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German institutions offer a wide range of scholarships for outstanding students from around the world. Whether you’re an undergraduate or a PhD-candidate already working at university, or whether you’re studying architecture or gender studies and everything in between, there is a scholarship for you. These programs range from short-term exchanges for research or teaching purposes to doctoral scholarships lasting several years.

This support is largely financed from public funds made available by the German Federal Foreign Office. The scholarship programs listed below have been designed by the DAAD for Australian students and academics alike. Use the DAAD’s scholarship search engine to find the right fit for your needs and qualifications, or read on for more information about each scholarship offered by the DAAD. For general information on scholarship applicants, please click here.

University Winter Courses (HWK) in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates

In co-operation with the DAAD, the Universities of Freiburg, Leipzig, Duisberg-Essen and the IIK Düsseldorf offer a “Deutschlandkundlicher Winterkurs” lasting six weeks during the northern hemisphere’s winter. The program is available for bachelor, master and PhD students. It is designed for students with a sound knowledge of German and a background in German Studies who are interested in improving their language skills and understanding of contemporary affairs. Please download the applicant checklist here. Find out more here.

Postgraduate Study Scholarship

Graduates of all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome to apply for this scholarship to complete a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a German tertiary institution. One year of funding is provided to the successful applicants. This scholarship is not available for students of Fine Art, Design, Film, Music, Architecture or the Performing Arts, please see subject-specific scholarships for these disciplines further below. Please download the Applicant Checklist here, and submit it with your application. Find out more here.

Study Scholarships for Fine Arts, Design, Film, Music, Architecture and the Performing Arts

These programmes encourage graduates of the Creative Arts to complete an extension course at a state institution of higher education in Germany. These supported study visits nurture strong artistic cooperation between foreign academics and German education institutions.

For the field of Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film, click here.
For the field of Architecture, click here.
For the field of Music, click here.
For the field of the Performing Arts, click here.

Research Grants - Short-Term and One Year Grants

These grants are designed specifically for research in Germany, undertaken at a German tertiary institution or relevant non-tertiary institution. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in your career. These grants are primarily aimed at, though not exclusive to, doctoral research programmes. For more information on Short-Term Grants, please click here. For information on One Year Grants, please click here.

Research Stays for Australian University Academics

These grants offer university academics the chance to carry out a research project at a relevant German educational institution. The aim of this particular programme is to support short-term research stays and thus promote the exchange of experience and ideas between international colleagues. Find out more here.

Research Grants - Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees / Cotutelle

The aim of this programme is the funding of bi-national doctoral projects at the home university and at a university in Germany.
The programme offers two options:
Option a) Doctorate with bi-national supervision: The doctoral project is supervised both by a university teacher at the home university and an academic adviser at the host institute in Germany (so-called “sandwich model”). The project must be coordinated with both supervisors. Based on this flexible, multi-phase funding system, doctoral candidates start their doctoral degree in their home country but subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctorate is completed in the home country with participation of the German academic adviser; the doctoral degree is awarded by the home university.
Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure: Funding of bi-national doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called “Cotutelle” procedure. The prerequisite is an individual cooperation contract between the participating universities about the doctoral project which is to be supervised. After successful completion of the doctorate, the German university and the foreign partner university award a doctoral degree together.
Find out more here

Study Visits for Academics - Artists and Architects

The aim of this programme is to promote artistic cooperation with German host institutions.
University teachers from Architecture, Fine Art, Film, Design, Visual Communication, Performing Arts and Music can apply for this programme.
Find out more here

Re-invitation Programs for Former Scholarship Holders

This scholarships invites previous scholarship holders to return to Germany to continue their research. The aim is to reinforce existing contacts and promote exchange between German and Australian academics as part of the DAAD’s global alumni network. Find out more here.


Below you will find further information on other scholarships not managed directly by the DAAD yet still available to Australian under- and postgraduate students, as well as PhD candidates and post-doctoral applicants.

Study Visits to Germany for Groups of Foreign Students

The Study Visits Programme aims to help foreign students visiting Germany under the guidance of a lecturer build their contact network in their specific academic field and enhance their knowledge of Germany.
NB. Study visits that are a mandatory part of a study programme cannot be supported. For more information, please click here.

DLR - DAAD Research Fellowships

In collaboration with the DAAD, this programme by the ‘Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt’ (DLR), Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space, offers outstanding PhD-candidates, scientists and researchers in the fields of aeronautics, space, transportation and energy the opportunity to conduct 1 to 36 months of research at a DLR institute in Germany. For more information, please click here.

Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

The scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the DAAD and aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Universities Australia members and  and German researchers from German universities and research institutes. For more information, please click here.


Visiting Lectureships / Professorships Program

The programme aims to enable foreign academics on longer term visiting lectureships or professorships to teach at universities in Germany. At the same time these visiting academics will act as important multipliers who enable their German host university to deepen and develop its international relations, while encouraging foreign students to study in Germany. For more information, please click here [German only].

Leibniz - DAAD Research Fellowships

With the Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Program up to 15 excellent international PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers can conduct research for one year at one of the 86 Institutes of the Leibniz Association. The next application procedure is planned for the year 2022. For more information, please click here.

RISE worldwide – Get a Research Intern from Germany!

Research groups, laboratories and PhD candidates can apply to host a motivated and well-qualified student from Germany as a research intern to assist in research and lab work in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field. Interns receive a DAAD scholarship consisting of a monthly allowance, a travel subsidy as well as health, accident and personal liability insurance. For more information, please click here.

Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme

This programme sees itself as a platform for artistic and cultural exchange throughout and beyond Europe.  For more information, please click here.

Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE)

Two to three month paid internship placements for students of Natural and Technical Sciences, and/or Agriculture and Forestry are arranged by the International Association for the exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). For more information, please click here.

Study programmes and language courses

If you want to study or complete your doctorate in German or English, the DAAD has the information you need. This section contains German and internationally oriented Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral programmes, but also language and short courses.