Alumni activities

For the DAAD, the end of a scholarship marks the beginning of a long-term relationship with its alumni. Our aim is to foster connections among alumni and between the DAAD and alumni. We do this through a range of measures, from helping to set up alumni clubs to offering various funding programmes and activities. Some of the support options for foreign alumni are intended for former one-year scholarship holders, while others are aimed at German universities to enable them to provide follow-up assistance for their international alumni. The DAAD also holds subject-specific and interdisciplinary alumni meetings in different countries every year, and provides financial support for smaller events organised by alumni themselves.

The DAAD Alumni Concept - Goals and Focuses

The DAAD regards its alumni as long-term partners. Their networks are to be both regionally anchored and to pursue impactful cross-border projects, support international cooperation by German universities and foreign science policy programmes and generate own impulses for collaboration.

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Service Area for Alumni


The Service Area offers a range of services for German and foreign DAAD alumni. These include specialist literature, the DAAD alumni magazine LETTER and the newsletter.


Alumni clubs


More than 160 clubs in over 98 countries promote communication between former scholarship holders and help them keep in touch with their host institutions and the DAAD.


Funding programmes for foreign alumni

DAAD/Norbert Hüttermann

Our alumni programmes provide ongoing support to former DAAD scholarship holders and offer them various funding opportunities within the global DAAD alumni network.




DAAD alumni organise an extensive programme of cultural and social activities throughout Germany for foreign scholarship holders and former scholarship holders. Highlights include excursions to Berlin and the “Deutschland hautnah – Germany behind the scenes” programme.


Support and follow-up assistance for international students and doctoral candidates

DAAD/Norbert Hüttermann

The DAAD supports German universities by offering suitable programmes and initiatives to strengthen international alumni’s ties to German universities and to Germany as a whole.