DAAD North America: Research Grants – One-Year Grants

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD)

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Grant amount: €5,950 - €12,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 5, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, United States

Must travel to: Germany

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 2 years of receiving their PhD

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Overview:

DAAD One-Year Research Grants (7-10 months)

Research Grants – One-Year Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master's degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant supported research.

Duration of Funding

7 months to usually 10 months; the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule.

The grant is non-renewable.

  • Value of Grant
  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 
    • euros 850.- for graduates,
    • euros 1,200.- for doctoral candidates
  • 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
  • Under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive the following additional benefits:
    • monthly rent subsidy
    • monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers the following services:

  • Payment of course fees for the online language course "Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)" (www.deutsch-uni.com) 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
  • As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.

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

Eligibility:

  • Who can apply?
    • Excellently-qualified doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.
  • What can be funded:
    • A research project or course of continuing education at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany or a non-university research institute, which is being carried out in coordination with an academic adviser in Germany.
  • 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.
    • As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the application deadline. Doctoral candidates should not have started their doctoral degree any longer than three years previously.
    • For doctoral students enrolled in a program in the US/Canada: no more than 3 years should have passed since receiving ABD status
  • Good German language skills – especially for students taking arts subjects – are usually a requirement for studying in Germany. Exceptions are possible if scholarship holders are participating in programme which is taught in English.

Ineligibility:

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