Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme (UA and DAAD) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funded scholarship opportunities

Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme (UA and DAAD) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funded scholarship opportunities

Interested in research collaboration with Germany?

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The scheme will support exchanges for Australian researchers and research candidates to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers and research candidates to spend time at Australian universities.

If you are interested in research collaborations with Germany you are also encouraged to explore the other DAAD funded scholarship opportunities in the DAAD scholarship database and information available at the DAAD Sydney Information Centre

1. Eligibility

Applications are to be submitted by an academic staff member on behalf of a research group including PhD candidates, Master of Research and MPhil students and Early Career Researchers. The research groups must comprise of people who are:

  • employed as an academic staff member in a teaching and research or research only role at the Australian university administering the application and with a contract at that university that is valid for the duration of the relevant funding period; or
  • enrolled for the duration of the relevant funding period as a PhD or Research Masters (MPhil and MRes) student at the Australian university administering the application and part of a research project application submitted by an eligible staff member at that same university.

The scheme is open to Australian researchers at participating Australian universities in all academic fields involved in a collaborative project with German research partners.

Proposals must provide opportunities for exchanges between early career researchers (defined as MRes, MPhil, PhD candidates and ECRs).

Applications are open to all Faculties and researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply.

2. Assessment Criteria

The main criteria to be used in assessing applications are:

  • the quality and feasibility of the research project (1/3);
  • the experience and track record of the participating researchers (1/3);
  • the level of involvement of early career researchers (1/3).

Other criteria include:

  • knowledge transfer between the Australian and German researchers;
  • lasting impact or wider effect of the cooperation (can include engagement with policy makers and/or industry).

3. What is being offered

The maximum amount of funding available per Australian application is AUD 12,500 per year for two years (funded by Macquarie University) Some universities may elect to fund projects at a lower level. Grants will cover the costs of economy airfares and living expenses and are provided directly by the applicant’s university.

4. How to Apply

Applications now open
Internal closing date for the Macquarie University expression of interest 2 May 2016. Applications must be submitted by email to research.preaward@mq.edu.au
The form and further details are available from your Faculty Research Manager
Interested MRes, MPhil and PhD candidates are encouraged to speak to their supervisors about submitting an expression of interest.

If your expression of interest is successful, you will be assisted through the Research office to complete the full Universities Australia application form. This form must only be submitted to the Macquarie University contact officer in the Research Office. This Application form, full Terms and Conditions and further details available at The voice of Australia's Universities page

Please note: your collaborating partner needs to submit a high quality application to the DAAD with the same project title by the closing date. Further details available at this page

5. Other DAAD funded scholarship opportunities

The DAAD's extensive scholarship database for students, graduates and academics offers applicants a wide range of tips and information to help them successfully apply for a scholarship for a course of study, a research assignment or a teaching assignment in Germany.

You are also encouraged to visit the DAAD Sydney Information Centre which provides contact details for Australians looking for information and also lists the funding and scholarship opportunities.

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