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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 programs listed here were 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
Email: info@wellington.diplo.de
Internet: www.wellington.diplo.de

  • Applicants are generally expected to be NZ nationals; foreign nationals may be 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 a year.
  • 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 especially for NZ in our leaflets.
  • Detailed information on what application papers need to be submitted can be found on the details pages linked from the short descriptions below.

 

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 students with a sound knowledge of German and some background in German Studies who are interested in improving their language skills and understanding of contemporary affairs.

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 offered in the German winter months.
  • support: course fees, bursary and travel stipend
  • application deadline: 1 August (THIS IS NEW! and it really is 1 Aug despite what it currently says on the DAAD main pages)
  • 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) + travel grant (EUR 1,000)
  • application deadline: 15 March 2014 (applications are closed; call for applications for 2015 expected to come in late 2014/early 2015)
  • detailed information: general here, specific for 2014 go here and download the appropriate PDF information leaflet.
  • application form: go here.

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 (ca. EUR 400)
  • application deadline: 28 February 2014 (applications for S2 2014 closed; your local International Office will announce deadline for S1 2015 later this year)
  • detailed information: go here and here.
  • application: application forms are only available from the International Office at your home institution; 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, Young Academics and Scientists
Research grants provide young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out a research project or a course of continuing education at a German university or non-university research institute.

  • 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 recently completed their doctoral studies, the opportunity to conduct research at the Leibniz Institute of their choice in Germany. 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: 7 March 2014 (applications for 2014 closed; next deadline expected to be early 2015)
  • detailed information: go here.
  • application form and other relevant documents: go here and see under “Application Documents” further down on the page.
  • 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.

 
 

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.

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.

  • 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.

 
 

Support for German guest lecturers 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 German researchers from all disciplines for going to conferences or on a lecture tour in NZ: DAAD Förderungsmöglichkeiten (in German only!).

 
 

New Zealand-specific information
Please also visit the DAAD website here for New Zealand-specific information on the DAAD Scholarship Programmes 2013/2014.

And here for 2014/15.

 
 

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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