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DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
Funding & Scholarships

Are you looking for possibilities to fund a study or research stay in Germany?

The DAAD is Germany's largest scholarship-awarding organisation and runs several programs to support academic exchange between Germany and all parts of the world. These programs range from short-term exchanges for research or teaching purposes to doctoral scholarships lasting several years. The scholarships offered by the DAAD are awarded to younger university graduates from all academic disciplines as well as from the fields of music and art. Support is also available for young academics and scientists, university teachers and groups completing study visits under the guidance of a university teacher. This support is largely financed from public funds made available by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The following scholarship programs were designed especially for Australian students and academics. You will find more detailed information on scholarships and funding via the links below, on the DAAD scholarship search engine and in our scholarship flyer.
In addition, the scholarship flyer lists a host of external scholarship opportunities provided by other institutions, so it's worth checking out even if our scholarships don't suit your particular situation!

Für Deutsche, die Informationen über Förderungsmöglichkeiten für Studium oder Forschung in Australien suchen, haben wir eine Übersicht an Förderungsmöglichkeiten zusammengestellt.

•  Applicants are generally expected to be Australian nationals; foreign nationals may be eligible under certain circumstances. You will find more information in our FAQ.

•  As a rule, study beginners cannot be considered for support.

•  Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than fifteen months at the time of application cannot be considered as the scholarships aim to foster exchange.

•  Please keep in mind that the selection process for most scholarships takes a long time, so planning more than one year in advance may be required. Check the info for your chosen scholarship program for details.

•  Applicants must have received their last degree no longer than six years before the application deadline. Ph.D. students must have started their Ph.D. no longer than three years before the application deadline. Applicants with a Ph.D. applying for a research grant of over 6 months must have finished their Ph.D. no more than two years prior to the application deadline. Applicants with a Ph.D. applying for a short stay (up to six months) must have finished their Ph.D. no more than four years prior to the application deadline.

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

•  DAAD scholarship recipients for a stay over 6 months are entitled to a funded language course in Germany of 2 (up to 6) months before beginning their actual studies/research. Alternatively they can participate in DUO (Deutsch-Uni Online, a platform for German language courses) at no cost (registration at
Attending a course is usually very helpful for situations outside the study/research context as well as in making friends. Scholarship recipients who will study or conduct research in English only may also attend a funded language course should they wish to do so. The fact that no knowledge of German is required for their proposed study/research will not diminish their chances of receiving funding for a language course; at the same time, deciding not to participate in a course will have no negative consequences in any way.

•  Scholarship holders attending university courses that are held in German are required to take an initial language test. These may be tests devised by their university (DSH) or a Goethe-Institut test (KDS, GDS) as well as the international and standardised TestDaF (

•  Please note that if you are receiving other funds or scholarship(s) for the period you are applying for, you are obliged to note this on the application form and that these will be taken into account when deciding how much funding you will be granted. In some cases where your current scholarship pays more than the DAAD scholarship, this may mean that you will only receive e.g. a travel allowance or health insurance, but no living allowance. However, you will still be a DAAD scholarship holder and join the ranks of DAAD alumni, including all alumni benefits such as contacts within the DAAD network, invitations to alumni meetings, a special re-invitation program for former one-year scholarship holders and more. 
Please note that receiving any other scholarship from Germany will automatically exclude candidates from being able to apply for a DAAD scholarship.

•  Detailed information on what application papers need to be submitted can be found in our Application Packs. You will find them on the relevant scholarship pages below. For programmes that don't have an application pack yet, links to the relevant forms are provided instead.

•  We have also put together an FAQ with answers to many questions about the application process.

University Winter Courses offered in Germany for foreign Students and Graduates ("Hochschulwinterkurs")

In co-operation with the DAAD, the Universities of Freiburg, Leipzig, Duisburg-Essen and the IIK Duesseldorf offer a "Deutschlandkundlicher Winterkurs" lasting 6 weeks. The program is designed for bachelor, master and PhD students with a sound knowledge of German and some background in German Studies who are interested in improving their language skills and understanding of contemporary affairs.
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Encounter Europe – Visit Germany

In co-operation with the ASKO Europa Stiftung (AES) and other renowned partners in Germany and Australia, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering scholarships for a two-week course dealing with a variety of issues regarding the European Union. Two weeks full of exciting opportunities for students – from the fields of law, politics, international relations, European studies or similar subjects – wanting to improve their
understanding of contemporary European affairs and legislative regulations, organised by the European Academy Otzenhausen, the University of New England and the DAAD.
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Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines

