Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists


DAAD offers grants for one to three months in all academic disciplines to scholars at US and Canadian institutions of higher education to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany. The aim of this particular program is to support short-term research stays and thus promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues. Grants are awarded for research and working projects and cannot be used for travel only. Airfare to Germany will not be covered and lecture tours, attendance at conferences or conventions, editorial meetings or extended guest professorships are not funded.

  • Please visit "Study Visits for Academics - Artists and Architects" for research and working projects of university teachers in the following disciplines: Architecture, Fine Art, Film, Design/Visual Communication, Performing Arts, and Music
  • If you are an annual grant alumnus/a please view our Re-Invitation Program for Former Scholarship Holders. We have additional funding for former one-year DAAD scholarship holders to spend one to three months completing a research or working project at a university or research institute in Germany.
  • Selection
    An independent selection committee reviews applications. The most important selection criteria are:
  • Academic achievements and recent publications which must be documented in the curriculum vitae and a list of publications.
  • A convincing and well-planned research/ working project.
  • Requirements
  • Scholars at US or Canadian universities or research institutions who hold the Ph.D. (or equivalent) and have been working in research or teaching full time for at least two years at the time of application and after receipt of the doctorate are eligible.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. German nationals must have been affiliated with a US or Canadian institution in full-time employment for at least ten consecutive years.
  • Applicants should possess adequate knowledge of the German language to carry out the proposed research.
  • Applicants may not hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German or German-American organization concurrently for the same project.
  • Former recipients of DAAD research grants who wish to apply again may do so after a lapse of at least three years.
  • A change of dates for recipients of the Research Grant for University Academics and Scientists is a rare exception granted only in special circumstances.
  • Application Procedure
    The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. You are also required to send 1 paper copy of the "Application summary" (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed, by mail to the application address (see below).

    Access to the DAAD portal opens about 6 weeks before the application deadline.

    A complete application is comprised of the following mandatory documents. Please upload all documents in PDF format to the application portal. The portal closes at 11:59PM Central European Time (5:59pm EST, 4:59pm CST, 3:59pm MST, 2:59pm PST) on the deadline date; as the electronic application system shuts down automatically, applicants are advised to start the online application at least one week before the closing date.

    Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal
    1) Online application form for funding program „Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists, 2017" (funding program no. 57314018) - to be downloaded from the application portal after registering
    2) Curriculum vitae/ resume (max. 3 pages)
    3) List of academic publications (max. 3 pages)
    4) Comprehensive statement about research/ working project (max. 10 pages)
    5) Time schedule and itinerary (host institutes/ academic hosts) of the planned research stay
    6) Letter from host which refers to the applicant's proposal and guarantees that a workplace will be provided
    The invitation letter should be a PDF document that can be uploaded to the portal by the applicant.

    To be submitted by mail
    One paper copy of the "Application summary", which is generated in the portal in PDF format and can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed.

    Please submit your documents in the order in which they are listed above (1-6) and do not staple any of the application materials.

    DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
    Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists
    871 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017

    Application Deadlines
    October 15, 11:59PM CET
    for research visits between March 15 and October 15 of the following year.
  • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents both to the DAAD portal and by mail. The postmark date serves as proof that the paper application has been submitted on time.
  • Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • The respective application deadline applies both to the online application and to the submission of the “Application summary” by mail (the postmark date is valid).

    Online Application Portal
    Please click here to access the application portal.
    1. Register in the DAAD Portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)
    2. Apply online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)
  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • Scan paper documents and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices to the portal in PDF format.
  • Upload your "Application summary", which has been generated in the DAAD portal.
  • 3. Send application documents by mail
    Submit 1 copy of the printed "Application summary" by regular mail. Please do not enclose any other documents that have not been uploaded to the portal with the printed "Application summary".

    Please keep a copy of the completed application for your records.

    After submitting your application
  • As soon as you have submitted your application online, you will automatically receive confirmation that your application has been successfully submitted and an e-mail informing you that a message has been sent to you via the portal’s messaging system. The message confirms that your application has been received.
  • Please do not call or email to inquire whether your online or paper application materials have been received. Within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline, you will receive an email to confirm the receipt of your complete application. You may submit your application in advance of the deadline date, but it will not be processed until after the deadline.
  • Application materials will not be returned. The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process the application.
  • We expect results for the October deadline at the end of January. Please note that no reasons for decisions will be given.
  • Deadlines  
  • October 15 (11:59pm Central European Time): for research stays starting between April 1 and October 1 of the following year

  • May 15 (11:59pm Central European Time): for research stays starting between October 1 and May 1 of the following year

  • Applications may be submitted online until 11:59pm CET on the deadline date. The respective application deadline applies both to the online application and the submission of the paper copy of the “Application summary” by mail (the postmark date is valid).

    Applicants will be informed about results at the end of January (for the October deadline) or in August (for the May deadline).
    Terms of Award  
    What can be funded?
  • Research projects at state or state-recognized institutions of higher education or non-university research institutes in Germany.
  • A research visit can also take place at several host institutions.
  • Funding may only be claimed once within three years.
  • Grants are awarded for research projects and cannot be used for travel only. Airfare to Germany will not be covered. Lecture tours, attendance at conferences or conventions, editorial meetings or extended guest professorships are not funded.

  • Duration of the funding
  • One to three months; the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule.
  • The grant is non-renewable.

  • Value
    Monthly payments of
    € 2,000 for lecturers and assistant professors
    € 2,150 for associate professors and full professors
    All DAAD Grantees receive mandatory health insurance through DAAD. The monthly contribution to the insurance of €145 is deducted from the stipend and cannot be waived.
    Tutorial: How to apply  
    If you have questions about the program, please contact Ms. Stefanie Gruber-Sliva at grubersliva[at]

    For technical problems with your online application, please send an e-mail to Please note that DAAD has only recently moved its application process online. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this transition.