DAAD Scholarship

DAAD Scholarship

Encouraging student mobility and exchange between Germany and the rest of the world, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) or German Academic Exchange Service is one of the largest organisations in the world that provides financial support to international students and researchers wishing to study abroad in Germany. With close to one hundred years of existence, DAAD not only provides grants and scholarships but also support individuals to culturally acclimate through language courses, academic conferences, etc. Considered alongside the exceptional standard of education across STEM courses, German universities offer an exciting opportunity for students all around the world to learn in a diverse and multicultural environment. This blog aims to elaborate on the different types of DAAD scholarships, their eligibility criteria and how you can apply for it.

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DAAD Scholarship: Organisations

In addition to offering a variety of scholarships itself, the DAAD scholarship website also serves as an aggregator and information source for other trusted financial support-providing foundations. Further, it is not only concerned with study scholarships but also sponsors research projects, doctoral funding, visitor stays, summer programmes and a host of other short-term as well long term opportunities. A list of the types of organisations offering DAAD scholarship is given below:

  • Research Institutions [Alexander von Humboldt Foundation etc.]
  • Socially Oriented Organisations [Christiane Nusslein-Volhard Foundation etc.]
  • Party Affiliated Foundations [Heinrich-Böll Stiftung etc]
  • Corporate Foundations
  • Erasmus+
  • Federal States
  • Student Organisations
  • Denominational Organisations

Note: The application procedure of applying for a DAAD scholarship offered across the world may vary from one organisation to another.


From bachelor’s level to postdoctoral research and even to faculty, DAAD scholarship caters to the needs of a variety of individuals. The following table lists down 20 varied scholarship options. 

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Name of DAAD Scholarship Eligibility
Doctoral Programmes in Germany
[Research Grants]
Graduates, Doctoral candidates/PhD students,
Postdoctoral Researchers
Bi-Nationally Supervised Doctoral
Graduates, Doctoral candidates/PhD students
Practical Traineeships for Foreign
Students of Natural & Technical
Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry
Undergraduates and Graduates
Graduate School Scholarship
Doctoral candidates/PhD students
University Summer Courses offered in
Germany for Foreign Students and
Undergraduates, Graduates
Study Scholarships-Postgraduate
Studies in
the Field of Fine Art, Design,
Visual Communication and Film
Graduates Only
Research Stays for University
Academics & Scientists
Graduates, Doctoral candidates/PhD students,
Postdoctoral Researchers, Faculty
Studies in the Field of Music
Graduates only
Combined Study and Practice
Stays for Engineers from Developing
(KOSPIE) with Indian IITs
Graduates only
Development-Related Postgraduate
Courses Scholarships
Graduates only
DLR DAAD Research Fellowship
Graduates, Doctoral candidates/PhD students,
Postdoctoral Researchers, Faculty
Postdoctoral Researchers International
Mobility Programme (PRIME)
Postdoctoral researchers
Bilateral Exchange of Academics Postdoctoral Researchers, Faculty
Helmut-Schmidt Programme (Master’s
Scholarships for Public Policy and
Good Governance-PPGG)
Graduates Only
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:
the German Chancellor Fellowship
Graduates Only
Baden-Württemberg Stiftung:
the Baden Wurttemberg-STIPENDIUM
for University Students
Undergraduates, Graduates, Doctoral
candidates/PhD students
Bayer Science & Education
Foundation: Carl Duisberg
Bayer Science & Education
Foundation: Kurt Hassen
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds:
PhD Fellowships
Doctoral candidates/PhD students
Evonik Foundation Scholarship Undergraduates, Graduates, Doctoral
candidates/PhD students,
Postdoctoral Researchers


  1. In the above table, graduates imply ‘postgraduate-degree holders’.
  2. This is a summarised list. Go to DAAD official website to know about more scholarships.
  3. Prospective applicants are advised to go through the eligibility criteria of specific DAAD scholarship as some also ask for a certain number of years of professional experience or other criteria as well.

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Application Procedure

In order to apply for a DAAD scholarship, students are required to submit an online application enclosed with documents like a letter of acceptance, curriculum vitae, statement of purpose (SOP or optionally with letter of motivation, research proposal, letter of experience, proof of placements, references amongst others. Further, oftentimes, proving English language proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL score or German language proficiency tests are required. Applicants are requested to take into consideration the respective deadlines while applying.

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The DAAD scholarships, along with Aga Khan Scholarship and Inlaks Scholarships, amongst others, offer a life-changing opportunity for meritorious students to learn and study in a foreign country. If you aspiring to study at any of the major colleges in Germany, consult the Leverage Edu experts and we’ll help you choose a suitable course and university that aligns with your interests and preferences and equips you with the right knowledge and exposure in your field of interest.

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