DAAD North America: Cotutelle Doctoral Research Grants Programmes

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD)

Grant amount: Up to €18,000

Deadline: Nov 5, 2018

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, United States

Must travel to: Germany

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DAAD research grants provide foreign doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research or continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

The aim of this programme is to promote binational doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called "cotutelle" procedure. The prerequisite is an individual agreement between the participating universities about the doctoral programme which is to be supervised.

Duration of the funding

  • Maximum of 18 months; the grant may also be used within the framework of several shorter stays within a period of three consecutive years. The length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule

  • Applicants should outline how they plan to divide their time between Germany and the home university in a work and time schedule in their application.

  • Grants are initially awarded for a maximum of twelve months. Extensions depend on achievements rendered in the first year.

  • During stays at their home university, the grant is interrupted.


  • Monthly payments for doctoral candidates during the stay in Germany: 1,000 euros

  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

  • One-off research allowance

  • Travel and accommodation expenses according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law for supervising university teachers for one trip of up to 10 days

    •  undertaken by the foreign university teacher to Germany to monitor progress
    • undertaken by the German university teacher to the home university of the scholarship holder to take part in final examinations.
    • The nature of the trips should be specified in the work and time schedule submitted with the application.

    Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing uninterrupted stays of over 6 months in Germany may receive the following additional benefits:

    • monthly rent subsidy

    • monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

    You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


    • Excellently-qualified doctoral candidates and graduates who have admission to a doctoral programme at the time they begin their grant-supported research.
    • If you are not a citizen of the United States or Canada, you must have obtained your last degree in the US/Canada
    • As a rule, applicants should have taken their final examinations no longer than six years before the application deadline.
    • What can be funded? 
      • Research periods at a state or state-recognised university in Germany for the purpose of writing a doctoral thesis, which is supervised and completed in two countries (cotutelle procedure); after the degree is successfully completed, the German university and partner institution abroad usually award the doctoral degree jointly.


    • The most important selection criteria:
      • a convincing and well-planned research project or course of continuing education
      • academic achievements


    • Applicants who have been a resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.