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DAAD funding schemes on offer:

For Indian Students, Graduates & Doctoral Students, Post Docs, Academicians & Senior Scientists and Alumni
For German Students and Academicians
For Project & Cooperation based Programmes

For Indian Students

Working Internships in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Students pursuing Bachelor degree/ Dual degree/ integrated programmes in subjects like engineering, mathematics, natural sciences etc. from selected Indian universities can apply for scholarship for 2-3 months internship at institutions of higher education and research institutes in Germany.

Application Deadline: 1 November

University Summer Courses (Essay Competition)

Regular full-time students registered in a Bachelor or Master course who are pursuing German language either as a part of this course or as certificate/diploma/advance diploma course can apply for a scholarship to participate in a university summer course in Germany.

Application Deadline: 15 October

Study Visits for Groups of Foreign Students to Germany

University teacher/faculty can apply for a visit to Germany for 7-12 days with a group of minimum 10 and maximum 15 students who are in the second or higher semester of their degree programme. The programme is open to all subject fields.

Application Deadlines:

  1. 1 February for trips beginning after 1 June
  2. 1 May for trips beginning after 1 September
  3. 1 November for trips beginning after 1 March

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For Indian Graduates & Doctoral Students

Postgraduate Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries

Graduate degree holders can apply for a master’s degree course in select subject areas at one of the select German universities.

Application Deadline: 31 July

Masters' Scholarships in Public Policy & Good Governance

Graduate degree holders from any stream can apply for master’s course at one of the selected German Universities with the following focus areas: Public Policy, Good Governance, International Relations, Public Management, Administration, Civil Society.

Application Deadline: 31 July

Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding - Dr. Angela Merkel Scholarship; Master’s Scholarship for European Law

Law graduates can apply for a master’s degree (LL.M.) in European Law at one of the selected German Universities.

Application Deadline: 1 October

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Study Scholarship for Architects

Graduate degree holders to complete a course of extension studies, without gaining a formal degree or qualification, or to complete a postgraduate or Master’s degree course to gain a degree in Germany (Master’s/Diplom), at a German state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution.

Application Deadline: 1 October

Study Scholarship for Artists

These study scholarships aim to provide foreign applicants from the fields of Fine Art, Design, Film, Music as well as Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, etc.) with an opportunity to complete a course of extension studies, without gaining a formal degree or qualification, or to complete a postgraduate or Master’s degree course to gain a degree in Germany (Master’s/Diplom), at a German state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution.

Application Deadline: 1 October

Sandwich Model Scholarships for Masters' Students of IITs

Master's (including Integrated and Dual Degree programmes) scholars from any discipline registered at an IIT can spend 6 months to complete their project work under the guidance of a German professor at one of the TU9 Technical Universities in Germany.

Application Deadline: 31 March

IIM Semester Scholarship

MBA students from select Indian Institutes of Management can apply for a semester stay at a select partner business school in Germany.

Application Deadline: 31 March

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PhD Scholarships (Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists)

Scholars with master’s degree in any subjects can apply for full PhD scholarship at any university and research institutes in Germany.

Application Deadline: 1 October

Sandwich Model Scholarships for PhD Registered Scholars (Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists)

Scholars registered for their PhD at an Indian university / research institute carry out research for their PhD thesis in Germany under the joint supervision of an Indian as well as a German professor. PhD degree to be awarded by Indian University / Institution.

Application Deadline: 1 October

Conflict Studies and Management Programme (CSMP) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt

Post-graduate degree holders from any stream can apply for a PhD degree in areas that may include: Regional security (especially developing frameworks for regional security architectures), terrorism, governance, fragile states, peace and institution building, global policy making, cultural and religious aspects in conflict studies.

Application Deadline: 31 July

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For Indian Post Docs, Academicians & Senior Scientists

Research Stays (Forschungsaufenthalte)

University academics and scientists on active duty can apply for a stay of up to 3 months to carry out a research project at a state (public) or state recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute in Germany.

Application Deadline: 1 October

Study Visits for Academics from the Fields of Fine Art, Design, Film, Performing Arts and Music

University academics on active duty can apply for a study visit of up to 3 months for the purpose of an artistic cooperation with a German host institution in the fields of Fine Art, Design, Film, Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, etc.) as well as Music.

Application Deadline: 1 October

Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships

This programme is jointly implemented by the Leibniz Association and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Highly-qualified, international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently completed their doctoral studies, can apply to conduct research at the Leibniz Institute of their choice in Germany.

Application Deadline: 7 March

DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships

This programme is jointly implemented by the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Highly-qualified international doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists can apply to conduct research at the institutes of the DLR in Germany.

