Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master's degree or Diplom, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or those who have already completed a PhD (postdocs), or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany, 

  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. 
  • Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada by the time of application deadline, it is required to be eligible:

- Applicants for Long-Term Research Grants (over 6 months): you have gained your last degree in the US/Canada or will be gaining it before taking up your scholarship. 
Applicants for Short-Term Research Grants (6 months and less): you have been living in the US/Canada for a minimum of one year and your current residence is in the US/Canada.

* All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.

  • For Doctoral students: no more than 3 years should have passed (at the time of application) since receiving ABD status
  • For Post Docs:

-       Applicants for Long-Term Research Grants (over 6 months): no more than 2 years should have passed at the time of application deadline since gaining their doctorate.

-       Applicants for Short-Term Research Grants (6 months and less): no more than 4 years should have passed at the time of application deadline since gaining their doctorate.

  • Those wishing to pursue a complete doctoral degree program in Germany must have received their last degree no longer than 6 years ago. (Click here to search a database of international doctoral programs in Germany.)
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.
  • German nationals should have been resident in the US/Canada for 6 continuous years at the time of application deadline. Please call the office to make sure you are eligible.
Terms of Award
  • Monthly stipends are approximately €750 for graduate students/ €1000 for doctoral students and postdocs. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
  • Please note DAAD scholarship recipients are not permitted to receive supplementary funding through 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 duration of your DAAD scholarship. 
  • Research Grants are awarded for periods of one to 10 months. Applicants wishing to complete a doctoral degree program in Germany can only apply for the long-term research grant. They may receive up to three one-year extensions. Please note that the German academic year usually begins on October 1st.
Application Guidelines
  • Deadlines : November 4, 2016 for 10-month and short-term grants. 

                      May 15, 2017 for short-term grants.

Ten-month scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018). Short-term grants (one to six months) with the November deadline must be started between six and 12 months after the application deadline. Short-term grants with the May deadline must be started between four and 12 months after the application deadline. Please note that due to administrative reasons the short-term grant can only start on the 1st or 15th of a month. 

  • The application is submitted online through the DAAD portal.
  • In addition, you are required to mail 3 copies of the “Application summary” (PDF File), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed.
  • The portal will close automatically at 11 PM Central European Time (5 PM EST/4PM CST/3PM MTN/2PM PST) on the deadline date. Applicants are advised to start the application process at least one week before the closing date.
  • Please ensure we receive the paper application no later than one week after the closing date (one-sided, not stapled). Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic and paper application.

1.  Check here if your University is a DAAD Partner University

  • At a DAAD Partner University: contact the DAAD campus coordinator, and submit your application to them; there may be an earlier university internal deadline. (if you miss your university’s deadline, you may alternatively submit  your application to DAAD New York) Please note this doesn’t apply to performing/visual artists.
  • Not at a DAAD Partner University: send your application directly to the DAAD New York office.
  • For the May 15th deadline (Short-term research grant) all applicants should apply directly to the DAAD New York office.

2.  Please refer to THIS APPLICATION CHECKLIST  to submit all required application materials before you enter the online portal. These guidelines are region specific for North American applicants only. You'll find some different details on the application portal and the DAAD Bonn website, such as maximum pages; this instruction supersede any conflicting information. 

3.  Helpful links for the online portal

4.   Are you ready? In order to register with the DAAD online portal to start your application, please go to the scholarship database and look for the program you wish to apply for (see below).  Select your status, your country of origin (please note that country of origin is in fact the country in which you are living and from where you are applying. Funding periods are restricted to the German academic year, which usually starts on October 1st.

" Research Grants One- Year Grants (7-10 months), 2017/18 " 

" Research Grant-Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2017/18 "

" Research Grant-Short-Term Grants (1-6 months), 2017" 

" Research Grant-Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes, 2017/18 " 

5.  Send your complete application (for all disciplines outside of artistic fields) to:

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Research Grant  
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

 6.  After you submit your application

  • Please DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL. You will receive an e-mail notification 8 weeks after the deadline.
  • Application decisions will not be accompanied with an explanation.
  • Applications remain with DAAD. Personal data of applicants and grantees will be stored electronically in DAAD’s files only to the extent necessary for the administration of the applications and scholarships in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act. Data will be provided to the respective International Student Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) for successful applicants where necessary in order to administer the scholarship and provide the scholarship holder with guidance services. Applications of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed after one year.
  • Results will be announced through the portal mid-April.
Still have Questions?
Check out the manual for personal funding On this site you can download manuals for use with the personal funding section of the DAAD Portal. 

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

If you have questions regarding the DAAD Research Grant, please contact (Kindly understand that questions already answered by information on DAAD’s website cannot be answered separately). 

Frequently Asked Questions