Below, we have summarized the most important DAAD scholarship programmes for students and researchers from Japan.

For a comprehensive list of all available scholarships, please refer to the DAAD scholarship database. In this overview, we give only short descriptions of the funding programmes. For further information, please follow the links to the official announcements.

DAAD-Funding Programmes

Scholarship Programme Adressees Short description Duration Link to database
Research Grants Young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diplom, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree Doctoral Programmes at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany.
Selection process:
1. Screening of the application documents
2. Interview (only long-term scholarships)
Long-term: 7-48 months

Short-term: 1-6 months

Doctoral Programmes in Germany
Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees
One-Year Grants
Short-Term Grants
Study Scholarships for Graduates of all disciplines Graduates who have completed a first degree (Bachelor, Diplom or comparable academic degree) Participation in a postgraduate Programme after a first undergraduate course of study for the purpose of technical or scientific specialization.
Selection process:
1. Screening of the application documents
2. Interview (only long-term scholarships)
between 10 and 24 months depending on the chosen study programme Official announcement
Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Arts (Architecture, Music, Visual and Performing Arts) Foreign applicants from the areas of Architecture, Music, Performing Arts as well as Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film A postgraduate degree leading to a final qualification, or further training that does not lead to a final qualification. between 10 and 24 months depending on the chosen study programme Official announcements:
Architecture,
Music,
Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film
Intensive Language Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates Students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as doctoral candidates in any subject area except German studies; Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period.
German language skills which must at least be equivalent to level A1 and at most to level B1.
The programme supports attendance of language and area studies courses which are offered by a German language institute in the Federal Republic of Germany. about 8 weeks Official announcement
University Summer/Spring Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates Students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in any subject area. Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period.
In principle, applicants must provide proof of a minimum language level of B1.
The programme supports the attendance of language courses and seminars in the field of area studies. about 4 weeks Official announcement
Study Visits by Groups of Foreign Students University teachers from a foreign university. Study trips for groups of a maximum of 15 students accompanied by one university teacher. 7- 12 days Official announcement
Re-Invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders Former holders of DAAD research grants or study scholarships (Funding over 6 months) Research and working projects at a university or non-university research institute in Germany. 1 - 3 months Official announcement
Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme
Freitag
Postdocs (PhD qualification not more than 2 years ago) Fellowship at Leibniz institute in Germany,
Support of the further internationalization of German science and research institutions.
12 months Official announcement

Funding Porgrammes offered by other organizations

Institution Short description
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers various funding Programmes for researchers as well as Sponsorship Programmes for Postdoctoral Scientists and Scholars.
Max Planck Insitute

The Max Planck Institute mainly offers scholarships for doctoral candidates, postdocs and experienced scientists:

Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association mainly offers scholarships for doctoral candidates and postdocs:

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) mainly offers scholarships for doctoral candidates, postdocs and experienced scientists:Research Training Group

Leibnitz Institute Foreign Visiting Scientists at Leibniz-Institutes: www.leibniz-association.eu
Frauenhofer Institute For further Information please refer to www.fraunhofer.de/en/jobs-career.html
IAESTE The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience places internships at German firms.
Erasmus Mundus The EU provides scholarships for students and teachers as part of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme.
Research in Germany Find information and announcements of scholarships for doctoral students and researchers in Germany. https://www.research-in-germany.org/en/research-funding/funding-programmes.html
Jasso The Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) provides a comprehensive scholarship database: https://ryugaku-shogakukin.jasso.go.jp/scholarship_abroad/page?action=swfglsearchjasso
MEXT The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) also offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students from Japan going abroad: http://www.tobitate.mext.go.jp/