Application Deadline: Offer Specific

Visiting Professorships (Gastdozenturen)

University academics on active duty can teach at a German university for a minimum of one and maximum of four semesters. The German host university needs to apply.

Application Deadlines:

  1. 15 January for winter semester of the same year
  2. 15 July for summer semester starting in the following year

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For Indian Alumni

Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders (Wiedereinladungen)

Former DAAD one-year scholarship holders and former scholarship holders who had studied in East Germany (GDR) for at least one year and are on active duty carry out a research project at a state (public) or state recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute in Germany.

Application Deadline: 1 October

Specialist Literature Programme (Book Grants)

Former one-year scholarship holders of all disciplines (as well as former German studies scholarship holders who received support for at least 5 months) can apply once a year for specialist literature (books, journals, articles) produced by German publishers to help them advance their academic knowledge and qualifications (maximum value of € 200 per year).

Small Equipment Programme

One-year scholarship holders, especially those from the fields of engineering, technology and science and from the agricultural and forestry sciences, who received DAAD support for a period of 10 or more months can apply for a grant towards for purchase of small equipment and materials. The application deadline ends 8 weeks before the scholarship period is completed. Applications can be made for the purchase of small equipment and material of direct relevance to projects carried out at the German university. Purchase of the following is absolutely excluded from this programme: Video, photo and office equipment (eg, photocopiers and computers, including software and accessories).

Material Resources Programme

Scientists or alumni of German institutions of higher education who have  returned to their home country and are active at an institution of higher education or comparable academic institution can apply for scientific equipment for carrying out their current teaching and research projects. There are two application categories, viz. small-scale projects (up to € 3,500) and large-scale projects (from € 3,500 to € 20,000).

Academic Events by Alumni

DAAD alumni can apply for funding to organise academic events like workshops, conferences and seminars. The events should involve a substantial number of DAAD alumni. The DAAD grant can cover travel, accommodation and boarding expenses for DAAD alumni as well as resource persons and general costs related to the event. Third party funding generated by the organiser and personal financial contribution of the participants towards the event are important. For more information, the DAAD Regional Office New Delhi may be contacted.

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For German Students

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Worldwide

Indian research groups, laboratories, postdoctoral and PhD students affiliated with an accredited academic institution or a non-profit research institution in India can apply to host or invite a motivated and well-qualified undergraduate student from Germany to assist as a research intern in their proposed research projects in India.

Application deadline:

  • Indian applicants: October 07, 2013 - November 24, 2013
  • German applicants:  December 02, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Other Individual Scholarships

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For German Academicians

Short-term Lecturership (Kurzzeitdozenturen) at Indian Universities
Long-term Lecturerships for Emeritus Professors at Indian Universities
Beraterprogramm

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For Project/Cooperation based Programmes (Application by Indian and German side)

DAAD – DST Project- based Personnel Exchange Programme (PPP)

University professors and scientists from German and Indian universities and those in permanent employment at independent research institutes are eligible to apply for 2 years funding for collaborative research projects between Indian and German research groups in the field of engineering and natural sciences.

Application Deadline: 15 December

DAAD – UGC Project- based Personnel Exchange Programme (PPP)

University professors and scientists from German and Indian universities and those in permanent employment at independent research institutes are eligible to apply for 2 years funding for collaborative research projects between Indian and German research groups in the field of humanities and social sciences.

Application Deadline: 15 December

DAAD-IIT Exchange of Faculty

Faculty of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) can apply for a visit to TU 9 universities for up to 2 months research stay. The visit should be on reciprocal basis.

Application Deadline: 1 October

DAAD-CSIR Exchange of Senior Scientists

Senior Scientists working at the CSIR institutes and laboratories can apply for a visit to German universities/research institutes for up to 2 months research stay. The visit should be on reciprocal basis.

Application Deadline: 1 October

DAAD-UGC Exchange of Senior Scientists

Indian faculty and scientists holding a PhD degree and affiliated to universities and research institutes can apply for a visit to German universities/research institutes for 2-4 weeks research stay in the field of humanities and social sciences. The visit should be on reciprocal basis.

Application Deadline: 1 October

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For Project/Cooperation based Programmes (Application by the German side)

A New Passage to India
Subject-related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education
Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategy (DIES)
University-Business-Partnership Programme

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Besides the DAAD, a number of organisations provide funding for study and research. A database of various kinds of funding offered by the DAAD as well as other selected organisations can be found here. German universities too have their own scholarships that they advertise on their websites as and when available.