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Norbert Hüttermann/DAAD

The DAAD wishes to stay in contact with its former scholarship holders. The conclusion of a DAAD scholarship marks the beginning of an active, long-term cooperative partnership between the DAAD and its alumni, cultivated in alumni associations around the world.

Members of alumni clubs are particularly important contacts for the DAAD, because they often hold important positions as specialists and professionals in their respective countries.Their knowledge and understanding of two education and social systems makes them into experts on all questions relating to exchange between the host and home country. An alumni club close to you will be able to provide a list of all the DAAD alumni clubs.

The same goes for the alumni clubs created by German DAAD alumni, which formed as a result of the continuing development of various special DAAD programmes. The DAAD-Freundeskreis (Friends of the DAAD) is the cross-disciplinary, cross-border alumni organisation for former German DAAD scholarship holders.

Why we want to work together with the alumni clubs.

The DAAD aims to:

  • Sustain and support the educational effect achieved through the clubs' activities and ensure that alumni are kept up to date with developments in Germany
  • Enlist experts for the regional pre-selection rounds
  • Recruit high-performing foreign students for Germany's universities and higher education institutions
  • Support and advise German students abroad
  • Secure support and assistance when raising scholarships and third-party funding

The Alumni Calendar will tell you more about the latest events, including those organised by the alumni clubs.

Funding opportunities and establishing alumni clubs

The Alumni Clubs are independent organisations and are autonomous in how they manage their affairs, their constitution and their specific objectives. The DAAD supports the work of the clubs. It provides grants and subsidies for specialist events (PDF, 0.2 MB), for researching data, for publications and for each club's own resources (DOC, 0.3 MB). This support is conditional to some of the members being former DAAD scholarship holders and to the club being recognised under national law.

If you would like to establish your own DAAD alumni club, we can also support you in this. For details on all these opportunities, please read our Information Sheet (PDF, 0.2 MB) as well as the application forms for events grants (DOC, 0.3 MB) and for establishing a club (DOC, 0.4 MB).

Please provide with the latest details on your club, such as any changes of address, or if you have a new contact person. Only then will we be able to keep you up-to-date with our information and services, such our newsletters or the alumni magazine DAAD Letter. Please complete the appropriate form (DOC, 0.4 MB) and send it to the given address.

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