Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience
DAAD / Volker Lannert
Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)
In 2014 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) initiated the programme "Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience" (PRIME) to support the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. The programme has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union (EU/FP7/Marie Curie Actions/COFUND). Funding is provided for 18 months, in which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period.
After completing three PRIME application/selection cycles, DAAD has commissioned an intermediate programme evaluation in December 2016. The evaluators’ final report has been adopted by the DAAD Directorate in July 2017. We thank all stakeholders for their important contribution to the evaluation process through participating in personal interviews or online surveys. You will find the evaluation results and the evaluators’ recommendations in the executive summary:
This is the schedule for the next application/selection cycle:
Announcement of the call: May 2019
Application deadline: August 2019
Selection: February 2020
Earliest starting date: approx.1 April 2020
We keep last year's call available online for your information:
Call for applications 2018 (German)
Call for applications 2018 (English)
The application form will be available at the application portal. To get to the portal please click on Stipendiendatenbank für Deutsche, fill in Fachrichtung (subject of your research), Zielland (country of the period abroad) and Status "Promovierte" (position), and select the programme.
Please mind the instructions on registering on the portal, choose English as portal language, activate, if necessary, the compatibility view of your browser and choose English as browser language. After registration in the portal, please click on the tab "personal funding".
Please note that the selection committee will only consider applications that are complete and submitted prior to the given deadline.
Information for applicants/FAQs
Choosing the host institutions
The contact to the envisaged foreign host and to the German university must be established by the applicant. To get an overview of recent research topics and international cooperations of German Universities, we recommend GERiT – German Research Institutions, a service provided by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and DAAD.
Hereafter please find a list of German universities, listed in alphabetical order, which have already nominated a contact person for the P.R.I.M.E. programme:
Please be aware that other German universities that did not specifically nominate a contact person are equally eligible as host institution for a PRIME fellowship.
Information for the German host university
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
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