Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships in Germany

The Leibniz–DAAD Research Fellowship programme is jointly carried out by the Leibniz Association (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft 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.

Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association is an umbrella organisation currently consisting of 91 independent research institutions located throughout Germany. It has an annual budget of over €1.7 billion. More than 18,500 people are employed at Leibniz Institutes, 9,300 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.


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 2 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. €470 million in 2015) 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.

Research Offerings

Leibniz-DAAD research fellows can undertake their research at the Leibniz Institutes listed on our website. Only Leibniz Institutes listed under the above links can accept fellows this year.

Projects that do not correspond with the activities of the chosen institute can not be considered.

During the application process, you have to provide the name of a host scientist and department at the chosen Leibniz Institute.

Terms of the Fellowship

Fellowships can be awarded for 12 months and include:

  • a monthly instalment of €2,000,
  • a combined health, accident and personal liability insurance as well as long-term care insurance in Germany,
  • a research allowance of €460 per annum and
  • a two-months German language course in Germany (if desired).

Family-related allowances or support for travel costs are not provided.

The fellowship period must commence between September 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

Application Requirements

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.

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).
Application date
9 Mar 2017
12 months
Europe Germany
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Award granted
€ 2.000/month + insurances + research allowance