DAAD Scholarship Programme for Cooperative Research

The DAAD program “German Colonial Rule”, funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, invites young researchers to apply for DAAD Cooperative Research scholarships for Ph.D. thesis projects.

The scholarship will enable recipients to obtain a doctorate in Germany. They will have one supervisor from a university in Germany and one from a co-operating university in Africa or the Asia-Pacific region, and they will be able to carry out research in archives and at universities in Germany, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
Scholars from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region are particularly encouraged to apply.
By funding projects in this field, the program aims to create a shared space for research on the history of German colonialism and racism, thus laying the foundation for long-term research partnerships.

Duration: 4 years


  • A monthly scholarship payment of 1,200 EUR for doctoral candidates
  • Travel allowance
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal/ private liability insurance cover
  • Annual research allowance
  • Travel allowances for archive and research work;
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for the student’s supervisors from Germany and the cooperating university, to enable them to monitor progress, participate in workshops, etc., in accordance with the German Federal Travel Expenses Act (BRKG)

Additional benefits include:

  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying family members
  • In the case of a disability or chronic illness: subsidy for additional costs which result from the disability or chronic illness and are not covered by other funding providers:


  • Scholars from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are open to excellently qualified researchers aspiring to complete a doctorate on the history of German colonial rule and the role of German authorities and organisations.
  • Applicants must have an above-average university degree that entitles them to enrol in a doctoral programme.
  • Applicants should also have graduated no longer than 6 years ago. 
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Application Process

A complete application must include the following:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (3 pages maximum)
  • List of publications (3 pages maximum)
  • Summary of Master’s dissertation (2 pages maximum), if available
  • Detailed research proposal (10 pages maximum), including a detailed schedule of the planned research work in accordance with the time frame indicated under “Duration of funding”.
  • University degree certificates indicating final grade(s) (Bachelor’s and Master’s)
  • All university certificates covering all annual examinations with individual grades (transcripts of records), including an explanation of the grading system.

Deadline: August 31, 2021.

For more information and application on DAAD Cooperative Research scholarship, visit the official site.