DAAD North America: Research Grants - Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees / Cotutelle

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD)

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Grant amount: Up to €18,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 4, 2020

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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Overview:

Overview

The aim of this programme is the funding of bi-national doctoral projects at the home university and at a university in Germany.

The programme offers two options:

Option a) Doctorate with bi-national supervision: The doctoral project is supervised both by a university teacher at the home university and an academic adviser at the host institute in Germany (so-called "sandwich model"). The project must be coordinated with both supervisors. Based on this flexible, multi-phase funding system, doctoral candidates start their doctoral degree in their home country but subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctorate is completed in the home country with participation of the German academic adviser; the doctoral degree is awarded by the home university.

Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure: Funding of bi-national doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called "Cotutelle" procedure. The prerequisite is an individual cooperation contract between the participating universities about the doctoral project which is to be supervised. After successful completion of the doctorate, the German university and the foreign partner university award a doctoral degree together.

Duration of the funding

Total maximum 2 years

For both options the following applies:

  • The grant may also be used within the framework of several shorter stays. 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 and possibly specify plans to visit a third country (e.g. for the purpose of collecting material) in a work and time schedule in their application.
  • During stays at their home university, the grant is interrupted.
  • Option a) Bi-national supervision following the “sandwich model”: Grants are initially awarded for up to 12 months. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.
  • Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure: Grants are initially awarded for up to 18 months; there is the possibility for a one-off study completion grant for up to 6 months.

Value

  • Monthly payments for doctoral candidates during the stay in Germany: 1,200 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 an uninterrupted stay 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.

Eligibility:

  • Who can apply?
    • Depending on the nature of the project:
      • Bi-national supervision following the “sandwich model”: Applicants who have completed a Master's degree or Diplom (in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree) at the latest at the beginning of their scholarship.
      • “Cotutelle” procedure: Applicants who have admission to a doctoral programme at the latest at the beginning of their scholarship.
  • What can be funded?
    • Option a) Doctorate with bi-national supervision following the “sandwich model”: Research stays at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany as part of a doctoral programme in the home country. 
    • Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure: Research stays at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education for the preparation of a doctoral thesis, which is supervised and carried out bi-nationally on the basis of an individually concluded cooperation contract.
  • Eligible Applicants:
    • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents
    • Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada and by the time of application deadline have gained their last degree in the US/Canada or will be gaining it before the beginning of their funding period.
    • No more than six years should pass between the final examinations and the application deadline. Doctoral candidates should not have started their doctoral degree any longer than three years previously.
    • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.
  • Language skills
    • Applicants must be able to prove they have a basic knowledge of German at the time of their application.
    • DAAD Language Evaluation Form (Sprachnachweis):
      • If you have any knowledge of German, submit this document signed by a faculty member (professor or teaching assistant) of the German Department at your institution.
      • If you have no knowledge of German and your study language in Germany is English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your study language is English, and write at the top "No knowledge of German." (Please note that German is not a requirement).

Preferences:

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

Ineligibility:

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