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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 aims to foster 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 will support 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 support of early career researchers and junior scholars is a significant focus of this scheme.

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. However it is not compulsory to be an ECR to apply.  Researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply.  

Application Dates

Applications open on 4 April 2016 and close on 17 June 2016. Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in writing in November 2016. Project funding will commence in 2017.

The application form is available to download here (DOCX 832.6KB)

Further information

The full terms and conditions of the scheme are available here (PDF 138.5KB) and must be read before applying. 

The full list of projects funded in 2015 can be downloaded here (PDF 105KB).

A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions can be downloaded here (PDF 167.5KB).

Contact officers are available in each participating Australian university. A list of contact officers is available here (PDF 52.8KB). Requests for further information about the scheme from potential applicants should, in the first instance, be directed to the relevant contact officer. 

All successful applicants will be required to download and complete this project report form (PDF 688KB) and submit it to the relevant university research office at the completion of their project.

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