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Funding & Scholarships

Are you looking for possibilities to fund a study or research stay in Germany?

The DAAD is Germany’s largest scholarship-awarding organisation and runs several programs with which academic exchange between Germany and all parts of the world is supported. These programs range from short-term exchanges for research or teaching purposes through to doctoral scholarships lasting several years. The scholarships offered by the DAAD are awarded to younger university graduates from all academic disciplines as well as from the fields of music and art. Support is also available for young academics and scientists, university teachers and groups completing study visits under the guidance of a university teacher. This support is largely financed from public funds made available by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The scholarship programmes listed here are designed especially for NZ students and academics.

Most scholarship applications (but not all! refer to details pages linked below) require that one or two printouts of the online application are sent to:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
PO Box 1687
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

by the deadline.

Email: info@wellington.diplo.de
Internet: www.wellington.diplo.de

  • Applicants are generally expected to be NZ nationals; foreign nationals are usually eligible if they are permanent residents of New Zealand, or have completed (or are about to complete) their current degree in NZ, or have been enrolled in a doctoral programme at a NZ uni/research institute for at least a year. (There are stricter requirements for German nationals living in NZ, though.)
  • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the time of application cannot be considered.
  • You will find more detailed information on scholarships and funding on the DAAD website’s funding guide and in our leaflets for NZ.
  • Detailed information on what application papers need to be submitted can be found on the details pages linked from the short descriptions below.

 

Not sure what …

  • … your CV should look like?
  • … “CV in tabular format” means?
  • … language certificates you need, if any?
  • … what degrees you need to submit copies of?

Or not quite sure how the DAAD application portal works?

Please find relevant information and links here.

 

The following scholarships and support possibilities are available; for details see below.

 
 

University Winter Courses
The DAAD offers students a grant for a six-week “German Regional Studies Winter Course” at the Universities of Essen, Freiburg, Leipzig or Berlin/FUBIS in January/February. This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate and doctoral students with a sound knowledge of German (at least B1 proficiency by the time the course starts) and some background in German Studies who are interested in improving their language skills and understanding of contemporary affairs.

Undergrads need to have completed 2 years of uni by the time the course starts.

Graduate and doctoral students need to have completed 1 year by the time the course starts.

You will need to be at proficiency level B1 by the time the course starts. (B1 is usually reached after completing the stage 2 German language courses offered at NZ unis.)

  • duration: Courses last six weeks and are on during the German winter, mostly in January/February.
  • support: course fees, bursary and travel stipend
  • application deadline: 1 September (this is different to what it used to be)
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application: go here.

 
 

PAD Teaching Assistant Scholarships
The German Education Exchange Service — Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) — is offering 12 scholarships for students in their third year or higher to work as Teaching Assistants (foreign language assistants) at schools in Germany between end of August/beginning of September 2014 and 31 May 2015. As an assistant, you’ll work at schools – normally at secondary school level – and assist with the teaching of English (you must be a native or near-native speaker for that) for up to 12 hours per week.

  • duration: 9 months
  • support: monthly stipend (EUR 800 including health+liability+accident insurance) & travel grant (EUR 1,000)
  • application deadline: 15 March 2015 (cut-off date, meaning your letter must have arrived at the German Embassy in Wellington by that date)
  • detailed information: general here, which includes a link to the application form

If you’d like to apply for a second year, this is actually possible. See here.

The other direction — If you’re from Germany and interested in coming to NZ as a teaching assistant, please go here.

 
 

Baden-Württemberg Scholarships (Baden-Württemberg-Stipendien)
Students from universities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg as well as students from universities partnered to institutions in Baden-Württemberg may qualify for state-funded scholarships during their exchange.

  • duration: 3-11 months
  • support: monthly stipend (approx. EUR 400)
  • application deadline: The deadline is set by your home university’s International Office. Rough guideline for when applications can expected to be due:
    for support during semester 1 — usually August/September
    for support during semester 2 — usually February/March
  • detailed information: go here and here.
  • application: application forms are only available from the International Office at your home institution, and the entire application goes via your home university’s International Office; for information see here.

 
 

Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines
Graduates of all disciplines can apply for a scholarship to complete a postgraduate or Master’s degree course at a German higher education institution and to gain a degree in Germany (Master’s/Diploma).

  • duration: 10-24 months
  • support: monthly stipend (EUR 750) + travel grant
  • application deadline: 30 September each year for a period beginning either in April or October of the following year. The DAAD will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance.
  • further requirements: NZ applicants for study scholarships are generally expected to be able to prove that they have a basic knowledge of German at the time of application.
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application: Applications are submitted online via the DAAD portal, which is linked from the details page.

