Australia–Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (UA–DAAD)

Critical Dates

13 June 2019
5.00pm (AEST)

Applications close

November 2019

Results release


The Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia (UA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The scheme supports exchanges for researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at the University of Melbourne. Proposals must include an early career researcher.

Although UA coordinates the scheme in Australia, awards are funded by the participating universities with DAAD in Germany funding the corresponding German activity. This scheme is classified as an internal grant.

Universities Australia maintains a webpage on this scheme:

German applicants should consult the DAAD website:


Melbourne applicants can request up to $AUD 25,000 to support travel over two years (maximum of $AUD 12,500 per year). DAAD will award German applicants up to EURO 16,000 over two years (maximum of EURO 8,000 per year).

Eligible expenses:

  • Return economy airfares from Australia to Germany
  • A per diem of either $A250 per day or a maximum of $A3,500 per month per person for each day spent at the host German institution, or at other locations in Germany necessary for the project activity.


The eligibility requirements for this scheme are as follows:

  • Lead applicants must be employed as continuing or contracted academic staff at the University of Melbourne at the time of application and for the duration of the project. Honorary and adjunct academic staff are not eligible to apply. Honorary researchers from the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, the Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and the Medical Bionics Department are also not eligible to apply.
  • PhD students enrolled at the University are eligible to receive funding through this scheme but an eligible UoM staff member must be the Lead Applicant.
  • Lead applicants can lead only one application per round. However, they can be a named non-lead participant on other applications.
  • All applications must involve an Early Career Researcher (ECR). ECRs are defined as PhD students enrolled at UoM, researchers with a PhD awarded within five years of the application or researchers who, due to career interruptions, have had less than the equivalent of five cumulative years of research experience.

How to apply

  1. Read and complete the application package

    Visit the UA-DAAD scheme pageand review the Eligibility, Terms and Conditions, Assessment Criteria, and download an Application Form. Complete the package as directed.

  2. Submit the application in Themis

    Submit the completed application via Themis submissions for Head of Department approval. The scheme title in Themis is "Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme".  For help with submitting via Themis, please click the link below for the guide:

    How to Create a Themis Submission Record

  3. Submit the application to RIC

    Submit the approved application, along with all CVs, in a single PDF document named [SURNAME of Australian Lead Applicant] DAAD-UA2019 e.g. SMITH DAAD-UA2019 Submit to

  4. Ensure German collaborating partner submits a corresponding application to DAAD

    The German collaborating partner must submit a corresponding application with the same project title to the DAAD in Germany by the closing date.

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