Post-docs, Scientists, Researchers

There are different scholarship opportunities for postdocs, researchers and scientists:

Research Stays for University Lecturers and Scientists

Generally application is possible at the DAAD Information Center or the German Embassy latest by the following deadlines: 1st of October in the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship, 1st of January and 1st of April annually.

A DAAD selection committee meets in February, May and November in Germany and awards the scholarships. Applications have to be handed in at the Information Center Accra or at the German Embassy at least 4 months before a meeting. The fellowship commences at the earliest 3 months after the meeting.

Georg Forster Research Fellowships

The Georg Forster Research Fellowships offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation allows excellent scholars and scientists from emerging economies and developing countries (excluding China and India) to spend an extended time of research (6-24 months) at a host collaborative partner in Germany.

Postdoctoral and experienced researchers, who work on a research project with relevance to development, are eligible to apply. Apart from this, there are no restrictions for specific subject areas or countries of origin. Applicants have to establish the contact to their academic host at a research institution in Germany and have to arrange for a letter of committment from their partner themselves.

  • Provisions consist of a monthly fellowship, a lump sum for travel expenses, family allowances, a language course as well as extensive alumni sponsorship (i. e. a 12 months return fellowship).
  • Applications can be submitted directly to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at any time.
  • Further information for experienced researchers

DLR – DAAD - Research Fellowships

The DLR – DAAD Research Fellowship Programme is run by the ‘Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt’ (DLR) and the DAAD. DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space, doing research also in transportation and energy.

This programme is specifically designed for highly-qualified doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists within the areas of Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy. DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer outstanding scientists and researchers the opportunity to conduct special research at the institutes of the DLR in Germany.

DLR-DAAD Fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each Fellowship announcement will indicate the specific application requirements and terms of the visit. The current offers are published under ‘DLR-DAAD Fellowships - Current Offers’.

Partnerships for sustainable solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa - Regulations for funding measures for research and integrated postgraduate training
and continuing training

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) published its Africa Strategy in 2014
with the aim of cooperating with African partners in order to
– Overcome global challenges
– Create high-quality and sustainable, scientific cooperation structures
– Strengthen regional and continental cooperation
– Strengthen innovative potential and develop markets
as well as to raise Germany's visibility in Africa as a key partner in education and research

The aim of this funding measure is to support collaborations between German universities,
non-university research institutions and companies and African partners which contribute to
the implementation of the BMBF's Africa Strategy. The focus is on projects which suitably
combine joint work on a research topic and its practical application with measures for joint
postgraduate training and continuing training in an integrated approach.

The current offers are published here.