1-6-Month Research Grant for PhD Students, Postdocs, and Junior Academics
As the CLOSING DATE for applications falls on Easter Monday, when the office is closed, we accept applications by Thursday, 4th April. Applications should reach us by 5pm on 4th April at the latest.
A limited number of short-term research grants are available to academics in Britain and Ireland to carry out research at universities, research institutes, libraries and archives in Germany. Applicants are expected to establish contact with and secure access to the respective institution(s) prior to their DAAD application and make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please note that there are no funds available for attendance at conferences.
The grants are for short-term visits of one to six months. The research visit may be split into two parts if necessary, however, in such cases no extra travel allowance can be granted. (For details on long-term research grants of 7-10 months duration please contact: email@example.com and note the different application deadline.)
There are two deadlines per year:
01 October (for visits commencing between January and June the following year)
01 April (for visits commencing between July and December the same year)
The grants are open to:
· well-advanced PhD students (i.e. to those who have already completed at least one year's research at the time of application)
· postdoctoral researchers (provided that their PhD was completed no longer than 4 years ago at the time of application)
· lecturers at the start of their university career
Please note that students registered for the degrees of MA, MSc and MPhil cannot be considered until they have been upgraded to PhD registration.
Applicants of all nationalities may apply, provided that the applicant is either currently enrolled at a British/Irish university or has graduated from a British/Irish university no longer than two years ago and is still resident in the UK/Ireland.
German nationals should have been in Britain or Ireland for at least six continuous years. Please contact the DAAD London Office to ensure you are eligible.
All applicants should be able to show that they possess the appropriate level of German to carry out their proposed research.
A second application for a research grant can only be considered after a period of at least one year since the previous grant.
doctoral students: no more than 3 years should normally have passed (at the time of application) since starting their doctorate
the applicant's academic performance
quality of research proposal
appropriate language skills (if applicable / however no formal language test is required)
The grant comprises a monthly allowance of €1000, an initial extra payment towards travel expenses, and an accident/personal liability insurance policy for the duration of the visit.
Please note that any supplementary grants which exceed the tax-free income level in Germany (currently € 400 per month) will have to be deducted from your DAAD scholarship, unless the grant payments will be put on hold for the time of your DAAD scholarship.
The applications will be presented to a selection committee, which meets twice a year at the DAAD London Office to propose successful candidates for an award. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications about six weeks after the closing date. Successful candidates, however, will then have to wait for confirmation from DAAD head office in Bonn.
Applicants are required to:
Enter their details into our online application form (please see details below).
Print out and sign the completed form.
Send the form, together with the supporting documents (outlined below), by the specified deadline to the DAAD London Office (see contact details at the bottom of this page).
Please ignore the (ample) instructions on page 4 and 5 of the application form. Applicants from the UK / Ireland are only required to hand in one copy of the following supporting documents for a 1-6-month research grant:
A detailed curriculum vitae and list of publications, in English or German
Two completed DAAD reference forms . They should be completed by tutors/lecturers who teach the applicant's special subject(s).
A detailed description of the research project to be undertaken in Germany, including reasons for the importance of such a visit, in English or German
Photocopies of degree certificates - these should be authenticated as being a true copy of the original, i.e. stamped, signed and dated by a university (either the original university or your current university) or by the DAAD
Copies of correspondence with German colleagues confirming the arrangements for the proposed visit (this may be in the form of a letter or an email). Please make sure you enclose the full postal address of each of the German host institutions.
Please check that applications submitted are complete. Please also ensure that you have entered all degrees and academic honours received (including grades obtained), and that you have stated the precise dates of your proposed visit.
If you are a PhD candidate, please give an indication of how advanced you are in your research, i.e. an estimation of when you plan to submit your doctoral thesis.
Information and advice on the online application form
Please note that your application can be saved only when the form has been fully completed. This means that you cannot save a partially completed form and continue working on it at a later point in time. The entire form must be completed in one session. Please also note that the portal will close if you do not enter any details for more than one hour! Thus we therefore strongly recommend you first look through all of the questions and collect any documents you may need for answering them (e.g. curriculum vitae, academic certificates etc.) before you start entering your details.
Once you have submitted the completed application form online (after pressing the button "send”), your details will initially be saved on a special server in a secure environment. Only when the DAAD London Office has received your full set of written documents and papers, will your data be accessed and so will only then become available in electronic format.
Your data will be stored and processed in accordance with the provisions of the German Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz).
Please remember to print out and sign your completed application form and to submit it with your supplementary documents to the DAAD London Office. Please note that applications cannot be submitted directly to the DAAD Head Office in Bonn.
You will need Acrobat Reader to be able to print out the form. If you have not yet installed this program on your computer, please download Acrobat Reader and install it before you start your application.
Are you ready? Then click on online application form to start entering your data and details.
Ms Cécile Reese
DAAD London Office
1 Southampton Place
London WC1A 2DA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 9511
Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 8575