Bonn, 27 October 2014. Funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has set up a scholarships programme for refugees from Syria. The call for applications begins on 31 October. In total, one hundred gifted Syrian students are to be given the opportunity of studying in Germany in the coming year. The Federal Foreign Office is to provide €7.8m in funding.

Bonn, 27 June 2014. The Leibniz Association and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offer a joint funding programme for outstanding international junior researchers. The ''Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme'' is targeted at qualified postdocs from around the world who have earned their doctorate within the past two years. The scholarship enables them to conduct research at one of 89 institutes of the Leibniz Association for one year. The experience they gain can open the door to an international career.

Bonn, 25 June 2014. The recent political conflict with Russia and Ukraine indicates how completely views diverge when it comes to matters of politics, history and the future of Europe. With its ability to establish common ground in tense situations, academic exchange is an important and often underrated instrument of ''soft diplomacy''. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) introduces a new strategy for Russia and Eastern Europe, with which it aims to continue strengthening civil dialogue in the future.

Bonn, 25 June 2014. Sub-Saharan Africa is in a critical phase. Positive economic data indicate that an upswing is underway, yet it is threatened by a dire need for education. Schools and universities are simply unable to meet the demands of a growing population. There is significant danger that economic and political opportunities will go unused. In its new strategy for Africa, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) regards top-performing universities as essential for a functioning educational system and sustainable development.