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DAAD Scholarship – German Academic Exchange Service Portal

by Anamika Sharma
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DAAD Scholarship is one of the most sought-after scholarships among students around the world. Administered by DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, German Academic Exchange Service, it is the largest funding organisation in the world for the international exchange of students and researchers. DAAD has established a network of regional offices and information centres in the partner countries through which information about DAAD scholarship programmes, grants and bilateral research projects are provided to students of those regions. DAAD India is one such regional office which caters to the students of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

DAAD Scholarship – An Overview

Through its extensive scholarship database, DAAD offers information about a wide range of scholarships and other programmes to students and researchers to choose from. The candidates selected for a DAAD scholarship receive scholarship amount, health insurance, rent subsidies and various other allowances.

Given below is a comprehensive list of DAAD scholarship/fellowships/grants/programmes that Indian students/researchers/academics can apply for. Most of international students apply through DAAD to pursue postgraduate studies abroad.

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List of DAAD Scholarships/Grants/Programmes

S.No. Programme’s Name Application Period
1. Bilateral Exchange of Academics October
2. Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) August to October (Depends on the chosen study programme)
3. DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme NA
4. Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance – PPGG) June to July
5. India IIT Master-Sandwich-Programme (IIT) May
6. MEL – Master of European Law December
7. Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME) May to August
8. Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE) NA
9. Research Grants – Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes October
10. Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany October
11. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Architecture September
12. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music October
13. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of the Performing Arts October
14. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film November
15. University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates December

* The application period mentioned above is tentative and subject to change as per the discretion of the scholarship provider.

DAAD Scholarship – Rewards

The candidates selected for the DAAD scholarships, programmes, grants, fellowships, etc., get financial assistance in the form of tuition fees, living costs, travelling conveyance and several other benefits, though these benefits vary from scheme-to-scheme. The details of the rewards of each of the DAAD scholarship mentioned above are highlighted in the table given below.

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Rewards of DAAD Scholarship

S.No. Programme’s Name Rewards
1. Bilateral Exchange of Academics Under this scheme, assistant teachers, assistant professors and lecturers get a monthly payment of EUR 2000, while professors receive a monthly payment of EUR 2150.
2. Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)
  • Under this scheme, the candidates receive funding based on their academic level. Graduates get a monthly payment of EUR 850 and Doctoral candidates get EUR 1200 per month.
  • Candidates also receive health, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance is also provided.
3. DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme
  • A monthly payment of EUR 1760 which includes flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance and family allowance is given to Doctoral students for a doctorate in Germany.
  • Postdoctoral students receive EUR 2400 per month along with other allowances for research in Germany.
  • Senior scientists get EUR 2760 per month along with other allowances for research in Germany.
4. Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance – PPGG) The candidates get a scholarship amount of EUR 850 per month along with health insurance, travel allowance, study & research subsidy as well as rent subsidies for spouse and children (if applicable).
5. India IIT Master-Sandwich-Programme (IIT)
  • A monthly scholarship amount of EUR 850.
  • Health, accident and liability insurance cover is also provided.
  • 4-6 weeks of German course at the host university is provided.
  • EUR 266 as one-time research allowance.
  • Monthly rent subsidy if applicable.
6. MEL – Master of European Law
  • A monthly scholarship amount of EUR 850 is given to selected graduates.
  • Health, accident and personal liability insurance cover are also provided.
  • Travel allowance, rent subsidy and family allowance (where applicable) are also given.
  • Students also receive study & research subsidy of EUR 460.
  • Also, 2 months of German course in Germany prior to the start of scholarship is provided.
7. Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME) Under this scheme, the funding is provided through a temporary job position at a selected German university for a duration of 18 months. The remuneration is offered as per the prevailing rate for postdoctoral researchers.
8. Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE)
  • The selected interns receive EUR 650 per month.
  • The students also get medical, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
9. Research Grants – Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes
  • The doctoral candidates get a monthly payment of EUR 1200 during their stay in Germany.
  • The candidates also get medical, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance, a one-time research allowance, accommodation expenses and various other benefits.
10. Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany
  • Candidates receive grants as per their academic level. Graduates get EUR 850 per month and doctoral candidates get EUR 1200 per month.
  • The candidates also get medical, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance, a one-time research allowance, accommodation expenses and various other benefits.
11. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Architecture
  • Candidates receive a monthly amount of EUR 850.
  • The candidates also get medical, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance, a one-time study allowance and various other benefits.
12. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music
  • Candidates receive a monthly amount of EUR 850.
  • The candidates also get medical, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance, a one-time study allowance, rent subsidy (under special circumstances) and various other benefits.
13. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of the Performing Arts
  • Candidates receive a monthly amount of EUR 850.
  • The candidates also get medical, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance, a one-time study allowance, rent subsidy (under special circumstances) and various other benefits.
14. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film
  • Candidates receive a monthly amount of EUR 850.
  • The candidates also get medical, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance, a one-time study allowance, rent subsidy (under special circumstances) and various other benefits.
15. University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates
  • A one-time scholarship amount of EUR 950.
  • A travel allowance of EUR 1050 for Indian students.
  • Students also receive health, accident and personal liability insurance cover.

