DAAD scholarships holders at KIT © DAAD/Jordan

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships in Germany

Are you seeking an opportunity to study, conduct research, or learn German in Germany while receiving financial support? The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers an extensive range of funding opportunities for both German and international students and researchers worldwide. As the largest funding organization of its kind globally, the DAAD supports well over 100,000 individuals annually.

DAAD scholarships primarily target graduates, doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral researchers, providing financial assistance for study and research visits to universities and non-university research institutions in Germany. Additionally, some programs offer funding for internships, enabling practical experience alongside academic pursuits.

Notably, the DAAD awards Research Grants – One-Year Grants for Doctoral Candidates, specifically designed for PhD students from nearly all countries of origin. This grant offers a unique opportunity for doctoral candidates to undertake a full doctoral program in Germany, with a particular focus on applicants from developing and threshold countries, as defined by the OECD-DAC list.

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Whether you aspire to advance your academic journey, contribute to cutting-edge research, or immerse yourself in the German language and culture, the DAAD’s comprehensive funding programs provide a gateway to realizing your aspirations. By supporting a diverse array of scholars and researchers, the DAAD fosters international collaboration, academic excellence, and cross-cultural exchange within the vibrant academic landscape of Germany.

Eligibility Criteria for DAAD Scholarships

  • Applicants from all developing countries are encouraged to apply (check eligible countries list)
  • Must meet specific academic requirements for the chosen program
  • Achieved higher than average results in previous academic exams (top third performance)
  • Proficiency in German or English language skills
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (typically a four-year course) in a relevant subject
  • Last academic degree completed no more than six years before application
  • At least two years of professional experience
  • Demonstrate motivation related to development goals
  • Show commitment to social responsibility
  • Plan to initiate and support change in personal and professional environments post-scholarship

Financial Benefits

  • DAAD Scholarship Monthly Stipend
    • 934 euros will be provided for a master studies
    • 1,300 euros will be provided for doctoral studies
  •  Health, accident, and personal liability insurance payments will be provided.
  • Travel Allowance.
  • Free tuition fee

Depending on scholarship programme, here are also additional benefits such as:

  • A one-off research allowance,
  • Family benefits
  • or funds for language courses.

The benefits offered by the respective scholarship programme are described in the call for applications in the scholarship database.


The application deadline to apply for the DAAD Scholarships in Germany is on 4th November 2024.

You can also see more details on the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships here.

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