Australia–Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (UA–DAAD)

Critical Dates

5 April 2023

Call opens - UoM applicants must submit a Themis Submission

21 June 2023, 5:00pm

Applications due

November  2023

Outcomes released


The Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia (UA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The scheme supports exchanges for researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at the University of Melbourne. Proposals must include an early career researcher.

Although UA coordinates the scheme in Australia, awards are funded by the participating universities with DAAD in Germany funding the corresponding German activity. This scheme is classified as an internal grant.

Universities Australia maintains a webpage on this scheme: Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme – Universities Australia

German applicants should consult the DAAD website


The maximum funding available per Australian application is AUD 12,500 per annum for up to two years (AUD 25,000 across 2024 and 2025). This amount is not intended to be split between the Australian and German collaborators; the German researchers will receive a separate stream of funding from the DAAD. The maximum amount of funding available per German application is EUR 12,000 per year (EUR 24,000 across 2024 and 2025).

Funding through the scheme will cover the cost of:

  • return economy airfares; and
  • living expenses up to AUD 250 per person per day or AUD 3,500 per person per month.


The eligibility requirements for this scheme are as follows:

  • The Lead applicant must hold an appointment at the University of Melbourne at Academic Level A (6) or higher and 0.5 FTE or higher at the time of application and for the duration of the award.
  • Honorary employees whose primary academic affiliation is the University of Melbourne are eligible to lead the application if their primary employer has entered into an agreement with the University for the support of the Australian component of the collaborative activity; or may participate at their own expense if they are otherwise unaffiliated (for example, they hold an emeritus position). Previous recipients may not currently reapply to the scheme. The relevant Heads of Department/Units must endorse applications.
  • PhD candidate enrolled at the University are eligible to receive funding through this scheme but an eligible UoM staff member must be the Lead applicant.
  • Lead applicants can lead only one application per round. However, they can be a named non-lead participant on other applications.
  • All applications must involve an Early Career Researcher (ECR). ECRs are defined as PhD candidate enrolled at UoM, researchers with a PhD awarded within five years of the application or researchers who, due to career interruptions, have had less than the equivalent of five cumulative years of research experience.

How to apply

  1. Read and complete the application package

    Visit the UA-DAAD scheme page and review the Eligibility, Terms and Conditions, Assessment Criteria, and download an Application Form. Complete the package as directed.

  2. Submit the application in Themis

    Submit the completed application via Themis submissions for Head of Department approval. The scheme title in Themis is "Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme".  For help with submitting via Themis, please click the link below for the guide:

    How to Create a Themis Submission Record

  3. Submit the application to RIC

    Submit the approved application, along with all CVs, in a single PDF document named [AUSTRALIAN LEAD SURNAME] UA-DAAD 2024 e.g. SMITH UA-DAAD 2024. Submit to

  4. Ensure German collaborating partner submits a corresponding application to DAAD

    The German collaborating partner must submit a corresponding application with the same project title to the DAAD in Germany by the closing date.

Supporting documents


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