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DLR – DAAD Research Fellowships


„DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships“ is a programme implemented by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany´s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility for the forward planning and the implementation of the German space program by the German federal government as well as for the international representation of German interests. Approximately 8.000 people are employed in DLR´s 33 institutes and facilities at 20 locations in Germany.

Wer kann sich bewerben?

This special programme is intended for highly-qualified foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists. DLR-DAAD Fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each fellowship announcement will indicate the specific qualification requirements and terms of visit.

Was wird gefördert?

The current offers are published under DLR-DAAD Fellowships - Current Offers on the homepages of the DAAD and the DLR in the research fields:

  • Aeronautics
  • Space
  • Transportation
  • Energy

Please note that within the DLR-DAAD programme, you can apply only for a DLR institute, not for a university or any other institution.

Dauer der Förderung

  • Type A - Doctoral Students: 36 months
  • Type B - Postdoctoral Students: 6 to 24 months
  • Type C - Senior Scientists: 1 to 3 months


  • Doctoral Students (Doctorate in Germany): monthly instalment of 1.365 euros (plus allowance for materials of 102 euros); possible additional payments: e.g. flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance, family allowances
  • Postdoctoral Students (Research in Germany): 2.000 euros per month
  • Senior Scientists (Research in Germany): 2.300 euros per month

Weitere Informationen

For further information see:


Welche Voraussetzungen müssen erfüllt sein?

At the time of their application, applicants for a DLR-DAAD Fellowship must

  • be able to prove their outstanding study or research achievements,
  • Type A: have completed their studies or research with a university degree in the last six years,
  • Type B: have completed their studies with a PhD in the last two years,
  • Type C: applicants must be working in higher education or at a research institute; positions are open to outstandingly-qualified academics and scientists who should generally hold a doctorate/ Ph.D.,
  • have to submit an appropriate language certificate (see list of required documents),
  • not be of German nationality.


The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. Your referees should send their letters of recommendation by post to the application address.

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD's Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded!


1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal
Type A and Type B:

  • Online application form
  • Cover page
  • Statement of the reasons for applying for a certain Fellowship: Appendix
  • Complete curriculum vitae;
  • List of publications, if applicable;
  • Abstract of the final Master or PhD thesis (max. 3 pages);
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application
  • English language certificate giving evidence of the applicant's Level of proficiency (e.g. TOEFL CBT 213-240; TOEFL IBT 79-95, IELTS 6.5-7.0, CAE, C1)
  • German or English translation of documents submitted in the national language
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system

2. To be submitted by post to the application address

  • Two recent references from senior academics who provide information about your quailfications. Please regard the instructions given on the tab „Submitting an application“.

Applicants are not required to submit any confirmation of academic supervision.

Type C
Documents to be upload to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Cover page
  • Statement of the reasons for applying for a certain fellowship: Appendix
  • Complete CV
  • List of publications

Important notice for all applicants:
Within the DLR-DAAD programme, you can apply only for a DLR institute, not for a university or any other institution.

By applying for a Fellowship within the 'DLR-DAAD Research Fellowhips' Programme you give your
consent to the DAAD to forward your documents and your personal details to DLR and its relevant
institutions. The DAAD and the DLR will not pass on your details to third parties.

If an application deadline exists, it is mentioned in DLR-DAAD Fellowships - Current offers.

Please ask the referees to send the references to:

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Ms Cordula Behrsing
Section ST43
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Hinweise zur Bewerbung

  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process the application.

Informations- und Beratungsstellen

Ms Cordula Behrsing
Section ST43
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Postfach 200404
53134 Bonn


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