Information on the Corona virus - as of 14/05/2020

The DAAD continues to follow the developments on the coronavirus and adapts its activities flexibly to changing situations. In affected areas, we are in contact with the scholarship holders, their relatives and employees in order to provide them with the best possible support.

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In order to counteract the spread of the coronavirus, the DAAD has decided to react to the dynamic situation by making the following adjustments to its funding business. The protection of funding recipients, partners and employees is a priority.

Please note that the situation is constantly changing and make use of the continuously updated information from the authorities, in particular the (in German) as well as the respective travel information from the Federal Foreign Office. The authorities are in constant exchange and continuously evaluate current developments.

Information for German DAAD scholarship holders and applicants

Return journey

The Federal Foreign Office has issued a  (in German) to which we would like to draw the attention of all our scholarship holders.

At this point we would like to renew our offer to return to Germany at the expense of the DAAD. Please consider in your decision that the number of regular travel connections is rapidly decreasing and at the same time the travel restrictions imposed are increasing worldwide. The number of infected persons continues to rise sharply locally and regionally and will place a heavy burden on the local health systems. In addition to considering local health care, you should also consider the political stability and general security situation in your host country when making your decision. Please also bear in mind that the situation in individual countries is currently developing very dynamically and unpredictably.

We ask our scholarship holders to make sure that they have entered their names in the crisis prevention list so that they can be promptly informed about current plans of the missions abroad. We strongly recommend that you also note down the emergency number, which can be found on the website of the German foreign representation, and that you also check the website of the embassy for further contact details. The Federal Foreign Office offers a FAQ website on the worldwide travel warning  (in German).

Please follow the instructions of the local authorities and inform yourself continuously if or when return flights are possible.

We would like to ask our scholarship holders who are now back in Germany to temporarily remove themselves from the crisis prevention list of the Federal Foreign Office. Due to the general travel warning of the Federal Foreign Office and the proclamation of crisis level 2a, return travel to the host country is to be refrained from until further notice.
You can find an overview of the DAAD's financial benefits in the Corona crisis (in German).

News about planned scholarship selection meetings

All DAAD scholarship selection meetings with a personal introduction will be suspended until further notice. Applications for current calls for the winter semester will continue to be accepted and processed, commission meetings will be held partly by video conference or decisions will be made on the basis of the written documents.

Due to the current decisions, it is necessary to stagger and thus postpone individual selection decisions. We ask for your understanding for somewhat longer procedures.  

Information on individual programmes

  • Lehramt International: Applications for internships at German schools abroad and partner schools are still accepted. The start of the scholarship will probably be delayed.
  • Scholarships abroad, especially long-term scholarships: The start of the scholarship must be postponed due to the situation.

Unfortunately, we will have to suspend individual programmes completely in spring/summer 2020. These are:

  • RISE / WISE internship programmes: Unfortunately, no internships can take place in spring/summer 2020. Commitments already made will be treated with priority in 2021, but unfortunately there is no guarantee for the same place.
  • IAESTE: The placement of internships within the IAESTE programme is also suspended until further notice.
  • Kongress- und Vortragsreisen: No new applications are currently being accepted. The programme is suspended until further notice.

The following applies to all programmes until further notice: Applications can be
submitted without a reference letter.

Information for international scholarship holders and applicants

Support for scholarship holders whose scholarship has expired and who are unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions may be extended under certain conditions. You can find an overview of the DAAD's financial support for foreign scholarship holders in the Corona crisis .
We regret to inform scholarship holders who intend to take up a DAAD scholarship for a study or research stay in Germany in the near future that the start of the scholarship in Germany has to be postponed as it is not possible to enter Germany until further notice. In view of the Corona crisis, many universities have temporarily suspended their presence teaching and switched to online teaching.

Information on individual programmes:

  • IAESTE: Applications for internships will continue to be accepted. Internships are expected to be available from September at the earliest and only with reservations.

The following applies to all programmes until further notice: Applications can be
submitted without a reference letter.

We regret having to completely suspend individual programmes in spring/summer 2020. These are:

University Summer Courses: All university summer courses for summer 2020 have to be cancelled. For the time being, no further commitments will be made.

RISE / WISE internship programmes: Unfortunately, no internships can take place in spring/summer 2020. Commitments already made will be given priority in 2021, but unfortu-nately there is no guarantee for the same childcare place.

Information for ERASMUS grant holders

For Erasmus students, the EU Commission has announced that in the event of changes in travel plans (return, cancellation), costs can be reimbursed up to the amount of the total scholarship agreed upon in advance. As most universities in the Erasmus area are closed, we ask all Erasmus students to contact their home university.

The National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation has two lists of (in German) for students and higher education institutions on coronavirus and Erasmus+.

Information for universities

The DAAD asks its member universities and project leaders to cancel all DAAD-funded trips from abroad to Germany until further notice. Likewise, there should be no more trips abroad. The DAAD is aware that cancellation costs are unavoidable.

The DAAD will generally endeavour to find accommodating arrangements for the projects funded. We recommend our member universities and project leaders to find out whether projects or stays can be postponed or, if necessary, replaced by virtual formats.

The central tendering run on 1 April remains in place furthermore, whereby the application deadlines may be adapted to the situation or further development of the corona pandemic (COVID-19 for short).

Information for project leaders on how to deal with the effects of the Corona crisis on project funding will be available (in German).

Information about the Erasmus+ programme and the corona virus can be found (in German).

General information

As a matter of principle, we advise against all non-essential travel.

The DAAD has cancelled all business trips and events in Germany. Our offices abroad also react dynamically to the respective situation on site.

In addition, the following sources of information can be used for an assessment:

  • In consequence of the pandemic spread of COVID-19 the risk of infection can be assumed worldwide. Due to different surveillance systems and test strategies as well as a time lag between the time of infection and notification, the actual risk of infection often cannot be determined from the available notification data. Therefore, increased caution should generally apply. Travellers from all countries are recommended to enter a 14-day quarantine after entry.
  • (Robert-Koch-Institut)
  • (in German) from the Health Service of the Federal Foreign Office
  • Information of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on
  • by Johns Hopkins CSSE
  • Situation in China: Ruth Schimanowski, Head of the DAAD Beijing Office, gives an (in German).

Situation of students at German universities

The pandemic caused by the corona virus affects all areas of life. Our universities are also massively affected: the start of lectures has been suspended or postponed, libraries and cafeterias are closed, campuses – like almost all places in public life – are deserted for the most part. Many students are affected in several ways; firstly, it is still uncertain whether and how the teaching of classes can be ensured; secondly, important sources of income have dried up for many students because their part-time job has fallen victim to the crisis. At the same time there are industries and areas (such as agriculture or retail) that are desperately looking for temporary jobbers. Also, the need for voluntary help is growing rapidly, e.g. at food banks or for elderly people. The DAAD would like to make a small contribution to bring these different groups together. We recommend the following offers to students who want to get involved or who are urgently looking for a part-time job:

The website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk, which offers advice for students with financial difficulties, is also highly recommended:

General information can be found here