DAAD: research grants for doctoral candidates

Sector: Education
Type: Grant
Location: Germany
Deadline: Finished
Organiser: DAAD

This is an opportunity for Ukrainian younger scholars to continue their research activities in one of German universities. You will get a monthly stipend and reimbursement of the expenses on round-about tickets, medical insurance, and a one-off study allowance. 

The programme can last between 7 and 12 months. You will start to receive funding from 1 October 2023, and can complete language courses prior to the research programme.

This is one of numerous DAAD opportunities and one of the thousands of the EU opportunities for Ukraine. 

More about the grants

What do I get?
  • A monthly scholarship of EUR 1,200 euros for doctoral candidates, and EUR 861, if you are not yet taking a doctoral degree
  • One-off study allowance you can spend on books, tickets to conferences, etc
  • Travel allowance
  • Health insurance 
  • An online or offline German language course 
  • Reimbursement of TestDaF or DSH examination fees if you take them after you got the scholarship
Can I apply?

This scholarship supports excellently-qualified graduates who:

  • Have completed a Master's degree, or are already taking a doctoral degree 
  • Plan to work on any research project except for human medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry
  • Know the language of instruction of the desired study programme and have a language certificate to prove it
What do I need to apply?
  • Completed application form
  • CV in tabular form — up to 3 pages 
  • Letter of motivation — up to 2 pages 
  • List of publications
  • Detailed description of a research project you want to implement  — up to 10 pages. Please indicate how long you wish to receive funding
  • Confirmation from the academic host in Germany that it will provide you with a workplace
  • University degree certificate indicating final grades 
  • Other documents that might be relevant: proof of placements, etc. 

Note that all documents must be in PDF format. Please provide German or English translations for documents submitted in Ukrainian.

How do I apply?

Apply via DAAD online portal. You can find step-by-step instructions here.

If you have difficulties with the application portal, contact portal@daad.de.

Good to know
  • You should find the academic host in Germany yourself. Choose a state-funded, state-recognised university, or a non-university research institute, which is being carried out in agreement with a supervisor in Germany. 
  • You can get funding for a programme that lasts between 7 and 12 months. The selection committee will determine a funding period individually, taking into account your study plan.
  • You may apply if you completed your Master's degree no later than six years before the application deadline and started your doctorate no later than three years ago.
  • If your scientific research is in the fields of humanities, social sciences and law you should have a good to excellent knowledge of German. For science and engineering disciplines, if a study programme is in English, then a good command of English is required.
  • You may apply for the scholarship if you have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline.
  • In exceptional cases, you can also get a monthly rent subsidy or monthly allowance for accompanying members of a family.

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