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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.

Please send all scholarship applications 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.
  • Applicants, who have been resident in Germany for longer than one year 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 leaflet.
  • Detailed information on what application papers need to be submitted can be found on the application form which can be obtained from the download site.

 

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

 
 

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
    • 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: go here.

     
     

    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.

    • Duration: Courses last six weeks and are offered in the German winter months.
    • Application deadline: 1 August (THIS IS NEW!)
    • Detailed Information: go here.
    • Application form: go 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
    • 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 Form: go here.

     
     

    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: 1-10 months, in the case of full doctoral programmes in Germany for up to three years, and in exceptions for up to a maximum of four years.
    • Application deadlines for research grants for projects of up to six 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 more than six 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: go here.
    • Application Form: The application documents are available online for electronic applications. To access the application documents, in the first step please select the desired programme in the scholarship database (www.funding-guide.de). From there, you will be directed to the electronic application and necessary documents.

     
     

    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 your native language for up to 12 hours per week. The scholarship amount will be € 800 per month and up to € 1000 for travel expenses.

    • Duration: 9 months
    • Application deadline: 15 March 2014
    • Detailed Information: 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
    • Application deadline: 28 February 2014
    • Detailed Information: go here and here.
    • Application Form: application forms are only available from the International Office at your home institution; for information see here.

     
     

    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
    • Application deadline: 7 March 2014
    • 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 quarters in Bonn (Germany) directly, and do not go through the German embassy in Wellington.

     
     

    Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
    The Alexander von Humboldt Association also provides different types of research funding for excellently qualified New Zealand researchers from postdoc level onwards. See their website here.

     
     

    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
    • 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:  go here.

    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.

     
     

    Scholarship Program for Artists
    These study scholarships aim to provide foreign applicants from the fields of Fine Art, Design, Film, Music, Architecture 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.

    •  Duration: 1 academic year, scholarships may be extended.
    • Application deadline: 30 September each year
    • The DAAD will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance
    • Detailed Information: go here.
    • Application Form:  go here.

     
     

    Re-Invitation Program for Former Scholarship Holders
    The Re-invitation Program helps the DAAD maintain contacts with its former one-year scholarship holders 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.

    • Application deadlines:
      30 September each year for a period as of March of the following year.
      31 March each year to run from September.
    • No international travel costs paid by the DAAD
    • Detailed Information: go here.
    • Application Form:  go here.

     
     

    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, and guest speakers from German universities delivering papers at conferences in New Zealand:
    DAAD Förderungsmöglichkeiten.

     
     

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

     
     

    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

     
     

    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
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