DAAD North America: Short-Term Research Grants

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD)

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Next anticipated deadline: Nov 4, 2020 2:00pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: May 1, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: €850 - €7,200

Fields of work: All fields of work

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 4 years of receiving their PhD

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NOTE: Application deadline depends on the start date of your stay. See here for details.

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

Short-Term Research Grants

Short-Term Research Grants are awarded for 1-6 months 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, or those who have already completed a PhD (postdocs).

Applications for short-term research grants are accepted twice annually, usually in November and May.

Terms of Award

Monthly stipends are approximately

  • EUR 850 for graduate students
  • EUR 1,200 for doctoral students and postdocs.

DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

  • Please note that DAAD scholarship recipients are not permitted to receive supplementary funding through any other German funding body.
  • Supplementary funding from a non-German funding body may in some cases be permitted. However, they would then be treated as additional earnings, i.e. grants exceeding the tax-free income level in Germany (currently EUR 450 per month) would be deducted from the DAAD scholarship, unless the grant payments will be put on hold for the duration of your DAAD scholarship.

Funding Period

Short-term grants (1-6 months) with the November deadline must be started between six and 12 months after the application deadline.

Short-term grants with the May deadline must be started between four and 12 months after the application deadline.

Please note that due to administrative reasons the short-term grant can only start on the 1st of a month.

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


  • Who can apply?
    • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
    • Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada
      • must have been living in the US/Canada for a minimum of one year and
      • have their current residence in the US/Canada by the time of the application deadline.
    • All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
  • For doctoral students enrolled in a program in the US/Canada:
    • no more than 3 years should have passed (at the time of application) since receiving ABD status
  • For postdocs:
    • no more than 4 years should have passed at the time of application deadline since gaining their doctorate
  • If you are a German national, you must have been residing in the US/Canada for 6 continuous years at the time of the application deadline. 


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

This page was last reviewed May 02, 2020 and last updated May 02, 2020