14 February 2019


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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 co-operation.

It fosters research collaboration of the highest quality and supports exchanges for researchers from Universities Australia member universities 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 furthering their individual research in Germany. The inclusion of early career researchers (ECRs) is a significant focus of this scheme.

Click here to download a brochure featuring projects previously funded through the scheme  (PDF 3.3MB)

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



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

Australian applicants must be:
  • employed as an academic staff member with a contract that is valid for the duration of the relevant funding period in a teaching and research, or research only, role at the Australian university administering the application; 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.

Proposals must provide opportunities for exchanges between early career researchers (ECRs). Projects that do not include ECRs will not be considered. It is encouraged but not compulsory to be an ECR to apply. 

For the purpose of this scheme ‘early career researcher’ means: 

  • a PhD student enrolled at a participating Australian university;
  • a researcher who has had a Research Masters or PhD awarded within five years of the date of application; or 
  • a researcher who received their award more than five years before the date of application but who, due to career interruptions, has had less than the equivalent of five cumulative years of research experience.

Application dates

 Applications for funding to commence in 2020 will open on 3 April 2019.

Applications must be submitted to the applicant’s university research office (not to Universities Australia) by COB 13 June 2019.

Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in November 2019.

Further information

Scheme documentation for 2019 is in the process of being written. The documents below are from the 2018 application round and may be used for reference. 

All successful applicants will be required to download and complete 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


German applicants should consult the DAAD website and can contact:

Mr Martin Müller:

Ph +49 (0) 228 882 833