 
 

Scholarship Programme for Artists (Students)
These study scholarships aim to provide foreign applicants from the fields of

  • Fine Arts
  • Design/Visual Communication
  • Film
  • Music
  • Architecture
  • 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.

 
 

Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates, Postdocs, Young Academics and Scientists
Research grants provide young academics and researchers (doctoral and postdoctoral) with an opportunity to carry out a research project or a course of continuing education at a German university or non-university research institute. Researchers taking along their children will receive additional support.

  • duration: short term (1-6 months) or long term (7-10 months)
  • support: monthly stipend (EUR 750-1,000) + travel grant
  • application deadlines for research grants for projects of 1-6 months:
    30 September for research grants to run from March of the following year
    31 March for research grants to run from September
  • application deadline for research grants for projects of 7-10 months:
    30 September.
  • further requirements: NZ applicants for research grants are generally expected to be able to prove that they have a basic knowledge of German at the time of application.
  • detailed information:
    • short term 1-6 months: see here
    • long term 7-10 months: see here
  • application: Applications are submitted online via the DAAD portal, which is linked from the details pages.
  • NB: For researchers in medicine — the DAAD is currently unable to accept applications for clinical stays and/or observations of clinical research and trials due to legal issues regarding the status of scholarship holders at hospitals. This policy may change again in the future.

 
 

Leibniz Research Fellowships
Leibniz-DAAD fellowships offer highly-qualified, international postdoctoral researchers, who have completed their doctoral studies within the last two years, the opportunity to conduct research in Germany at a Leibniz Institute of their choice and open to fellows this year. The researchers must not be German citizens, nor must they have spent more than 6 months in Germany by the time they apply. Fellowships include a monthly stipend, a research allowance, insurance cover, and — if desired — a two-month German language course.

  • duration: up to 12 months
  • support: monthly stipend (EUR 2,000) + research allowance + insurance contribution
  • application deadline: 15 March 2015
  • detailed information: go here (do NOT follow the links on that page, though, they haven’t been updated)
  • application form and other relevant documents: short description and detailed description
  • NB: Applications for Leibniz Fellowships are dealt with by the DAAD head offices in Bonn (Germany) directly, and do not go through the German embassy in Wellington.

 
 

P.R.I.M.E. — Postdoctoral Research International Mobility Experience
PRIME is intended for researchers of all nationalities who’ve recently finished their PhD and are now keen on moving their career to Germany. The programme does not fall into the scholarship category, but instead pays actual salaries to those accepted. Applicants do not have to hold a job at the time of application.

  • duration: 18 months, thereof:
    12 months not in Germany, but in a country the applicant hasn’t lived in for more than a year in total in the three years prior to the time of application
    6 months in Germany (re-integration phase)
  • support: monthly salary (approx. EUR 3,700-4,300 gross) + travel grant
  • application deadlines: 1 February 2015
    see the current call for applications
    This year’s round of applications is over. The next call is expected to come in late 2015.
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application form: Applications are submitted online via the DAAD portal, which is linked from the details page.

 
 

Research Grants for University Academics and Scientists
These grants and scholarships aim to provide academics and scientists working in higher education or at research institutes with an opportunity to carry out a research project at a state (public) or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute in Germany.

  • duration: 1-3 months
  • support: monthly stipend (EUR 2,000-2,300) + travel grant
  • application deadlines:
    30 September for grants to run from March of the following year
    31 March for grants to run from September
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application form: Applications are submitted online via the DAAD portal, which is linked from the details page.
  • NB: For researchers in medicine — the DAAD is currently unable to accept applications for clinical stays and/or observations of clinical research and trials due to legal issues regarding the status of scholarship holders at hospitals. This policy may change again in the future.

 
 

Scholarship Programme for Artists (Staff)
The study visits for academics programme aims to enable lecturers from the fields of Fine Art, Design, Film, Music, Architecture as well as Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, etc.) to apply for a supported study visit for the purpose of artistic cooperation with a German host institution.

  • duration: 1-3 months
  • support: monthly stipend (EUR 2,000-2,300) + travel grant
  • application deadlines:
    30 September for grants to run from March of the following year
    31 March for grants to run from September
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application form: Applications are submitted online via the DAAD portal, which is linked from the details page.

 
 

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
The Alexander von Humboldt Association provides different types of research funding for excellently qualified New Zealand researchers from postdoc level onwards. Researchers are encouraged to bring their families for the duration of their stay!

