Programme Description

The KAAD is the scholarship institution of the catholic Church in Germany. Applicants for this programme are from Central, Eastern and South-east Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and of catholic faith. In exceptional cases candidates may have differing denominations, if they are recommended by catholic partner organisations. Candidates must demonstrate good proficiency in German. Eligibility criteria include
  • international junior researchers and post-graduates
    - who have completed their studies in their home countries and wish to spend a research stay or broaden their scientific knowledge in Germany or
    - who wish to carry out post-graduate studies in Germany (including training for qualified physicians). Entire Master programmes will be sponsored only if they cannot be carried out in the candidates’ home countries

  • higher-education teaching staff invited to do short-term research stays of up to six months in Germany.
  • students carrying out a Master’s course in their home countries who are planning a regular research stay at a German higher-education institution of one semester. The stay in Germany should mainly aim at material gathering and interchange with German teaching staff within the context of the Magister/Master or Diploma thesis to be completed in the candidates’ home countries. Academic recognition of periods of study spent at the German higher-education institution in the country of origin should be ensured. Sponsorships are awarded to students from any subject area (with the exception of theology)


Target Group

students, graduates, doctoral candidates, PhDs or higher-education teaching staff demonstrating excellent academic performance and promise from Central, Eastern and South-east Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia interested in spending a period of study or a research stay at a German higher-education institution

Academic Requirements

degree course, doctoral or post-doctoral studies

Application Papers

Please fill in this http://www.kaad.de/en/stipendien/osteuropaprogramm/ and submit your request for funding to Markus Leimbach, Head of the Department for Central and East Europe: leimbach@kaad.de first. If you are eligible to apply, you will be forwarded the application forms via e-Mail.

Application Deadline

15 January (scholarships will be allocated in March) and 30 June (scholarships will be allocated in September) of each year

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