DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships in the fields of Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research

‘DLR – DAAD Research Fellowships’ is a new programme implemented by the ‘German Aerospace Center’ (DLR) and the ‘German Academic Exchange Service’ (DAAD). The fellowships can be pursued only at a DLR institute.

DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany´s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility for the forward planning and the implementation of the German space programme by the German federal government as well as for the international representation of German interests. Approximately 8,300 people plus ca. 400 international visiting scientists are employed in DLR´s 40 institutes and facilities at 20 locations in Germany.

This special programme is intended for highly-qualified foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists from the fields of Aeronautics, Space, Transportation, and Energy. DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer outstanding scientists and researchers the opportunity to conduct special research at the institutes of the DLR in Germany.
Please note that within the DLR-DAAD programme, you can apply only for a DLR institute, not for a university or any other institution.

DLR-DAAD Fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each Fellowship announcement will indicate the specific qualification requirements and terms of the visit. The current offers are published under DLR-DAAD Fellowships - Current Offers on the homepages of the DAAD and the DLR.

Fellowship Types and Duration


Target Group

Fellowship Goal

Funding Duration


Doctoral Students

Doctorate in Germany

36 months


Postdoctoral Students

Research in Germany

6 to 24 months


Senior Scientists

Research in Germany

1 to 3 months

Fellowships are always awarded for the length of the research stay in Germany. The host DLR institute and the fellowship candidate will agree upon the length of this term.

Fellowship Value (as of 1.1.2019)


Monthly Instalment

Possible Additional Payments


1,760 Euros

e.g. flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance, family allowances


2,400 Euros



2,760 Euros


Application Requirements

At the time of their application, applicants for a DLR-DAAD Fellowship must

  • be able to prove their outstanding study or research achievements, 
  • Type A: have completed their studies or research with a university degree,
  • Type B: have completed their studies with a doctorate/PhD/Candidate (Russia),
  • Type C: applicants must be working in higher education or at a research institute; positions are open to outstandingly-qualified academics and scientists who should generally hold a doctorate/ Ph.D.,
  • have an excellent knowledge of English, please provide evidence of this through the submission of appropriate language certificates (e.g. TOEFL: 550/217); a knowledge of German is advantageous,
  • have completed their last degree in the last six years (Type A) or have completed their doctorate in the last two years (Type B) or assessed individually according to prerequisites (Type C),
  • not be of German nationality. 


The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD online portal. Furthermore, your referees should send the hardcopies of the letters of recommendation to the application address by post

Important Notice

By applying for a fellowship within the DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships Programme you give your consent to the DAAD to forward your documents and your personal details to DLR and its relevant institutions. The DAAD and the DLR will not pass on your details to third parties.


Section ST43
German Academic Exchange Service
Postfach 200404
D-53134 Germany

E-mail: dlr-daad-program@daad.de

Further information

Stand: 17.12.2018