Finding Scholarships

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.
Please also take note of our important scholarship information.

Please note:
The usage of the application portal is possible only to a limited extent with mobile devices. Please use your desktop computer. Technical requirements

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A print version of this announcement (PDF) is available in the further tabs (e.g. “Application requirements”).

Objective

To intensify German-Chinese research cooperation and improve funding opportunities for young Chinese scientists and academics, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the DAAD have offered a joint programme to support Chinese postdocs since 2013.

Who can apply?

Outstanding graduates from Chinese Universities that are part of the Chinese Double Excellence Program (former “985” or “211” Universities) and from institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

What can be funded?

The scholarship programme offers young Chinese scientists and academics the opportunity to carry out a research project at a university or non-university research institute in Germany.

Duration of the funding

The earliest possible funding period starts in July of the following year.
The funding duration is 7-18 months. After a 12-month funding period, a decision is made as to whether funding will be continued for up to 6 more months.

Value

Payments made by the CSC:

  • Monthly scholarship payments of 1.300 euros
  • Travel expenses for one outward and one return journey
  • Payment of visa fees

Payments made by the DAAD:
  • Monthly scholarship payments of 700 euros
  • Health insurance
  • Three-month language course in China (if necessary)
  • Two-day pre-departure training
  • Monthly research allowance for the German host institute of 200 euros

Selection

A selection committee consisting of experts from both the CSC and DAAD reviews applications.

What requirements must be met?

The doctoral degree should have been completed no longer than two years before the time of application. Doctoral candidates intending to complete their PhD by 31st July of the following year (application deadline November) are also eligible to apply.

Language skills

English: TOEFLiBT 80 or IELTS 6.0
or
German: DSH2 or TestDaF 14 or onDAF
Candidates who have none of the listed certificates can submit a language certificate issued by a professor from the host university. This certificate must confirm that the candidate's language skills satisfy the requirements of a research visit to Germany.

  • The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal.
  • A translation must always be provided with Chinese documents.
  • Please note that the access to the application portal only appears while the current application period is running. After the application deadline has expired, the portal for this programme is not available until the next application period.

Application documents

The requirements of the application documents of both funding organisations are not identical – more information is available on the websites of the China Scholarship Council (CSC). In addition, further information and forms concerning the documents to be submitted to the DAAD can be found on the homepage of the DAAD Beijing Branch Office.

1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • List of publications
  • Detailed and precise description of the research proposal (3 – 5 pages, signed by the German host professor)
  • Schedule of the planned research work agreed with the host institution (signed by the German host professor)
  • Letter confirming supervision from and CV of the German host professor
  • Other documents which support the application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements etc.)
  • University degree certificates (Bachelor, Master, if applicable PhD), each with degree details of degree awarded, graduation certificate, academic record (with explanation of the grading system)
  • Certificate of German language ability (onDaF, TestDaF, DSH2) or English language abililty (IELTS or TOEFL iBT or TEM)
  • Address sheet

2. To be submitted by post:
  • Two recent references from university lecturers providing information on the applicant’s qualification/ability. Please regard the instructions given on the tab “Submitting an application“.

Application deadline

The DAAD application must be made online via the DAAD Portal between 20th October and 20th November.

Application location

Beijing Branch Office
German Academic Exchange Service
Unit 1718, Landmark Tower 2, 8 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District
100004 Beijing
China, PR
Tel.: +86 (10)/6590-6656
Fax.: +86 (10)/6590-6393
E-Mail.: postmaster@daad.org.cn
WWW: http://www.daad.org.cn

Please note

  • Certificates, proof of credits, references and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. The DAAD will only request certified copies of documents submitted online if a grant is awarded.
  • Please note that the "Submitting an application" tab on the scholarship database only appears during the current application period. After the application deadline has expired, the portal for this programme will not be available until the next application period.
  • Applications will only be valid if all the required documents are submitted via the DAAD portal (see item 1) and by post (see item 2). The postmark date will serve as proof as to whether the application was dispatched on time.
  • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.
  • Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • Application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act and the EU Data Protection Regulation and insofar as this data is needed to process the application.

Information and advisory centres

Ms REN Jie
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Beijing Branch Office
Landmark Tower 2, Unit 1718,
8 North Dongsanhuan Road,
Chaoyang District,
100004 Beijing, VR China
phone: +86 010/6590 6656
E-Mail: Ren Jie
Homepage: http://www.daad.org.cn/

Ms LI Mei
China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Level 13, Building A3
No. 9 Chegongzhuang Avenue 8
100044 Beijing
Phone: +86-010/6609 3932
E-Mail: mli@csc.edu.cn
Homepage: http://www.csc.edu.cn

More detailed information

www.csc.edu.cn
www.daad.org.cn

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references (if necessary according to the call for proposals, see "Application procedure")
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, 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 referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you in a sealed envelope. In each case, please provide your referee with the application address thus enabling him/her to send the recommendation letter there direct.

Please note that the form for completion by a referee can only be generated during the application period (from about 6 weeks before the application deadline).
Please generate one form for each referee.

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices (except references and any work samples which you might have to submit) to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

4. Sending application documents by post
Please submit the required references (in sealed envelopes) and a work sample, if applicable, by post. Do not enclose any other documents that have not been uploaded in the portal!

Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. "Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples".

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-8888 or via e-mail portal@daad.de, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Please consider this when you are planning your application.

Basic-Requirements

Status: Doctoral candidates/PhD students
Postdoctoral researchers
Country of Origin:
Only specified

The scholarship for this programme is restricted to certain countries of origin. You can find an explanation for this on the details page of the scholarship programme under the application requirements.

Subject:
See list

Applicable to the following disciplines:

  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
  • Engineering
  • Art, Music, Sport
Further application requirements »