DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships

In brief

Outstanding scientists and researchers can conduct research and PhD students can complete a doctorate in the fields of space, aeronautics, energy, transport, digitalisation and security at an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Who can apply?

International PhD students, postdocs and established researchers with

  • a very good university degree equivalent to a German master’s degree or doctorate in a relevant subject
  • excellent English language skills

Further requirements

The fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each fellowship advertisement
will indicate the specific qualification requirements and terms of the visit.

Type and extent of funding

The fellowship for PhD students is 1,760 euros per month with additional flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance and family allowances. Early career researchers receive a fellowship of 2,400 euros per month and established researchers 2,760 euros per month.


  • 36 months for PhD students
  • 6 to 24 months for early career researchers
  • 1 to 3 months for established researchers


Please visit the DAAD-DLR website for details of fellowships. Available fellowships and application deadlines are listed under “Current offers”. Your application must be submitted online through the DAAD portal. You can access the application portal through the scholarship database. Some documents need to be sent separately by post. For information on how and where to apply, please check the programme website (see link below).

DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships

‘DLR – DAAD Research Fellowships’ is a programme implemented by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Two researchers experimenting with the robot Justin.

DLR job portal

DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Find current DLR vacancies in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security here.

www.dlr.de / Jobs & Careers