DAAD budget for 2024 secured at an elevated level

After budget negotiations

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will receive almost three million euros more basic funding for the coming year than originally planned in the draft budget of the federal government. In addition, funding has been secured for a skilled labour initiative and further support for Ukraine. The budget increase is the result of the final negotiations on the 2024 federal budget.

Flaggen vor der DAAD-Zentrale in Bonn

"Following the budget adjustment meeting of the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag, it is clear that the DAAD will be able to continue its work in 2024 on a sound financial basis," said DAAD President Prof Dr Joybrato Mukherjee. "The almost three million euros in additional funding that the Budget Committee has allocated to our core funding demonstrates the great appreciation of the members of the German Bundestag for international academic exchange and global scientific cooperation in geopolitically challenging times. The budget legislator has thus made it possible for the pledge contained in the coalition agreement of an annual three per cent increase in our basic funding to be approximately met on average in the years 2022-2024. We are extremely grateful to the German Bundestag and the Federal Foreign Office for this support in view of the challenging budgetary environment."

The basic funding of the DAAD by the Federal Foreign Office, the so-called "institutional funding", will increase from the planned 215.3 million to 218.1 million euros following the decisions of the Budget Committee for 2024. The basic funding of the world's largest organisation for scientific exchange has thus grown by almost three per cent per year since 2021, if special programmes are not taken into account. "This decision is also a commitment to the DAAD's foreign science policy mission and sends an important signal of reliability to our member universities and student bodies as well as to our partner institutions around the world," continued Mukherjee.

The DAAD will receive a further three million euros per year until 2026 from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a new skilled labour initiative. The total funding from the BMBF will therefore increase from the planned 180 million to 183 million euros for 2024. This also includes funding for the continuation of the BMBF programmes to support Ukraine. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will support the work of the DAAD with around fifty-seven million euros in 2024. The European Commission will also provide at least 216 million euros for the Erasmus programme.

The DAAD assumes that the German Bundestag will approve the federal budget in the revised version on 1 December. 

DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service