Victoria-Germany Bilateral Academic Exchange Program

Critical Dates

15 October 2021
5.00pm (AEST)

Applications close

TBA 2021

Outcomes released


The Victoria-Germany Bilateral Academic Exchange Program, delivered by VESKI and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is designed to improve international relations and encourage bilateral research cooperation with German universities.

The Bilateral Academic Exchange Program (the Program) is a 12-month pilot program that is open to all academic areas of research of Victorian universities, whereby five paired projects—each pair consisting of a Victorian and a German researcher (exchange academics) (PhD completed)—will be competitively selected for exchange. The Program provides financial support for the travel and living expenses associated with the exchange of collaborating academics between Victoria and Germany.


Funding can support onsite research, from 14 days to three months, at state or state-recognised institutions of higher education or non-university research institutes in Germany. Funding cannot be used to fund lecture tours or visits to congresses.

Academics from Victoria must be working at a Victorian university on a genuinely collaborative research project with German partners, not furthering their individual research in Germany (or vice versa).

The length of the grant is determined by the selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant’s work schedule. The grant is non-renewable.

UOM will contribute up to AUD $13,600 per award. This contribution will comprise of:

  • up to AUD $2,500 in travel costs for the UOM outbound academic; and
  • up to AUD $3,700/month for a maximum of 3 months in per diem expenses (calculated prorata) for the inbound German academic.

Noting that UoM will fund a maximum of two awards for the 21/22 round.


Applicants 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.

How to apply

  1. Register your interest and complete your application

    Victorian applicants must submit an initial registration via a dedicated Following the registration, the applicant will receive an email containing the link to complete the full application via the DAAD portal

  2. Submit the application in Themis

    Submit the completed application via Themis submissions for Head of Department approval. The scheme title in Themis is "Victoria-Germany Bilateral Academic Exchange Program".  For help with submitting via Themis, please see supporting documents section below.

Supporting documents

Themis submission instructions:,-contracts-and-submissions/create-a-grant-submission-record


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