DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) for PhD in 2023/24

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTSDSH German
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level PH.D
  • Eligible Region/Countries


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  • Medium of Instruction EnglishGerman
  • Field of study Various Fields
  • Opportunity ID 74487
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • Duration 4 Years

Opportunity Description

Good News for all Ph.D. DAAD candidates! DAAD intends to increase the number of international doctoral candidates in structured graduate schools at German universities. Therefore, the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) for 2023/24 accepts international PhD candidates’ applications.

Who can apply?

Highly qualified doctoral applicants, young academics, and scientists holding a Master’s degree, Diploma, or, in exceptional cases, a Bachelor’s degree can apply for the GSSP. The candidates should have completed their previous degree by the time they start their scholarship application – depending on the graduate school.

This fully funded scholarship provides funding for a Ph.D. project at a structured graduate school at a German university. The GSSP tenure is at least for four years, depending on the graduate school.

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Please note that you can apply for GSSP only after applying to a participating graduate school.

Key Details

Application Deadline: Varies on schools

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Scholarships Duration: 4 Years

Funding Type: Fully Funded

Host University: German Structured Universities

Study Location: Germany

Study Level: Doctoral or PhD

Funding Organization: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Benefits of the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program

What should the applicants expect as a participant in the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP)?

  • Monthly stipend of € 1,200
  • Travel allowance
  • Payment for health, accident, and personal liability insurance
  • Research stipend of € 460 per year for scholarship recipients from the DAC List of ODA recipients’ countries or € 260 per year for scholarship recipients from other countries
  • Under certain conditions, the recipients may receive the following additional benefits:
  1. monthly rent subsidy (usually about € 50 to 125 per month)
  2. monthly payment of about € 200 per child and € 275 marriage allowance for accompanying family members
  3. assistance for additional costs initiating result from the disability or chronic illness
  • Preparatory German language course (if available, applicable at the starting date of the scholarship)
  • Material resources and supervision stipend of € 1,000 per year, paid upon application to the host institution.

Eligibility Requirements

Any student who meets the below criteria can apply for this scholarship:

  • Application is open to international PhD applicants from worldwide
  • Applicants should not have graduated longer than six years before the time of nomination and at the time when DAAD receives the nomination letter.
  • Candidates should not have been resident in Germany for more than 15 months before the nomination and when DAAD receives the nomination letter.
  • At the beginning of the scholarship or preparatory German course, candidates should have completed their studies with a master’s degree or equivalent.
  • Candidates should not have completed a PhD previously.

Required Documents

The applications should include the following required documents along with the application form in German or English:

  • Research proposal that the applicant has applied with at the participating graduate school
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of motivation (optional)
  • Planned research work schedule demonstrating possible field studies and stays outside Germany.
  • Certificates of bachelor’s and Master’s degree plus transcript of records indicating grades and home university’s grading system
  • Foreign language evidence required by the graduate school
  • Any documents proving completed practical work, like internship (optional);
  • List of publications (optional)
  • Confirmation of nomination


  • Applicants can submit the certified copies of all translated documents to DAAD only after receiving a Letter of Award
  • Candidates should inform the graduate school after completing their application via the DAAD portal.
  • The selection process can take up to three months, and candidates will get notification about the progress and completion of the selection process via the DAAD portal.

Application Process of the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program

GSSP is a program for which doctoral candidates cannot apply directly. Only after applying for a selected graduate program and receiving a nomination letter from the graduate program participating in the DAAD program can applicants upload their application documents for GSSP.

DAAD identifies the GSSP candidates by this two-step procedure:

Step One: the participating graduate schools advertise Ph.D. positions internationally, and following a selection process, they nominate the appropriate candidates for a DAAD scholarship by the hosting program.

Step Two: The nominees submit an online application with supporting documentation via the DAAD portal after receiving the nomination letter.


Note: Please find the list of funded and participating graduate schools for GSSP 2023 and 2024 and read the details by entering each school link.

Please check the detailed information on the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program on the official website of DAAD or details here.


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