DAAD Scholarship – Eligibility Criteria

Different DAAD scholarships/programmes call for eligibility credentials as per the requirements of each scheme. Given below is the list of eligibility criteria of each of the DAAD scholarship.

Eligibility Requirement of DAAD Scholarship

S.No. Programme’s Name Eligibility Criteria
1. Bilateral Exchange of Academics
  • Under this programme, exchange of scientists and academics is supported by DAAD to improve international relations and bilateral research cooperation.
  • To be eligible for this scheme, candidates must have completed a doctoral degree.
  • The candidates must be working at a university or research institute as academics/scientists.
2. Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)
  • The candidates must have completed graduation from any discipline.
  • The candidates must have acquired professional work experience of at least 2 years.
3. DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme This DAAD Fellowship can be applied by highly-qualified doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists.
4. Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance – PPGG)
  • The candidates who have graduated in the field of social sciences/ political sciences/ law/ economics/ public administration are eligible to apply.
  • The applicants must have obtained first class university degree.
  • The applicants must be interested in contributing to the social and economic development of the home country.
  • Mid-career professionals can also apply for this DAAD scholarship.
5. India IIT Master-Sandwich-Programme (IIT) Under this programme, students must be studying in the 2nd semester of 2-year master’s programme or 4th semester of 3-year of master’s programme or 8th semester of an integrated/dual degree programme from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
6. MEL – Master of European Law The candidates must have passed Bachelor’s Degree in Law with first class.
7. Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)
  • The applicants must have completed their PhD degree prior to the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants must fulfil the scheme’s mobility rule, i.e., they are free to choose any country (except Germany) as the destination for their research stay abroad, provided they have not worked or studied in that country for more than a duration of 12 months during the three years preceding the application deadline.
8. Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE)
  • Those candidates who are pursuing courses in Natural & Technical Sciences, Agriculture & Forestry are eligible to apply.
  • The applicants must be enrolled with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).
9. Research Grants – Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes
  • Highly-qualified doctoral candidates are eligible to apply.
  • Also, graduates who have taken admission in a doctoral programme at the time when they are beginning their grant-supported research are also eligible to apply.
10. Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany
  • Highly-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a master’s degree or diploma can apply.
  • In exceptional cases, candidates with bachelor’s degree are also allowed to apply.
11. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Architecture
  • The applicants must have obtained first class bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Interior Design, Monument Conservation, Urban Planning/Urban Development, Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture or Landscape Planning.
  • The applicants must have a knowledge of the language of instruction which matches the requirements of the chosen university.
12. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music
  • The applicants must have obtained first class university degree in Music, latest by the time of commencement of scholarship-funded study programme.
  • The applicants must have completed their degree no longer than 6 years prior to the application deadline.
  • In case of not having attained a bachelor’s degree in music, the applicants must have at least exhausted all the training options available for their instrument in their country of origin.
  • Also, the applicants must have a knowledge of the language of instruction which matches the requirements of the chosen university.
13. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of the Performing Arts
  • The candidates who have completed their bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts with first class no longer than 6 years before the application deadline are eligible.
  • The applicants must have obtained their degree by the time their scholarship-supported programme starts.
  • The applicants of Drama and Direction must have a good knowledge of the German language.
  • The candidates who have applied in the areas of Musicals, Performance Studies, Dance and Choreography need to have at least basic knowledge of German and a good knowledge of English.
14. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film
  • The candidates who have completed their bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Design, Visual Communication and Film with first class no longer than 6 years before the application deadline are eligible to apply.
  • The applicants must have a knowledge of the language of instruction which matches the requirements of the chosen university.
15. University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates
  • The applicants pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s in any subject area can apply for these summer courses.
  • The bachelor students must have completed their 2 academic years at the start of the programme.
  • The candidates must be at least 18 years old when the funded stay starts.
  • The candidates must be proficient in the German language with a minimum language level of B1.

