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A new round of the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme opens for applications on 4 April 2017. The application form is available below.

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 see a list of the projects funded for 2017-2018 (PDF 149.2KB)

Click here to see a list of the projects funded for 2016-17 (PDF 105KB)


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 Information

The application form is available to download below and must be submitted to a contact officer in the applicant’s university research office (not to Universities Australia). Contact officers are available in each participating Australian university. A list of contact officers is available below. 

Applications open on 4 April 2017 and close on 16 June 2017. Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in writing in October/November 2017. 

Project funding will commence in 2018.

The full terms and conditions of the scheme are available below and must be read before applying. 

A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions can be downloaded below.

All successful applicants will be required to download and complete a project report form to the relevant university research office at the completion of their project. For two year projects an interim report is also required on this form.

Application Form and Other Documents to Download


Application Form 2017 (DOCX 121.4KB)

Scheme Terms and Conditions 2017
 (PDF 314.6KB)

Contact Officers in participating universities 2017
 (PDF 63.9KB)

Project Report Form (DOCX 193.9KB)


Further information

Requests for further information about the scheme from potential applicants should, in the first instance, be directed to the relevant contact officer at the applicant’s university.

For all other enquiries contact: 

Ms Kerrie Thornton

Program Manager

Ph:  +61 2 4221 4675 

Email: k.thornton@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