The programme provides one-year scholarships for European nationals with a degree from a German university to gain experience in teaching German as a foreign language at a British or Irish university.

The assistantships are allocated to a university based on an application by the academic department of a British or Irish university and depending on the funding available. The assistant remains in a department for 9 - 10 months and their teaching duties should not exceed 8 hours per week, the post is completely funded by the DAAD. A DAAD-Lecturer or senior member of staff will act as a mentor for the assistant and further professional development activities offered by the university to the assistant are welcome.