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.
The Leibniz Association is an umbrella organisation currently consisting of 88 independent research institutions located throughout Germany. It has an annual budget of over €1.6 billion. More than 18,100 people are employed at Leibniz Institutes, 9,100 of whom are scientists working in the humanities and educational sciences, the social sciences, economics, business administration, regional and life sciences, as well as in mathematics, the natural sciences, engineering and environmental research.
All Leibniz Institutes have an interdisciplinary approach. They conduct problem-oriented research and provide scientific infrastructures of national and international significance. Leibniz Institutes foster close cooperation with universities, other research institutes, and industry in Germany and abroad. Leibniz researchers uphold the highest standards of excellence. Their aim is to offer research-based solutions to current challenges facing society. The Leibniz Association has developed a comprehensive system of quality management: Independent experts assess each institute at regular intervals.
Leibniz Institutes contribute to clusters of excellence in fields such as mathematics, optical technologies, materials research, bio-medical research, environmental research, bio- and nanotechnology, as well as biodiversity, economic policy, and educational research.
The Leibniz Association is structured into five scientific sections. Further information is available online at http://www.leibniz-association.eu
The DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies.
In addition to awarding grants and scholarships, it supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision-makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. Its budget (approx. €440 million in 2014) is derived mainly from the federal funding for various ministries, primarily the German Federal Foreign Office, but also from the European Union and a number of other enterprises, organisations and foreign governments.
The DAAD runs over 250 programmes, through which it funds more than 74,000 German and foreign scholars worldwide each year.
Further information is available online at http://www.daad.de
Leibniz-DAAD research fellows can undertake their research at the Leibniz Institutes listed in the following links:
Fellowships can be awarded for 12 months and include:
Family-related allowances or support for travel costs are not provided.
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.
1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD online portal:
2. Documents to be sent to the DAAD application address by post:
Please submit your application online through the DAAD online portal.
Deadline: 9 March 2016
Application address for the documents mentioned under point 2:
Ms Cordula Behrsing
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
PO Box 200404, 53134 Bonn, Germany