90 Years DAAD

Thomas Pankau/DAAD

WE CELEBRATE! Nine decades of successful Change by Exchange

In 1922, a student from Heidelberg visited the United States and organised scholarships for fellow students in New York. It was a project that resulted in the foundation of the DAAD in 1925. In 2015, the DAAD celebrated its 90th anniversary, together with more than 900 colleagues and partners around the world.

Festive evening with numerous guests in Berlin

Jacek Ruta

On the occasion of its 90th anniversary, the DAAD hosted a festive evening event at the Berlin Academy of Arts on the 17th of June, 2015. Amongst the guests were high-ranking representatives from politics and science, as well as numerous scholarship holders, alumni and partner organisations of the DAAD.

Chronicle – The DAAD from the beginning


Based on an initiative of a student the DAAD was officially founded in 1925. Up to now it has grown to the world´s largest funding organisation for academic exchange. Please find below the most important cornerstones of its history.

Focusing the 90th anniversary of the DAAD

Dimitri Vervitsiotis/Photographer’s Choice

LETTER, the magazine for DAAD alumni, gives insights into the world of science and culture and reports about Germany and the DAAD alumni network. On the occasion of the 90th anniversary LETTER issue 01/2015 was dedicated to the history of the DAAD and the vitae of prominent alumni. Read the issue 01/2015 here.

VIP Gallery

Ulf Dieter

Since its foundation 90 years ago, the DAAD has supported more than 2 million academics in Germany and abroad. In 2014 alone, the DAAD provided funding for over 121,000 persons, 73,000 of these in Germany and 48,000 abroad. Some well-known DAAD alumni will be introduced here.

The DAAD Network of Regional Offices and Information Centres

Besides the Head office in Bonn and the Berlin Office the DAAD network consists of 15 regional offices and 56 information centres. They represent the DAAD throughout the world and are contact points for the local partners. Please find here more information about the DAAD network.

DAAD Alumni


The DAAD supports students and researchers not only during their residence in Germany and abroad, but also after their stay. Have a look at the funding opportunities for alumni, which extends from the funding of conference participation up to placement support.


The DAAD presence in Social Networks

As the DAAD wants to stay in contact with its scholarship holders, students and researchers around the world, it is active in social networks. Visit the DAAD