Supporting potentials, strengthening networks, sharing expertise

These are the DAAD’s central fields of activity, dedicated to shaping international academic relations and foreign academic policy in the age of the Anthropocene. The DAAD is optimally positioned to carry out these tasks. As the internationalisation agency of German higher education institutions, it continually develops its portfolio together with its member organisations. Thanks to the diversity of its activities and programmes, it can systemically and sustainably achieve its goals. Its presence in more than 100 countries worldwide serves as the foundation for these activities.

International higher education and research are integral components of a larger global-political context which also play a key role in shaping their development. These general conditions have undergone enormous transformation in recent years. At the same time, the global landscape of academia, research and innovation has been shaped by dynamic developments and shifting influence around the world.

Against this backdrop, foreign academic policy has become increasingly important. One major challenge is to define and represent the interests of German higher education and research, while also considering the interests of our partner countries and organisations. Engaging in international discourse, the DAAD continues to defend the values, to which the German academic system owes its strength: working in partnership, promoting academic freedom and contributing to finding common solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This can only be achieved when science, politics and civil society work hand-in-hand.


DAAD scholarships are aimed primarily at graduates, doctoral students and postdocs and are awarded for study and research visits to universities and research institutions in Germany. In some programmes, internships are also funded.

DAAD awards Research Grants – Short-Term Grants for PhD students and postdocs and Research Grants – One-Year Grants for Doctoral Candidates from nearly all countries of origin.

For a language course in Germany, you can apply to the University Summer Courses and University Winter Courses programmes.

grant for a full doctoral programme in Germany is offered to applicants from developing and threshold countries.

Scholarships for a Master’s degree in Germany are available, for persons from industrial countries.

Research stays for University Academics and Scientists

  • Application deadlines: 1 October for stays as of February of the following year; 1 April for stays as of August. The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. A copy must be submitted by post to the DAAD Information Centre in Johannesburg.
  • Value: An appropriate flat-rate travel allowance will be paid.

Bilateral Exchange of Academics

  • Together with the National Research Foundation (NRF), DAAD offers a programme for the exchange of scientists.
  • Application deadline: 1 October for stays as of February of the following year; 1 April for stays as of August.
  • Value: DAAD takes charge of the stay expenses in Germany.

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The Forum Internationale Wissenschaft invites applications for Visiting Professorships “Internationalization of Higher Education in Times of Global Crises“ (full-time, for 6 months within the period from 1 October 2021 until 30 September 2023, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD).

Dear partners and students,

The International Relations Office at the University of the Western Cape extends our well wishes to you during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to extend our solidarity with our university partners – with compassion. The University has taken the necessary decision to postpone all inbound and outbound international travel and engagement until further notice.

However, we remain committed to our international partners, students and researchers, as well as to the broader society, to utilise our connectedness to offer intellectual contributions that seek to bring a measure of insightful scientific rigour and empathy to all those affected by the crisis. It is together, with unity of purpose and with our diversity and compassion, that we can continue to work with solidarity in service of humanity.

Additional information can be found on the UWC main site

Yours sincerely,


Umesh Bawa

Director of International Relations