The DAAD continues to follow the developments on the coronavirus and adapts its activities flexibly to changing situations.
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.
Departure or return journey
If you want to apply for a DAAD scholarship or maybe you already have received your letter of award, you will certainly have many questions as to whether, when and how it is possible to start a scholarship in the Corona-induced pandemic situation. The same applies to scholarship holders who have in the meantime returned to Germany and are now considering re-entering the host country.
The current situation (31 July 2020) is as follows:
There are no longer travel warnings for the EU member states and Schengen-associated states apart from Luxemburg and the Autonomous Communities of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre in Spain. The Federal Foreign Office advises against travel to Ireland (as of 28 July). Due to the lifting of the travel warning, it is in principle possible to begin the fellowship in Ireland, but DAAD also advises against travelling there.
For many important host countries outside the EU, are still in effect. The DAAD does not agree to departure to these countries - therefore, please refrain from travelling (or re-entering) to these countries as long as the travel warnings remain in effect!
An overview of the possibilities for scholarships which cannot be taken up at the moment (e.g. postponement, online start) or what happens to your scholarship if you return to Germany "corona-induced", can be found . On this page we also inform you about related financial benefits of the DAAD.
For all scholarship holders who are currently still in countries with a travel warning, we would like to renew our offer to travel back to Germany with the DAAD covering the costs. In these cases, please contact your programme section before returning home.
We ask our scholarship holders to make sure that they are registered in the crisis prevention list of the Federal Foreign Office, regardless of which country they live in. It is strongly recommended that you also note the emergency number, which can be found on the website of the respective German mission abroad, and that you also inform on the website of the respective embassy about further contact details. We would like to ask scholarship holders who have returned to Germany in the meantime to temporarily remove themselves from the crisis prevention list of the Federal Foreign Office.
News on planned selections
Applications for ongoing calls for proposals will continue to be received and processed, Commission meetings will partly be held by Video conference or decisions will be taken on the basis of written documents.
Information on individual programmes
Unfortunately, we will have to suspend some individual programmes completely in spring/summer 2020. These are:
- RISE / WISE internship programmes: Unfortunately, no internships can take place in Spring/Summer 2020. Scholarships already awarded will be given priority in 2021, but unfortunately, there is no guarantee for the same internship place.
- Go East Summer Schools 2020 and Kongress- und Vortragreisen: No new applications will be accepted at this time. The programmes are suspended until further notice.
Entry to Germany
If you want to apply for a DAAD scholarship or maybe you already have received your letter of award, you will certainly have many questions as to whether, when and how it is possible to start a scholarship in the corona-induced pandemic situation. The same applies to scholarship holders who have in the meantime returned to their home country and are now considering re-entering Germany.
Entry into Germany from EU member states and from "Schengen-associated" states as well as from Great Britain has been possible again in principle since 15 June 2020; entry restrictions and internal border controls no longer apply; a "valid reason for entry" is no longer required.
From 2 July 2020, the following countries will again be able to admit third-country nationals without restrictions: Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. This list of countries may be extended or restricted depending on the development of the pandemic. We will follow the development and keep you informed on this page.
Third-country nationals from all other countries may enter Germany for study purposes (including doctoral studies) from 2 July onwards, if the studies cannot be carried out entirely from abroad. It is therefore important that it is clear to the visa offices and border officials from official documents of the German host institution that the study or doctorate requires a presence in Germany. Otherwise, visas may not be issued or entry may be refused. Please contact your host university in this regard.
Please take care of your visa application at a very early stage, as the visa sections of the German missions offer sometimes only a few dates for the application and therefore delays may occur.
Irrespective of entry restrictions, based on the (in German only), persons who have stayed in a "corona risk area" within 14 days before entering Germany are obliged to remain in quarantine in Germany for 14 days and to inform the local health authority of their entry. The (in German only) is published and regularly updated by the Robert Koch Institute.
A recognised negative corona test result may be presented as an alternative to quarantine. Proof must take the form of a medical certificate and the test cannot be older than 48 hours and must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a . Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry at the border crossing point or at the place where you are staying. More information are provided on the
If you wish to enter the country from one of the countries or regions listed there, you must check whether you can meet the quarantine requirements or undergo a corona test. If this is not the case, you cannot enter Germany. As a precautionary measure, we would like to point out that the DAAD cannot organise quarantine accommodation and cannot assume any costs for quarantine or corona-test.
As it is not yet clear for all countries of origin whether and when entry to Germany will be possible without any problems, we have provided you with the opportunity to start your scholarship project, i.e. your studies or research project, online from your home country or to postpone the start of the scholarship if entry to Germany is not possible for you. To find out whether this possibility exists for your programme and your country of origin, please contact your programme section.
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.
- University Winter Courses: The programme is suspended for applications in 2020.
- RISE / WISE internship programmes: Unfortunately, no internships can take place in spring/summer 2020. Scholarships already awarded will be given priority in 2021, but unfortunately, there is no guarantee for the same internship place.
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 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).
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.
We recommend the following sources of information:
What impact will the COVID-19-crisis have on the internationalisation of higher education? With this offer, the DAAD wants to provide the most comprehensive – and regularly updated - overview possible on the current state of "corona research".
- 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.
- (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).
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