The special programme jointly run by the Helmholtz
Association and the DAAD is intended for highly-qualified
foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students. Helmholtz-DAAD
Fellowships offer excellent young scientists and researchers
from all around the world the opportunity to do research
at a Helmholtz Centre in Germany.
The Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest research
organisation with an annual budget of around 2.2 billion
euros and 24,000 staff concentrated in 15 research centres.
The Helmholtz Association works on solving the grand challenges
which face society, science and industry and concentrates
on researching systems of great complexity in the following
six research fields:
Earth and Environment
Structure of Matter
Transport and Space
Helmholtz-DAAD Fellows carry out research in one of these
fields and use the outstanding scientific infrastructure
which the Helmholtz Centres maintain.
Helmholtz-DAAD Fellowships are awarded just once a year.
The respective offer will be published usually in September
under “Current Offer” on the homepages of
the DAAD and the Helmholtz-Association. Please note that
the number and subjects of the fellowships in the Research
Fields offered by the Helmholtz Centres might differ from
call to call for application.
Fellowship Types and Terms
|| Funding Term
||Doctorate in Germany
|| 36 months
||Research in Germany
|| 12 to 24 months
Fellowships are always awarded for the length of the
research stay in Germany. The host Helmholtz Centre and
the fellow agree the length of this term.
||Possible Additional Payments
||Min. 975 euros
||e.g. travel expenses subsidy, health insurance,
1. be able to prove their excellent study or research achievements,
At the time of their application, applicants for a Helmholtz-DAAD
2. have completed their studies or research with a university
degree for Type A or with a doctorate/PhD/Candidate (Russia)
for Type B,
3. have an excellent knowledge of English, proven through
submission of appropriate language certificates (e.g. TOEFL:
550/217); knowledge of German is welcome,
4. in general be not older than 32 years (Type A) or have
completed their doctorate in the last two years (Type B).
Special note for applicants from the field of medicine:
A university degree is considered equivalent to the
German medical practice licence, the Approbation –
that is proof of at least seven years of medical training
and the licence to practise medicine in the home country.
Applicants are expected to submit the complete “Application
for a Helmholtz-DAAD Fellowship 2006/2007”.
Accompanying documents are listed in the Special Application
Applicants are not required to submit any confirmation
of academic supervision.
Applications may only be submitted to the DAAD Regional
Offices or to the relevant diplomatic and consular missions
of the Federal Republic of Germany. Direct applications
to the Head Offices of the DAAD or the Helmholtz Association
in Bonn, or to the Helmholtz Centres will not be accepted.
The DAAD regrets that it cannot consider incomplete applications.