DAAD Project Funding (June 2024, central call for proposals)

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) promotes cooperation projects between German and international  universities with various programs. Many of these can be used for joint research projects between German and Japanese universities. On June 12, the popular programs PPP and PAJAKO for cooperation with Japanese universities were announced as part of the central call for proposals.

In principle, only the German side (Higher Education Institutions in Germany) can apply for the project funding.

The “Project Funding Programs” database provides an overview of all programs (in German).

On June 12, 2024 several project funding programs were announced, including the popular programs for cooperation with Japan PPP and PAJAKO.

PPP Joint Research (project-related exchange of people), including Partnership programs with the universities of Waseda, Tsukuba, Kyoto and NINS

  • 【Deadline: 2024/09/10】The program aims to initiate or strengthen binational research partnerships between German and foreign universities or research institutions, emphasizing the qualification of young academics. It supports the mobility and short-term stays of project participants, especially young researchers, for research activities in all disciplines. Further information (German only): www.daad.de/go/pf57739566
  • Please note: There are 5 different PPP program types for Japan depending on the Japanese partner institution, as explained in the document “Anlage 1: Länderspezifische Bedingungen – Ausschreibung 06/24”

PAJAKO – Partnerships with Japan and/or Korea

  • 【Deadline: 2024/09/10】The program aims to strengthen existing and initiate new bi- or trilateral scientific partnerships with Japan and Korea through partnership agreements between German institutions and their Japanese and/or Korean counterparts, with a focus on the qualification of young academics. It supports research, study, and teaching stays in Germany and the partner countries (Japan and/or Korea). Eligible participants include students after their second year, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and professors. Further information (German only): www.daad.de/go/pf57746376

ISAP – Internationale Studien- und Ausbildungspartnerschaften

  • 【Deadline: 2024/10/16】The aim of the programme is to establish long-term cooperation between foreign and German universities through bilateral student and lecturer exchanges and thus to establish and expand international structures at the German university. The programme supports the mobility and stay of students and teaching staff, support measures, work meetings, preparatory courses in Germany and alumni measures. Further information (German only): www.daad.de/go/pf57747300

Joint/Double Degree Programs – Integrierte internationale Studiengänge mit Doppelabschluss

  • 【Deadline: 2024/10/16】The aim is to develop and implement international degree programmes with joint curricula of the German and the foreign university(ies) for groups of highly qualified German and foreign students who study alternately at the German and the foreign partner university(ies) and obtain both national degrees (joint degree or double degree). Further information (German only): www.daad.de/go/pf57747286

The programs below were announced as part of the central call in April 2024 and can be used for cooperation with Japanese partners:

Alumni-Programm zur Fortbildung und Bindung internationaler Alumni aus Industrieländern (AA)

  • [Deadline: 2024/07/01] This program supports German universities in sustaining long-term ties with international alumni who have completed a degree or have spent at least three months studying, researching, or lecturing at a German university. Funding is provided for networking events and further educational opportunities for international alumni. Further information (German only): www.daad.de/go/pf57740227

BIDS – BetreuungsInitiative Deutsche Auslands- und PartnerSchulen

  • [Deadline: 2024/08/06] This program provides funding for information events about studying in Germany for PASCH students and teachers. The funding can also be used for partial scholarships, and student support measures for first-year students in German universities who graduated from PASCH schools. Further information (German only): daad.de/go/pf57740126

Förderung ausländischer Gastdozenten zu Lehrtätigkeiten an deutschen Hochschulen (ab Sommersemester 2025)

  • [Deadline: 2024/07/15] This program awards grants to guest lecturers from all countries and disciplines at German universities. Further information (German only): daad.de/go/pf57711766

Germanistische Institutspartnerschaften weltweit

  • [Deadline: 2024/08/12] This program provides grants for departments of German Studies within Germany and associated partner institutes abroad. Funding includes the development of new teaching concepts & curricula, study abroad, academic research and guest lectureships related to German Studies. Further information (German only):  daad.de/go/pf57739850

Internationalisierung der Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften “HAW.International”

  • [Deadline: 2024/07/10] This program supports German universities of applied sciences (UAS) with expanding their interdisciplinary partnerships and improving the international employability of their students. Funding comprises events, professional job trainings, marketing & public relations work and more. Further information (German only): daad.de/go/pf57740479

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