Bi-nationally supervised Doctoral Degrees/Cotutelle are awarded to highly qualified doctoral candidates and graduates who have admission to a doctoral program at the time they begin their grant-supported research. The aim of this program is the funding of bi-national doctoral projects at the home university and at a university in Germany.

The program offers two options:

Option a) Doctorate with bi-national Supervision: The doctoral project is supervised both by a university professor at the home university and an academic adviser at the host institute in Germany (so-called "sandwichmodel"). The project must be coordinated with both supervisors. Based on this flexible, multi-phase country but subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctorate is completed in the home country with participation of the German academic adviser, the doctoral degree is awarded by the home university.

Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure: Funding of bi-national doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called "Cotutelle" procedure. The prerequisite is an individual cooperation contract between the participating universities about the doctoral project which is to be supervised. After successful completion of the doctorate, the German university and the foreign partner university award a doctoral degree together.

Applications are accepted once per year, usually in November.

Eligibility Requirements

Who can apply?

  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the US/Canada by the time of application deadline must have completed their last degree in the US/Canada or will complete it before the beginning of their funding period.
  • All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.
  • If you are a German national, you must have been residing in the US/Canada for 6 continuous years at the time of the application deadline. Please call our office to make sure you are eligible.
  • Depending on the nature of the project:
    Option a) Bi-national supervision following the "sandwich model": Applicants who have completed a Master's degree or Diplom (in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree) at the latest by the beginning of their scholarship.
    Option b) "Cotutelle" procedure: Applicants who have admission to a doctoral program at the latest by the beginning of their scholarship.

What can be funded?

  •  Option a) Doctorate with bi-national supervision following the "sandwich model" Research stays at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany as part of a doctoral program in the home country.
  • Option b) Doctorate following the "Cotutelle" procedure: Research stays at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education for the preparation of a doctoral thesis, which is supervised and carried out bi-nationally on the basis of an individually concluded cooperation contract.

 

Terms of Award

  • Monthly stipend in Germany
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
  • One-time research allowance
  • Travel and accommodation expenses according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law for supervising university teachers for one trip of up to 10 days
    - undertaken by the foreign university teacher to Germany to monitor progress
    - undertaken by the German university teacher to the home university of the scholarship holder to take part in final examinations.
    The nature of the trips should be specified in the work and time schedule submitted with the application.

Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months in Germany may receive the following additional benefits:

  • monthly rent subsidy
  • monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers the following services:

  • A very limited number of scholarship recipients may be awarded an additional two-month intensive language course grant. This is decided by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application.
  • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period.
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test taken either in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period.
  • As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.

For more information about the Cotutelle Doctoral Program, click here.

Funding Period

For both options the following apply:

  • The grant may also be used within the framework of several shorter stays. The length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule.
  • Applicants should outline how they plan to divide their time between Germany and the home university and, if applicable, specify plans to visit a third country (e.g. for the purpose of collecting material) in a work and time schedule in their application.
  • During stays at their home university, the grant is interrupted.
  • Option a) Bi-national supervision following the “sandwich model”:  The funding period begins October 1st. The initial award is for 12 months only. You must then re-apply for an extension. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.
  • Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure: Grants are initially awarded for up to 18 months; there is the possibility for a one-off study completion grant for up to 6 months.

Application Guidelines

The application takes place online through the DAAD portal. Your reference has to be sent by post to the DAAD New York office.

The portal will close automatically at 11 PM Central European Time (5 PM EST/4 PM CST/3 PM MTN/2 PM PST) on the deadline date. Applicants are advised to start the application process at least one week before the closing date.

1. Application Checklist

Please use this checklist to ensure you submit a complete application. These guidelines are region specific for North American applicants only. You will find some different details on the application portal and the DAAD Bonn website, such as maximum pages; the instructions on this checklist supersede any conflicting information potentially found elsewhere. 

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations maybe scanned in non-certified form, and uploaded to the DAAD portal.

2. Helpful Links for the Online Portal

3. After You Submit Your Application

  • Please DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL. You will receive an acknowledgement letter through the portal  8 weeks after the deadline.
  • Results will be announced through the Portal at the beginning of April.
  • Application decisions will not be accompanied with an explanation.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process applications.

Application Dates and Online Portal for Graduates

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

Application Dates and Online Portal for PhD-Students

Applications to this program are currently not possible. Please see the program details for more information.

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Questions?

  • Check out the Manual for Personal FundingOn this site, you can download manuals to assist with the personal funding section of the DAAD Portal.
  • If you seek technical support with the registration or the online application please e-mail portal(at)daad.de
  • If you have questions regarding the DAAD Long-Term Research Grants, please contact kim(at)daad.org(Kindly understand that questions already answered by information on our website cannot be answered separately).

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