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DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
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Funding & Scholarships


Research Grants - Short-Term Grants and One-Year Grants

Research grants provide PhD students and young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research or continue their education in Germany at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany. The primary goal is the support of the applicant's PhD thesis.

Postdocs should also refer to the funding opportunities offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


  • Short-Term Grants: one month to a maximum of six months
  • One-Year Grants: 7 to 10 months

In each case, the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule.

Depending on the award holder's academic level, the DAAD will pay a monthly award of 750 EUR (graduates holding a first degree) or 1000 EUR (PhD candidates). The scholarship also includes payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover in Germany. Furthermore, the DAAD will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, unless these costs are covered by the home country or by another funding source.
One-Year Grants also come with a one-off research allowance plus, where appropriate, a rent subsidy and family allowance.

To enable One-Year Grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay, DAAD offers the following services:
  • Payment of course fees for the online language course "Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)" ( for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter.
  • If necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the research stay; the DAAD decides whether to fund the grant holder's participation and for how long depending on language skills and project. If a language course scholarship is granted and the working language at the host institute is German, participation is compulsory.
  • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period.
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which is either taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period.

Applications for DAAD research grants are open to excellently-qualified university graduates who hold a (research) Master's or Honours' degree at the time they commence the grant-supported research and, in exceptional cases, graduates holding a Bachelor's degree or already holding a doctorate/PhD (postdocs).

It is required that doctoral candidates wishing to complete a PhD in Australia will already have been admitted to an appropriate course at their home university.

The application papers must generally include written confirmation of academic supervision by a professor in Germany and expressly refer to the applicant's project, confirming that the host institute will provide a workplace. If the applicant is planning to complete a doctorate at the German host university, the letter of confirmation must come from the academic supervisor (Doktorvater/Doktormutter) for the applicant's doctoral program/thesis.

Applicants who intend to gain their PhD within the scope of a structured doctoral study program are required to present a letter of admission from their study program or at least proof that they are being considered for admission.

Besides academic achievements, the most important selection criterion is a convincing and well-planned research or continuing education and training project to be completed during the stay in Germany and which has been coordinated and agreed with an academic supervisor at the chosen German host institute.

The required language level depends on the applicant's study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted if English is spoken at the host institute.

Candidates may only receive one Research Grant within any twelve-month period.

At the time of application, no more than three years may have passed since starting the doctoral process. For postdocs applying for a One-Year Grant, no more than two years may have passed since gaining their PhD. For postdocs applying for a Short-Term Grant, no more than four years may have passed since gaining their PhD.

Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than fifteen months at the time of the application deadline OR longer than two years at the time their funding starts cannot be considered as the scholarships aim to foster exchange.

In addition to this information, please take a look at the general requirements and information for applicants and at our Application FAQ.

Special note for applicants from the fields of human medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry: Please click here for specific conditions and requirements!

Application process
You will need to submit your application online via the MOVE Portal (Short-Term Grants) or MOVE Portal (One-Year Grants). This includes the following steps:

  1. Select Short-Term Grants or One-Year Grants via the search engine
  2. Register as a user
  3. Download and fill in the application form electronically
  4. Upload all required documents (the portal will guide you as to what they are)
  5. Print out two copies of your application once the system has sent it to you
  6. Submit both copies to the DAAD in Sydney by the deadline

You will find detailed information and guidance on these steps in the online manual.

Please note that applying online is a requirement and we cannot accept any applications that have not been submitted online first.

Application address and deadlines (Date of receipt at the DAAD Information Centre Sydney):

  • 30 September, for stays of more than six months (study stays to run from April/October of the following year; research stays to start between April and October of the following year); you will hear about the outcome around late February.
  • 30 September, for short term visits of 1-6 months (stays to start between March and August of the following year) ; you will hear about the outcome around late January.
  • 31 March, for short term visits of 1-6 months (stays to start between September of the same year and February of the following year ); you will hear about the outcome around July.

Please submit your application online first. The online process will then generate a paper document for you which you will need to send to the DAAD Information Centre in Sydney:

DAAD Information Centre
c/o Goethe-Institut Sydney
90 Ocean Street
Woollahra NSW 2025

t (+61-2) 8356 8345 (usually Tuesdays and Thursdays)
f (+61-2) 8356 8314

Please note that we are only able to accept paper documents that have been sent in the mail. Please do not hand in documents in person unless you have made an appointment with one of us. Please do not leave your documents outside the Goethe-Institut or at Goethe reception.

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