The DAAD has compiled the information on funding opportunities, besides the DAAD's own programmes, that are available to foreign students, graduates and postdocs on the basis of the following criteria:
- The selected programmes must be largely of an academic nature, which means that we have not included programmes that are exclusively intended for artists or that do not require any previous academic training; programmes that provide or practical training only have also not been included. A few scholarship programmes for the arts can be found .
- The selected programmes must be intended for a sufficiently large target group, which means that programmes for applicants from only one or only a few universities or strongly specialised academic disciplines have not been included.
- Furthermore, the selected programmes must award a relevant number of or grants, which means, as a rule, at least ten.
- A personal and direct application for the programme in question must be possible.
- The considered target groups range from students through to . Other academic funding programmes for experienced academics can be found in the