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DAAD Scholarships for foreigners

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Country Code: P161
Name of Programme: DAAD Scholarships for foreigners
Organisation responsible for the programme: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Type of organisation: Other
Country: Germany
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Starting Date 1950
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
The DAAD is a joint organisation of Germany’s higher education institutions and is responsible for promoting international academic relations, primarily through the exchange of students, academics and researchers. The DAAD is the agency responsible for raising the international profile of Germany’s higher education institutions and simultaneously serves as a “mediating organisation” in the government’s foreign, European, development and higher education policies. The first objective of DAAD is to promote outstanding young foreign academics as a means of winning future managers, executives and leaders in education, science and research, culture, business and industry, in politics and the media as partners and friends of Germany. (Goal 1)
Priority actions
To promote outstanding young foreign academics at German universities and research institutes
- General individual grants and scholarships for foreign students, trainees and
interns, (post)graduates, academics and researchers, artists and administrators
- Support and placement programmes for trainees and interns
- Short-term programmes for fact-finding and study trips
- Language courses and specialised courses
- Alumni networks

Management and coordination
As an association under private law, the DAAD is governed by the DAAD Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly (members: 229 higher education institutions and 123 student bodies). Their tasks include supporting, monitoring and being involved in the development of the strategic plans and new programme concepts. The self-governing nature of the DAAD includes a policy of all funding decisions being made by independent academic Selection Committees.

The DAAD’s German Head Office in Bonn is the home and registered office of the executive management, where the majority of its staff work, and the hub for all of its national and international activities. The DAAD also maintains an office in the German capital Berlin and 14 Regional Offices around the world. At the end of 2007, the number of permanent, project and external staff in Germany and abroad was approximately 600 altogether.

Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
The DAAD funds the academic and personal training of outstanding young foreign academics at German universities and research institutes by awarding scholarships and grants largely financed from the budget of the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The DAAD provides its former scholarship holders (alumni) with follow-up and support services that extend beyond the funding term in Germany, a policy that serves to create a worldwide network of leading professionals who have positive ties and relations with Germany.
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