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The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative (PDF 1.2MB) of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

It fosters research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member  universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes.

The scheme supports exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Australian universities. Researchers must be working on a joint research project with their German counterparts, rather than simply furthering their own individual research in Germany. The inclusion of early career researchers is a significant focus of this scheme.

Click here to download a brochure about the scheme and the projects funded in 2015 and 2016   (PDF 3.3MB)

Click here (PDF 126.4KB) to see the 71 projects awarded funding in 2018.



Australian applicants must be:

  • employed as an academic staff member in a teaching and research or research only role at the Australian university administering the application and with a contract at that university that is valid for the duration of the relevant funding period; or 
  • enrolled for the duration of the relevant funding period as a PhD or Research Masters student at the Australian university administering the application and part of a research project application submitted by an eligible staff member at that same university.

The scheme is open to Australian researchers at participating Australian universities in all academic fields involved in a collaborative project with German research partners. 

Proposals must provide opportunities for exchanges between early career researchers. It is encouraged but not compulsory to be an ECR to apply.

Application dates

The application form is available to download here  (DOCX 136.1KB)and must be submitted to the applicant’s university research office (not to Universities Australia) by 15 June 2018. Find the guidelines for selection here (DOCX 267KB)

Applications are now open and close on 15 June 2018.

Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in writing in November 2018. 

Project funding will commence in 2019.

Further information

The full terms and conditions (PDF 308.4KB) of the scheme are available here and must be read before applying. 

A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions can be found here (DOCX 154.9KB).

Contact officers are available in each participating Australian university. A list of contact officers is available here (DOCX 27.3KB). Requests for further information about the scheme from potential applicants should, in the first instance, be directed to the relevant contact officer. All completed application forms must be sent directly to the contact officer and not to the Universities Australia office.

All successful applicants will be required to download and complete this project report form (DOCX 193.9KB) and submit it to the relevant university research office at the completion of their project.

For all other enquiries contact: 

Ms Grace Fox

Policy Officer

Ph:  +61 2 6285 8115

Email: g.fox@universitiesaustralia.edu.au

German applicants should consult the DAAD website and can contact:

Mr Martin Müller:

Ph +49 (0) 228 882 833

Email: m.mueller@daad.de