DAAD Scholarships Application procedure, eligibility criteria, deadlines

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Scholarships are highly competitive scholarships awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service. The scholarship program provides financial assistance to international graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral researchers who wish to study, research, or teach in Germany. Indian students are eligible for 20 DAAD scholarships from the 180 different scholarship options available to all international students.

The scholarship offers a monthly stipend, travel allowances, health insurance, and language course support. The scholarship duration varies, depending on the program and level of study.

DAAD Scholarships are highly prestigious and offer students an excellent opportunity to gain valuable academic and cultural experiences. The scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic achievements, personal and professional goals, and potential to contribute to their respective fields. 

Scholarship details

Offered by 

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Amount granted 

Graduate and Doctoral candidates: 934 EUR per month

Post Doc candidates: 1,200 EUR per month

Type of scholarship

Fully funded

Level of program

Graduate, Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Application Deadline

Rolling application for various universities

International students


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DAAD Scholarships come with wider coverage of expenses that an international student has to meet in Germany, including:

  • Travel expenses
  • Family allowances
  • Health insurances

Also, DAAD Scholarships allow students to work part-time or receive other scholarships, provided the earnings from those would not exceed 520 EUR per month. It’s important to note that DAAD scholarships do not cover the tuition fee.

Eligibility criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Involvement in social activities 
  • Work experience of minimum 2 years
  • Certificate proving language competency - English or German 
  • A research proposal written by the applicant
  • Academic degrees should not be older than 6 years

Application process

Since DAAD Scholarships are offered by diverse bodies, there might be a variation in the application procedure for each scholarship. A typical DAAD scholarship application involves the following steps:

  1. The application process is online & can be done via the official DAAD portal.
  2. Go to the scholarship database and choose your scholarship.
  3. Fill out the application and submit it. Applicants will get an email confirming their application submission. 

Required documents 

  • Cover letter and CV (hand-signed as recommended by Europass)
  • Certificates (academic and financial)
  • Assessments from professors
  • References
  • Letter of motivation
  • Higher education certificates

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Selection procedure

From a cluster of applications every year, DAAD Scholarship beneficiaries are selected in the following way:

  • A separate selection committee will review the scholarship applications. 
  • The selection is based on the applicant’s study objectives, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and social involvement. Language skills may also be a consideration for some scholarships.
  • An interview of the shortlisted candidates may happen in person or online.

Contact details

DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue

New Delhi 110029

Tel: +91-11-66465500

Fax: +91-11-66465555

Email: info.newdelhi@daad.de

Disclaimer: The information on this page is taken from the official website of DAAD. See the original source for any change in the data provided, like dates, facts, etc. 

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