Leibniz-DAAD Fellowship Program

Launched in 2011 by the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), The "Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship" offers highly-qualified recent foreign postdocs the opportunity to conduct special research at institutes of the Leibniz Association in Germany.

Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellows can do their research at one of the Leibniz-Institutes which are covered in the following (five) sections:

Section A: Humanities and Educational Research/ Geisteswissenschaften und Bildungsforschung

Section B: Economics, Social and Spatial Sciences/Wirtschaft- und Sozialwissenschaften, Raumwissenschaften

Section C: Life Sciences/ Lebenswissenschaften

Section D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering/ Mathematik, Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften

Section E: Environmental Research/Umweltwissenschaften Grants

Grants for postdocs can be awarded for up to a maximum of 12 months. The grant includes:

  • a monthly installment of €2,000
  • a monthly subsidy of €58  for the insurance for health, accident and personal/private liability in Germany (53 EUR per month has to be covered by the fellowship holder)
  • a two-months German language course (if desired)


Application Procedures

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD online portal:
· Online application form (available in the portal)
· Cover page
· Curriculum vitae
· List of publications
· Description of the research project (max. 3 pages)
· Detailed work plan and timeline (max. 1 page)
· Abstract of the doctoral thesis (max. 3 pages)
· Copy of the Master degree certificate
· PhD diploma
· University certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s) of the Master and the PhD studies (transcripts of records), incl. explanation of grading system
· Officially recognised English language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or confirmation of the English language skills by a university teacher of the applicant´s own choice. This does not apply to applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Documents to be sent to the DAAD application address by post:
Two letters of recommendation, which should be written by scholars of the applicant´s own choice: The form of the letter of recommendation has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referees (senior academics) and ask for the completed reference form to be sent to the application address in Bonn in a sealed envelope. References are confidential and should not be read by the applicant.

Please submit your application online through the DAAD online portal. Please be aware that only complete applications will be accepted.

Eligibility Summary

Applicants should: 

  • be able to prove their outstanding academic or research achievements
  • have completed their studies with a PhD or equivalent qualification; no more than two years should have passed since the thesis defence/viva voce, so that only PhD graduates who completed their thesis between January 1, 2015 and March 9, 2017 will be eligible to apply for a Leibniz-DAAD research fellowship for 2017/18; there will be a grace period till May 31, 2017 for those who have completed their thesis but not yet their defence/viva voce; 
  • pursue a project for which the respective Leibniz Institute can offer an adequate infrastructure and scientific environment and  have excellent knowledge of English (knowledge of German is welcome).

Annual Value

a monthly installment of EUR 2,000