Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


In brief

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.


Who can apply?

PhD students with

  • an excellent university degree equivalent to a German Master’s degree
  • a convincing and well-planned research project or course of continuing education

Further requirements

The doctorate must have been begun within the last 3 years.


Type and extent of funding

Grant of 861 to 1,200 euros per month (depending on qualifications) plus additional allowances, such as health, accident and personal liability insurance contributions, a possible travel subsidy, a research allowance and language course.



Up to 4 years.



Applications 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. Application details vary from country to country. For country-specific information on addresses and deadlines please check the programme website.