The DAAD strives to foster academic exchange and cooperation with individuals and institutions in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

First established in 1927 and re-opened after the war in 1952, the London office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the oldest of the 19 branch offices of the organisation outside of Germany.
The DAAD team in London acts as the first point of contact for inquiries regarding DAAD programmes for students and researchers, providing information about German universities and further funding opportunities.

This website will help you to find information on:

  • Germany as a study and research destination
  • DAAD funding for applicants from the UK and Ireland
  • learning German
  • Other DAAD programmes in the UK and Ireland, such as the Lektor programme
  • DAAD-sponsored project and networking opportunities that support exchange between the German, British and Irish cultures

Please note that we provide funding for students and academics in the UK and Ireland to study and carry out research in Germany. If you are an applicant from Germany and looking for funding to study / carry out research in the UK or Ireland, you need to go via DAAD head office in Germany.


The DAAD London Team

Ruth Krahe

work mobile: +44 (0) 7762307891


Justin Foreman


Katie James

work mobile: +44 (0) 7762307891

  • Budgets
  • Accounts
  • Project Funding / Promoting German Studies
  • DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for Germany Studies
  • IT
  • Personnel


Mike James


  • Accounts


Alexander Bleistein

Email: or
work mobile: +44 (0) 7547269450

  • Planning and coordination of Lektoren- and Ortslektorenprogramm as well as Sprachassistentenprogramm on a regional and local level
  • Coordination of the ‘Centre Stage Deutsch’ (former Writer in Residence Programme) in the UK and Ireland
  • Project-coordination of activities that promote the German Language in the UK and Ireland


Silke Boettcher

Email: or
work mobile: +44 (0) 79 3323 0018

  • Programme and Project Coordination
  • Public Relations / e-Newsletter / Website / Social Media
  • Research Grants for Junior / Senior Academics
  • Coordination of  UK Network of German Academics
  • Marketing and Campaigns


Claudia Zehrt

work mobile: +44 (0) 7596089943

  • Programme and Project Coordination
  • Scholarships for Graduates
  • Research Grants – One-Year Grants
  • German scholarship holders
  • Lektorenprogramm (administrative support)


Siobhan O’Brien


  • Temporary Project Assistant