Graduates of all disciplines can apply for a scholarship to complete a postgraduate or Master's degree course at a German higher education institution and to gain a degree in Germany (Master's/Diplom).
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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.
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Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists

These grants aim to provide foreign academics and scientists working in higher education or at research institutes with an opportunity to carry out a research project at a state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute or several host institutions in Germany.
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Re-Invitation Program for Former Scholarship Holders

To maintain contacts, the former DAAD scholarship holders who were funded for a Research Grant or Study Scholarship for a period of over six months as well as scholarship holders who studied in East Germany (GDR) for at least one year can apply for a re-invitation. The stay aims to enable the holder to carry out a research project or another project at a public or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institution or several host institutions.
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Scholarships for Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication, Film, Music, Architecture and Performing Arts

Study scholarships aim to provide foreign applicants from the fields of Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication, Film, Music, Architecture and Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, Musical) with an opportunity to complete a course of extension studies at a state institution of higher education in Germany.
Study visits for academics aim to enable lecturers from the fields of Fine Art, Design, Film, Music and Architecture as well as Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, Musical) to apply for a supported study visit for the purpose of artistic cooperation with a German host institution.
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The following DAAD scholarship programmes are available to applicants from Australia, however they are not managed by the DAAD Australia office. Please refer to the contact information provided for each scholarship programme.

Study Visits to Germany for Groups of Foreign Students

The study visits program aims to help foreign students visiting Germany under the guidance of a lecturer make contacts in their specific academic field and gain a knowledge of Germany.
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DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships

In collaboration with the DAAD, this program by the ‘Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt’ (DLR), Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space, offers outstanding PhD students, scientists and researchers in the fields of aeronautics, space, transportation and energy the opportunity to conduct one to 36 months of research at a DLR institutes in Germany.

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Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

The scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the DAAD and aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes.
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Visiting Lectureships / Professorships Program

The program aims to enable foreign academics on longer term visiting lectureships or professorships to teach at universities in Germany, at the same time acting as important disseminators who enable their German host university to deepen and develop its international relations and who help to encourage foreign students to study in Germany. Teaching in English will be very much appreciated!
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Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships

With the Leibniz DAAD Research Fellowship Program, up to 15 excellent international PhD students and post-docs can conduct research for one year at one of the 86 Institutes of the Leibniz Association.
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RISE worldwide – Get a Research Intern from Germany!

Research groups, laboratories and doctoral students can apply to host a motivated and well-qualified student from Germany as a research intern to assist in research and lab work in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field. Interns receive a DAAD scholarship consisting of a monthly allowance, a travel subsidy as well as health, accident and personal liability insurance.
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Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme

This residential program for international artists of all countries and all ages is one of the most internationally renowned scholarship programs. A jury annually selects approximately 20 international guests.
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Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE)

Two- to three-month paid internship placements for students of the above subjects are arranged by the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).
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German Universities present themselves:

FUBiS is an intensive academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted toward their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks taking place both in summer and winter. Students can choose between subject classes (mostly taught in English) and German language courses. Study visits within Berlin are an integral part of every course.

The Hessen International Summer University (ISU) at Philipps-Universität Marburg is a four-week summer study program, open to all candidates looking to combine their academic studies with an exciting intercultural experience. This year's topic is “Europe and the Middle East in Transition” and includes an intensive German course (also for beginners), seminars in English, credits (up to 9 ECTS), field trips to various destinations in Germany and France and more!

The International Summer University “Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Buildings” at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is a short term program taught in English focused on green buildings and welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world with a background in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Energy Management or related disciplines. 

German Master’s degrees in Energy Engineering, Urban Development and Water Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin Campus El Gouna, Egypt – earn a full Master’s degree by Technische Universität Berlin, entirely taught in English, and spend up to one year in Berlin!

The MA International Business & Intercultural Management (MIBIM) at Hochschule Heilbronn qualifies first-degree graduates for management positions in global organisations. With lectures delivered entirely in English, MIBIM equips future business leaders with the knowledge and methodological, interpersonal and intercultural skills to excel in our rapidly changing business world. No tuition fees!

Tourism is a highly dynamic, continuously expanding and developing field that requires an international and intercultural approach. Delivered entirely in English, the Master Programme in International Tourism Management at Hochschule Heilbronn prepares first-degree graduates for a successful career in this vibrant and dynamic sector. Free tuition!

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