-right corner "Submitting an application".

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



Vanessa Huebner

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