The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the organisation of German universities and their student bodies devoted to internationalising the academic and scientific research system. DAAD scholarship programmes enable students, researchers and teaching staff to take advantage of the best study and research opportunities available.
The DAAD promotes transnational cooperation and university partnerships, and is the German national agency for EU higher education cooperation. Consequently, the DAAD supports Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy goals, national scientific policies and development cooperation efforts and fosters the internationalisation of German higher education institutions.
The DAAD operates a network of 69 regional offices and information centres/points worldwide. Since it was established in 1925, the DAAD has supported over 2.6 million scholars in Germany and throughout the world.
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The DAAD maintains the DAAD Head Office in Bonn and runs a Berlin Office
Funding for more than 85,000 German and 60,000 international scholars around the world (2019)
Total number of beneficiaries of support since 1950: 1,060,000 international students and researchers; 1,545,000 scholars from Germany
Global network of 5 German Centres for Research and Innovation, 5 Centres of Excellence in Research and Teaching, 17 regional offices, 20 Centres for German and European Studies, 52 information centres and information points, 161 alumni associations and 426 lectureships
Annual budget: 594 million euros (2019)
The DAAD budget (2019: 594 million euros) derives largely from federal funds provided by various ministries. The following ministries contribute to its administrative, project and programme budget:
The rest of the budget comes from the European Union (EU) (26%) and other sources.
International PhD students can realise a doctoral project (individually or in a structured programme) at a state or state-recognised German university or non-university research institution.
The aim of this programme is to support doctoral degrees at the home university with integrated research phases in Germany.
International doctoral candidates and young scholars or researchers can realise a research or training project at a state or state-recognised German university or non-university research institution.
This programme enables students in the fields of natural sciences, engineering or computer science from North America, Great Britain or Ireland to gain serious practical experience in a German company or research institution with strong industry ties.
Outstanding doctoral students, scientists and researchers can complete a doctorate or conduct special research at an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
The programme supports research and study visits up to three months within the framework of the bilateral exchange of scientists and scholars.
This programme is aimed at former DAAD or GDR scholarship holders. Funding is provided for research and work projects at a state-run or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute.
International university teachers and researchers can conduct a short-term research stay at a state-run or state-recognised university or non-university research institute in Germany.