DAAD Scholarship – Application Procedure

Each of the DAAD scholarship listed in this article has its own application process. Most of the DAAD scholarships need to applied online by the applicants. The table given below tells you about how and where to apply for a particular DAAD scholarship.

Application Process of DAAD Scholarship

S.No. Programme’s Name Application Process
1. Bilateral Exchange of Academics The application for this exchange programme can be applied online through the official DAAD portal. The access to portal opens 6 weeks before the last date of the programme.
2. Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) The applicants can apply by visiting the official DAAD portal and downloading the application form.
3. DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme The applicants can apply online through the official portal of DAAD.
4. Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance – PPGG) To apply for this scholarship, the applicants need to submit the application form to the respective universities only.
5. India IIT Master-Sandwich-Programme (IIT) The applicants can apply online through the official portal of DAAD and also, submit the important documents to the Dean’s office of the home institution.
6. MEL – Master of European Law The applicants need to apply online for the DAAD scholarship through the official portal of DAAD. Also, a copy of ‘Application Summary’ needs to be submitted by post to the Regional Office in New Delhi.
7. Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME) The applicants can apply online for this programme through the official portal of DAAD.
8. Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE) To apply for this internship programmes in Germany, the applicants need to contact the IAESTE national committee of India for application submission.
9. Research Grants – Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes The applicants can apply for DAAD scholarship/ fellowship online through the official portal of DAAD. Also, the ‘Application Summary’ needs to be submitted in PDF form by post to the application address.
10. Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany The application for this programme can be applied online through the official DAAD portal.
11. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Architecture The applicants can apply for this DAAD scholarship through the official DAAD portal and send the additional documents to by post to the specified application address.
12. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music The applicants can apply for this DAAD scholarship through the official DAAD portal and send the additional documents to by post to the specified application address.
13. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of the Performing Arts The applicants can apply for this DAAD scholarship through the official DAAD portal and send the additional documents to by post to the specified application address.
14. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film The applicants can apply for this DAAD scholarship through the official DAAD portal and send the additional documents to by post to the specified application address.
15. University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates The application for the Summer courses can be submitted through the official DAAD portal.

If you wish to apply for other international scholarships, read ‘Fulbright Scholarship: All You Need to Know’ and apply for those schemes which match your credentials.

Also read, ‘Top US Scholarships for Indian Students’ to know about scholarship opportunities to study in the United States.

DAAD Scholarship – FAQ

Q. Is there an age limit for DAAD scholarships?

A.  There is no fixed age limit to apply and avail the DAAD Scholarship.

Q. My university degree or doctorate began longer ago than the application requirements specify. Am I still eligible to apply?

A. Yes, an application may be accepted under the following circumstances, which may have a delaying effect on an academic career:

  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • child care (3 years per child)
  • care of dependent relatives
  • disability or chronic illness
  • long, serious illness
  • compulsory military service

Q.  I’m already in Germany. Am I still eligible to apply?

A. If you have been in Germany for a maximum of 15 months by the time of the application and if the call for applications does not stipulate any other conditions so you can still apply for it.

Q. Do I have to have contacts in Germany when I apply?

A. Yes, if you are carrying out individual research in Germany or wish to continue your education individually, you need an invitation from a German supervisor/professor/faculty. If you are participating in a structured study or doctorate programme, you only need to provide information about your chosen degree course.

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