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DAAD Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Research Grant 2023

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Deadline: 14 October 2022

Apply now for the DAAD Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Research Grant 2023.This programme offers you the opportunity to do a bi-national doctoral degree at your home university and at a university in Germany.

DAAD Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Research Grant 2023 involves two possible options:

Option a) Doctorate with bi-national supervision:

Your doctoral project is supervised by a university teacher both at your home university and at the host institute in Germany (so-called “sandwich model”). Your project must be agreed with both supervisors according to the following procedure:

  • You start your doctoral degree in your home country.
  • Similarly followed by research trips to Germany.
  • You complete your doctorate in your home country and also supervised by the German academic adviser.
  • Your home university awards the doctoral degree.

Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure:

Funding is provided for doctoral projects that are carried out at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called Cotutelle model. This is based on an individual cooperation agreement which is concluded individually for your doctoral project by the participating universities. After you have successfully completed your doctorate, the German university and your home university award the doctoral degree jointly.

What can be funded?

In option a), a doctorate with bi-national supervision based on the “sandwich model”, research stays at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany (as part of a doctoral programme in the home country) are funded.

In option b) a doctorate based on the “Cotutelle model”, research stays at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany are funded. These allow doctoral students to complete a doctoral thesis which is supervised and carried out bi-nationally on the basis of an individually concluded cooperation agreement.

Who can apply?

Depending on the nature of your project, you can apply for:

  • bi-national supervision based on the “sandwich model”. You can apply if you have earned a Master’s degree or Diplom (or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree) at the latest at the start of the funding period.
  • ”Cotutelle model”. You can apply if you have been admitted to a doctoral programme at the latest at the start of the funding period.

Benefits

  • Monthly payments for doctoral candidates during the stay in Germany: 1,200 euros. Please note that no scholarship payments made during stays at your home university.
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowances for up to three outward and return journeys unless these expenses covered by the home country or another source.
  • A research allowance
  • Travel and accommodation expenses according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law for your supervising university teachers for one trip of up to 10 days
  • to Germany to monitor progress
  • to your home university to take part in final examinations.

Please indicate the trips in the work and time schedule (see “Application documents”) when applying.

Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months in Germany may receive the following additional benefits:

  • monthly rent subsidy
  • monthly allowance for accompanying members of family. Please also read our important information for scholarship applicants / section F, point 3.
  • In the case of a disability or chronic illness: subsidy for additional costs which result from the disability or chronic illness and are not covered by other funding providers.
Selection

An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists reviews applications.

The selection criteria are:

Qualification

  • Academic achievements (grade point average, development of grades)
  • Academic progress
  • Knowledge of the language of instruction or working language
  • If applicable, scholarly achievements after graduation, (e.g. publications, lectures, conference papers)

Quality of research project

  • Quality of research proposal and preparation (originality, topicality and relevance of the project, choice of host institution and first contacts)
  • Feasibility and consistency of study plan and schedule (analysis and evaluation stages)
  • Incorporation of project within the overall doctorate (in terms of content and time), if relevant

 Potential of applicant

  • Career prospects: significance of the research project and stay in Germany for further academic, professional and personal development
  • Motivation: academic and personal reasons for wanting to visit Germany, German language skills (if different from working language)
  • Non-study-related activities: non-study-related knowledge and skills, civic engagement.

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