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Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists and Academics

Research grants to run up to 6 months:
  • Application deadline: 1 October each year.
  • Requirement: Excellent Master's or PhD degree, completed less than six years ago
  • The DAAD will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, a monthly stipend and a health insurance cover.
  • German language skills are not expected.
  • Online application
Research grants to run for 6 - 36 months (full grant scholarship):
  • Application deadline: 1 October each year.
  • Requirement: Excellent Master's degree, completed less than six years ago
  • Field research in the home country is possible for up to 12 months.
  • The grants are open to all academic disciplines.
  • German language skills are not expected.
  • The DAAD will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, a monthly stipend and a health insurance cover.
  • Funding for field work in the home country not provided by DAAD
  • Online application
Grants in accordance with the DAAD Sandwich Model:
  • Application deadline: 1 October each year
  • Requirement: Excellent Master's degree, completed less than six years ago
  • Funding for field work in the home country not provided by DAAD.
  • Only 2 phases of field research (of altogether 12 months) in your home country or “third country” are possible.
  • Residence in Germany is subject to a time limit of 24 months.
  • The Doctorate degree has to be gained in the home country.
  • German language skills are not expected.
  • For the stay in Germany, the DAAD will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, a monthly stipend and a health insurance cover
  • Online application 

To do research in Germany, applicants need an admission at a Graduate School in Germany, or the confirmation/ invitation of a German supervisor based at a university or research institute. It often proves difficult to find such a research contact. Therefore, it is advisable to start the search as early as possible!

To find a collaborator in Germany, you can use research search engines:
Suggestions on how to write a research proposal:

For more detailed information about our scholarships, please click here.

Applications:
  • Online via www.funding-guide.de. Kenyans may then submit an application summary, generated by the system, to the DAAD Regional Office for Africa, Nairobi. Non-Kenyan citizens submit the application summary to the relevant diplomatic and consular missions of the Federal Republic of Germany in their respective home countries.
  • A direct application to DAAD Head Office in Germany is not possible.

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