Committees

Executive Committee

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The Executive Committee deliberates and decides on all matters of fundamental importance to the organisation in accordance and compliance with the rights of the other bodies and funding authorities.

The Executive Committee is responsible for determining the strategic orientation of the DAAD programmes, setting up selection committees and appointing their members. Furthermore, the Executive Committee is obliged to present an annual budget, confirm the annual financial statement and annual report, approve the use of the association’s assets which exceed a marginal amount, and appoint the Secretary General upon the President’s recommendation.

The Executive Committee is comprised of fifteen elected and five appointed members, and the Secretary General. The Executive Committee may also invite permanent guests to attend its sessions.

The following members currently serve on the Executive Committee until 2023:

President
Professor Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

Vice President
Dr. Muriel Kim Helbig, TH Lübeck

Other elected members

  • Dr. Birgit Barden-Läufer, U Hannover
  • Professor Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne, U Göttingen
  • Petra Günther, U Duisburg-Essen
  • Professor Dr. Angela Ittel, TU Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu, U Bremen
  • Professor Dr. Karin Luckey, University of Applied Sciences Bremen
  • Professor Dr. Peter Scharff, TU Ilmenau
  • Professor Dr. Ingeborg Schramm-Wölk, FH Bielefeld
  • Professor Dr. Andreas Zaby, Berlin School of Economics and Law

Representing the student bodies (2020-2021)

  • Stanislaw Bondarew, TU Dresden
  • Phuong Anh Nguyen, U Jena
  • Phillip Stöcks, U Freiburg

Appointed delegates

  • Dr. Andreas Görgen, head of the “Culture and Communication” department, Federal Foreign Office (AA)
  • Ulrich Schüller, head of the “Academic Systems” department, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Birgit Pickel, head of the “Democracy, human rights, equality and social development" directorate at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel, deputy Secretary General of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • Heidi Weidenbach-Mattar, permanent Representative of the Secretary Secretary General of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder

Permanent guests

  • Professor Dr. Hans Christian Pape, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut
  • Professor Dr. Peter-André Alt, President of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)

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Members

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The DAAD is an association of German institution of higher education and their student bodies.

As of March 2018, the DAAD was comprised of the following full members:

  • 241 institutions of higher education
  • 104 student bodies

As a rule, the members meet in a General Assembly in Bonn once a year. They decide on all matters of the association. New members may join the association upon request of the Executive Committee. The prerequisite for membership is the university’s membership in the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).

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Board of Trustees

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The Board of Trustees supports the Executive Committee in matters of fundamental importance to the organisation and is entitled to file motions with the General Assembly.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for auditing the annual financial statement, approving the annual budget, and proposing electoral nominations for the office of President, Vice President and the elected, non-student members of the Executive Committee. The Board of Trustees is also responsible for making amendments to the charter of association and deciding on the dissolution of the association.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of 23 appointed and five elected members.

The following members currently serve on the Board of Trustees until 2023:

President
Professor Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

Vice President
Dr. Muriel Kim Helbig

Appointed members (in accordance with § 14 of the DAAD charter) – with reservations:
Federal departments

  • Dr. Andreas Görgen, Federal Foreign Office
  • Ulrich Schüller, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Birgit Pickel, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Vanessa Ahuja, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Dr. Sabine Hepperle, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Dr. Jan Ole Püschel, BKM, Federal Commission for Cultural and Media Affairs

Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder (KMK) – with reservations

  • Heidi Weidenbach-Mattar, permanent Representative of the Secretary Secretary General of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder
  • Dr. Beate Wieland, State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts North-Rine Westphalia
  • Dr. Christoph Parchmann, Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts

German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) – with reservations

  • Professor Dr. Peter André Alt, President of the HRK
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Dellmann, Vice-President of the University of Applied Science Münster
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel, President of the University of Augsburg
  • Professor Dr. Ute Habel, Vice-rector for International Affairs of RWTH Aachen
  • Professor Dr. Bernd Scholz-Reiter, Rector of University of Bremen

Institutions - with reserveations

  • Dr. Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)
  • Dr. Jörg Schneider, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Achim Meyer auf der Heyde, Secretary General of the Deutsches Studentenwerk
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Wulf, German UNESCO Commission
  • Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut
  • Dr. Michael Hartmer, managing director of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)
  • Bettina Jorzik, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • Dr. Annette Julius, Secretary General of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
  • Dr. Thomas Kiefer, German Association of Technical Scientific Organisations (DVT)

Elected members (term of office 2020-2023)

  • Professor Dr. Manar Fayyad (President of the German-Jordanian University)
  • Dr. Volker Treier (Member of the General Management of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce)

Representatives of the student bodies (term of office 2018-2019)

  • Daniel Janke (University of Würzburg)
  • Amanda Steinmaus (University of Duisburg-Essen)

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Selection committees

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The selection procedure for the awarding of DAAD scholarships within the framework of individual funding and financial support in the context of project funding is a key feature of the academic self-administration within the DAAD: funding-related decisions are taken by independent selection committees working on an honorary basis.

The selection committees play a central role in the work of the DAAD. Committee members include university lecturers and, in the case of some programmes, experts from the sphere of economics and those from ministries and university and academic administration. Former DAAD scholarship holders also participate in the selection of German applicants for individual funding. Around 450 assessors are involved in 86 DAAD selection committees.

To ensure a fair balance of continuity and renewal, the committee members are appointed by the DAAD's executive board for a period of four years. The principles for the appointment of members to the selection committees – (in German only) – regulate the procedures governing the committees' staffing.

Composition of the selection committees

The selection committees' specialist composition differs depending on programme, target group and target country. In general, a selection committee selects either only German or only foreign applicants. In rare cases, these groups are merged – in the fields of architecture or music, for instance. In addition to the differentiation between German and foreign applicants, separate selection meetings take place for each programme and are, in principle, subdivided into country/region of origin or target country/region. This ensures that the assessors' respective specialist or regional competence is acknowledged and deployed profitably in the selection process. Employees at the DAAD's headquarters participate in the selection committees in an advisory and coordinating capacity.

Selection criteria

Depending on the programme in question, different criteria are applied to the selection of scholarship holders and projects. These are stipulated in the respective calls for proposals. In the context of individual funding, the selection committee decides to award a scholarship, for example, on the basis of the specialist qualifications and quality of the study or research project in question. The manner in which the selection committee assesses an applicant's development potential and ability to assume responsibility also plays an important role in this context. Personal selection interviews or presentations may also be conducted in some cases.As far as project funding is concerned, the selection committee makes its decision based on the relevance of the respective programme's objectives, its academic quality, relevance within the respective subject area and the sustainability and visibility of the project applied for. The manner in which the selection committee evaluates internationalisation and multiplier effects, the level of preparation or the innovation potential may also prove significant.