Leibniz–DAAD Research Fellowship Programme 2016 for International Postdoctoral Researchers to study in Germany.


Application Deadline: 9 March 2016

The Leibniz–DAAD Research Fellowship programme is jointly carried out by the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Leibniz-DAAD fellowships offer highly-qualified, international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently completed their doctoral studies, the opportunity to conduct research at a Leibniz Institute of their choice in Germany
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants should
  • be able to prove their outstanding academic or research achievements,
  • have completed their studies with a PhD or equivalent qualification (no more than two years should have passed since graduation), and pursue a project for which the respective Leibniz Institute can offer an adequate infrastructure and scientific environment.
  • have excellent knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of German is welcome
Terms of the Fellowship
  • Fellowships can be awarded for 12 months and include:
  • a monthly instalment of €2,000,
  • a combined health, accident and personal liability insurance as well as long-term care insurance in Germany,
  • a research allowance of €460 per annum and
  • a two-months German language course in Germany (if desired). Family-related allowances or support for travel costs are not provided.
Application Requirements
  • At the time of application (date of submission of the application) applicants for a Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship must neither hold German nationality nor have resided in Germany for more than six months

Research Offerings

  • Leibniz-DAAD research fellows can undertake their research at the Leibniz Institutes listed in the following links:
  • Section A: Humanities and Educational Research/Geisteswissenschaften und Bildungsforschung
  • Section B: Economics, Social Sciences and Spatial Research/Wirtschafts-und Sozialwissenschaften, Raumwissenschaften
  • Section C: Life Sciences/Lebenswissenschaften
  • Section D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering/Mathematik, Natur-und Ingenieurwissenschaften
  • Section E: Environmental Sciences/Umweltwissenschaften
Application Documents
1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD online portal:
  • Online application form (available in the portal)
  • Cover page (available in the portal)
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • List of publications;
  • Description of the research project (max. 3 pages);
  • Detailed work plan and timeline (max. 1 page);
  • Abstract of the doctoral thesis (max. 3 pages)
  • Copy of the Master degree certificate;
  • PhD diploma;
  • University certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s) of the Master and the PhD studies (transcripts of records), incl. explanation of grading system;
  • Officially recognised: English language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or confirmationof the English language skills by a university teacher of the applicant ́s own choice.This does not apply to applicants whose mother tongue is English
  • Documents to be sent to the DAAD application address by post:
  • One copy of the « Application summary », which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed;
  • Two letters of recommendation, which should be written by scholars of the applicant ́s own choice: The form of the letter of recommendation has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section « Request reference » after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referees ( senior academics) and ask for the completed reference form to be sent to the application address in Bonn in a sealed envelope. References are confidential and should not be read by the applicant.


Application address for the documents mentioned under point 2:
Ms Cordula Behrsing
Section ST43
German Academic Exchange Service
PO Box 200404, 53134 Bonn, Germany
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