Also see:

  • their funding database
  • a central database of Humboldtians, i.e. current and former fellows and award holders
  • their NZ website, where you can find current and former AvH fellows and award holders from and/or in NZ

 
 

Study Visits/Study Seminars and Practicals (work experience) in Germany
This programme aims to provide students with subject-related knowledge by arranging appropriate visits, tours and information, meetings or by organising subject-related seminars and practical courses, as well as to give students a greater understanding of and insight into economic, political and cultural life in Germany.

  • duration: 7-12 days
  • support: EUR 50 per person per day + international health and liability insurance cover; travel costs are NOT covered
  • application deadlines:
    1 November for trips to commence from 1 March the following year.
    1 February for trips to commence from 1 June.
    1 May for trips to commence from 1 September.
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application form: Applications for this programme are submitted online. For details please see the application procedure.

The study visits program aims to help foreign students, visiting Germany under the guidance of a lecturer, make contacts in their specific academic field and gain a knowledge of Germany.

 
 

Re-Invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders
The Re-invitation Program helps the DAAD maintain contacts with its former scholarship holders (6+ months) and with former scholarship holders who have studied in East Germany (GDR) for at least one year. Former scholarship holders meeting these requirements can apply for re-invitation to Germany to complete a research or work project at a state higher education institution or non-university research institute after they have been back in their home country for at least 3 years.

  • duration: 1-3 months
  • application deadlines:
    30 September each year for a period as of March of the following year
    31 March each year to run from September
  • support: monthly stipend (EUR 2,000-2,300) + travel grant
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application form: Applications are submitted online via the DAAD portal, which is linked from the details page.
  • NB: For researchers in medicine — the DAAD is currently unable to accept applications for clinical stays and/or observations of clinical research and trials due to legal issues regarding the status of scholarship holders at hospitals. This policy may change again in the future.

 
 

Artists in Berlin Programme
The Berliner Künstlerprogramm — Artists-in-Berlin Program — is one of the most renowned international programs offering grants to artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, music and film. Since 1963, 15 to 20 grants per year have been awarded to international artists for an approximately one year stay in Berlin. In its more than 50 years of existence, the programme has made a significant contribution to the international representation of contemporary arts in Berlin.
Artists in the fields of literature, film and music may submit an application to the Berliner Künstlerprogramm. Artists in the visual arts cannot submit their own application; instead an international jury nominates visual arts artists for invitations.

  • duration: 12 months (bringing your family is encouraged!)
  • support: travel grant, monthly stipend, flat, workspace and funds for projects
  • application deadlines: 1 January each year
  • detailed information: go here. For further information on this programme, please contact the DAAD office in Berlin directly: bkp.berlin@daad.de
  • application form: Application form here — all applications are submitted in hard copy only to the DAAD Office in Berlin.

 
 

Artists Programme: guest lecturing in Berlin
The Berliner Künstlerprogramm — Artists-in-Berlin Program — is also available for artists who’d like to guest lecture in Berlin.

Artists in the fields of literature, music, visual arts and dance/performance can apply for one of the artist guest lecturerships at the three Berlin universities: Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität and Technische Universität.

 
 

Support for guest lecturers from Germany coming to NZ
The DAAD also supports German guest lecturers from all disciplines contributing to courses at universities in New Zealand (4 weeks up to six months): DAAD Lehren im Ausland.

 
 

Support for German conference and invited speakers coming to NZ
The DAAD also supports researchers from all disciplines from German tertiary and research institutions for going to conferences or on a lecture tour in NZ: DAAD Förderungsmöglichkeiten (in German only!).

 
 

Returning to Germany — Rückkehrstipendien
Germany is keen to stop and prevent brain-drain, and as such many programmes have been put into place to make it easier for researchers to relocate to Germany on a permanent basis. While many of these programmes were at first intended for Germans returning to Germany, most are now open to other applicants as well.
The DAAD has put together a whole info site on the topic (in German only!).

 
 

New Zealand-specific information
Please also visit the DAAD website here for all scholarships (DAAD and otherwise) open to New Zealand students and researchers at this time.

The NZ Royal Society supports exchange with Europe and Germany in particular. Besides matching some of the German programmes with their own, they also offer travel support for NZ researchers to go to conferences in Europe from time to time.

 
 

Further information and advice is available from:
Dr Anna Bauer
School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics
DAAD Office
c/o German Studies
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
email: daad@auckland.ac.nz
phone: +64 9 923 8931 (direct line), from inside UoA x88931

 
 

Further information on the promotion of international student, academic and research exchanges (scholarships):

  • German Foreign Office here (in English) and here (slightly different list in German)
  • EU Education Programmes here
  • BMBF (ministry for education and research) scholarships database for students anywhere between secondary and PhD level
    stipendienlotse.de (in German only!)

 

Please note: The DAAD Office accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information contained in these webpages.
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