Finding Scholarships

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

Please note:
The usage of the application portal is possible only to a limited extent with mobile devices. Please use your desktop computer. Technical requirements

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A print version of this announcement (PDF) is available in the further tabs (e.g. “Application requirements”).

The programme aims to support the further internationalisation of the German science and research.

Who can apply?

Recent international postdocs who have completed their studies with a PhD or equivalent qualification no more than two years ago. Applicants must neither hold German nationality nor have resided in Germany for the last 6 months before the application deadline.

What can be funded?

Leibniz-DAAD fellowships offer highly-qualified, international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently completed their doctoral studies, the opportunity to conduct research at the Leibniz institute of their choice in Germany. Leibniz-DAAD research fellows can undertake their research at the 91 Leibniz institutes listed in the following links:

Please note: The complete Call for Applications can be found at


  • Applicants should be able to prove their outstanding academic or research achievements.
  • The research project proposal must match the selected Leibniz institute. Projects that do not correspond with the activities of the chosen institute will not be considered.

Currently you cannot apply for this programme. The next call for applications will probably be announced in January 2018.

What requirements must be met?


  • should be able to prove their outstanding academic or research achievements;
  • have completed their studies with a PhD or equivalent qualification; no more than two years should have passed since the thesis defence/viva voce, so that only PhD graduates who completed their thesis between January 1, 2015 and March 9, 2017 will be eligible to apply for a Leibniz-DAAD research fellowship for 2017/18; there will be a grace period till May 31, 2017 for those who have completed their thesis but not yet their defence/viva voce.
At the time of application, applicants for a Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship must neither hold German nationality nor have resided in Germany for more than six months before the application deadline.

Language skills

  • Applicants should have excellent knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of German is welcome.

Application documents

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. You are also requested to send some of the documents by post to the application address.
1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form;
  • Cover page
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • List of publications;
  • Description of the research project (max. 3 pages);
  • Detailed timeline (max. 1 page);
  • Abstract of the doctoral thesis (max. 3 pages);
  • Copies of the Master degree certificate
  • PhD diploma
  • University certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s) of the Master and the PhD studies (transcripts of records), incl. explanation of grading System
  • Officially recognised English language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or confirmation of the English language skills by a university teacher of the applicant´s own choice. This does not apply to applicants whose mother tongue is English.
Certificates, proofs of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD's Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded.

2. To be submitted by post
  • Two recent references by two referees (senior academic) which provide information about your qualifications. Please regard the instructions given on the tab “Submitting an application“.The referees can send the reference letters by mail to the application address directly.

Application deadline

13 March 2017

Application location

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Oliver Reinken
Section ST43
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Information and advisory centres

Mr. Oliver Reinken
Section ST43
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references (if necessary according to the call for proposals, see "Application procedure")
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you in a sealed envelope. In each case, please provide your referee with the application address thus enabling him/her to send the recommendation letter there direct.

Please note that the form for completion by a referee can only be generated during the application period (from about 6 weeks before the application deadline).
Please generate one form for each referee.

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices (except references and any work samples which you might have to submit) to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

4. Sending application documents by post
  • Submit the required references (in sealed envelopes) by post.

Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. "Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples (no commercial goods)".

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-888 or via e-mail, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Please consider this when you are planning your application.


Status: Postdoctoral researchers
Country of Origin:
Only specified

The scholarship for this programme is restricted to certain countries of origin. You can find an explanation for this on the details page of the scholarship programme under the application requirements.

Only specified

Restricted to the following disciplines:

  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
  • Engineering
  • Art, Music, Sport
Further application requirements »