Australia-Germany Joint Research Co‑operation Scheme
Implications from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
Current travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to impact on the research stays proposed for 2020 under the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme. Universities Australia’s approach to this situation is to provide maximum flexibility to allow all research activities scheduled for 2020 to be carried forward into 2021 in consultation with the administering university, with no further approval required from Universities Australia.
Each university will be best placed to manage arrangements for their own researchers and Universities Australia is supportive of any measures needed in order for delayed research stays to take place when they are able to do so in the future. If your research stay has been impacted, please contact your university research office.
The Australia–Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme is an initiative 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 and supports exchanges for researchers from 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.
Before applying, please read the 2020 Terms and Conditions.
Proposals must provide opportunities for exchanges between early career researchers (ECRs). Projects that do not include ECRs will not be considered.
For the purpose of this scheme ‘early career researcher’ means:
- a PhD or Research Masters student enrolled at an 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.
All applications must be submitted with a nominated project leader that is a member of staff at the university.
Project leaders 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.
For further details please consult the 2020 Terms and Conditions.
How to apply
Applications for funding under the 2020 round of the scheme (funding to commence in 2021) will be accepted until 15 June 2020.
The 2020 application form can be found here.
Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in November 2020.
The guidelines used in assessing and selecting projects can be found here.
All successful applicants will be required to download and complete this project report form and submit it to the relevant university research office at the completion of their project.
Points of contact are available in each participating Australian university. A list of contacts is available here.
For all other enquiries contact:
Ms Grace Fox
Ph: +61 2 6285 8115
Email: [email protected]
German applicants should consult the DAAD website and can contact:
Mr Martin Müller:
Ph +49 (0) 228 882 8330
Email: [email protected]
Click here to see the 49 projects awarded funding in 2019.