DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

DAAD grants are available to academic staff and students in Ireland and the United Kingdom for study and research in Germany.

Last year’s funding brochure introduction quoted DAAD’s president, Professor Margret Wintermantel on the occasion of the UK’s EU-Referendum’s result. She ended “hoping that it will be possible for the exchange with the UK to continue without any restrictions”.

Well, times of uncertainty meanwhile unfortunately have not disappeared. The process of the UK leaving the EU has only recently begun. There are persisting and widespread concerns as to whether and how this will affect academic co-operation and mobility – bilaterally and on a wider European level.

DAAD’s London office is therefore particularly happy that with respect to Ireland their academic work can continue under more reliable conditions.

Irish partners will therefore appreciate an extension of one of DAAD’s programmes that until the end of the academic year 2016/17 existed for the US, Canada and the UK only, but from now on applies to Irish undergraduate students in science and engineering, too:

RISE Germany – Research Internships in Science & Engineering [pdf, 2,968.89k]  

(for details see page 7 in the booklet). 

Funding possibilities within DAAD’s RISE programme portfolio have become even wider for applicants from the UK and Ireland within the RISE Professional – Research Internships in Science and Engineering programme. 

It offers research internships of three months in the summer to Master’s and Ph.D. students.

About the DAAD

Founded in Heidelberg in 1925 on the initiative of a single student, the DAAD has since become one of the most important funding organisations worldwide for the international exchange of students and researchers.

Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. The DAAD is a registered members association made up of German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, provide developing countries with best practices in establishing universities and advises decision makers in the area of cultural, educational and developmental policy.

Scholarships for the best

The DAAD provides young people with the opportunity to gain international academic and research experience in Germany as well as worldwide. Most foreign DAAD scholarship recipients are Master’s students or doctoral candidates. Only very few scholarships are awarded at Bachelor’s level (to top students at German schools abroad).

The reason for this funding priority is that graduate students will have already proven their academic ability by completing their first degree, hence are more likely to benefit from a scholarship.

Worldwide Network of DAAD Offices

The DAAD head office is located in Germany. However, with 15 branch offices across the globe and a further 50 international information centres, the DAAD is represented by a worldwide network. Read more about the DAAD and  90 Years of Promoting "Change by Exchange".

Financed through public funding bodies, the DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation dedicated to promoting international exchange in higher education.


Funding for Study and Research in Germany

The DAAD Branch Office in London is the liaising office for the UK & Ireland


This website will help you to find information on:Germany as a study & research destination, DAAD funding for applicants from the UK & Ireland learning German, the DAAD Lektor programme in the UK and Ireland, and current events such as conferences, seminars, and competitions.