DAAD "Kigaru ni Austausch Presentation Coaching" (Spring 2024)

© DAAD Tokyo/ Atsuko Kohata

Apply by April 28, 2024 to learn how to present in English like a professional with the guidance of bilingual expert Atsuko Kohata!

Presenting is a key competence for researchers and scientists. That is why the DAAD Regional Office Tokyo invites students and young researchers from Germany and Japan to apply to an intensive online presentation coaching. In direct conversation with bilingual expert Atsuko Kohata, you will learn how to improve your presentation techniques and effectively communicate your areas of interest to an international audience unfamiliar with the subject. After the coaching, you will give a presentation in English at the event series “Kigaru ni Austausch” in front of German and Japanese students and researchers supported by DAAD. A certificate of completion can be issued upon request.

How does the coaching work?

The coaching consists of five modules. Participation in all modules is required for completion. The program is held completely online. Between modules you will work on your individual presentations.

  1. Workshop: You get to know the other participants and your coach and get started on your presentation. Date: Saturday, May 11, 16:00-19:00 JST / 9:00-12:00 CEST
  2. First private coaching session: You will prepare the first version of your presentation and send a video recording to your coach in advance of the session. During the session you will receive feedback from your coach and define your individual challenges. Deadline: Finish your first session by Friday, June 7.
  3. Second private coaching session: You will refine your presentation and work on your individual challenges together with your coach. Deadline: Finish your second session by Friday, June 28.
  4. Third private coaching session: This will be the final lesson before you do your real presentation. Deadline: Finish your third session by Friday, July 19.
  5. Final presentation: You give your final presentation at a “Kigaru ni Austausch” event. Deadline: Finish before Friday, November 29.

You can find the detailed schedule and requirements here: PDF

Who can apply?

Applications are open to German and Japanese students (in their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral studies) and postdocs (doctorate within the past six years) of all subjects who have an interest in the other country and who can give a 15–25-minute talk in English. Students and postdocs of other nationalities can apply if they are receiving a DAAD scholarship in Japan.

How can I apply?

To apply, please fill in the following online application form by April 28, 2024:

Please apply only if you are ready to commit the necessary time and energy to this program (see schedule and requirements above).

*If more applications are received than there are places available, a selection of participants will be made. The selection will primarily be based on the originality and relevance of the proposed topic, but attention will also be paid to the balance between genders and nationalities.

About the trainer

picture of Kohata-san

Atsuko Kohata© Kohata Atsuko

Profile of Ms. Kohata in English (PDF)

About “Kigaru ni Austausch” and possible topics

You can learn more about the Kigaru ni Austausch event series and past presentation topics here.


Please contact Ms. Rachel Martin of the DAAD Regional Office Tokyo at

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