DAAD Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience

In 2014 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) initiated the programme “Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience” (PRIME) to support the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. The programme has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The European Union co-funded the programme until 2019 (EU/FP7/Marie Curie Actions/COFUND). Support is provided for 18 months, of which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period.


Current application/selection cycle: 
Open for applications: 15 May 2023
Application deadline: 31 August 2023
Selection: February 2024
Earliest starting date: 1 June 2024

Review the following call closely, it will answer most of your questions:
Call for applications 2023/24 (German) [pdf-file]
Call for applications 2023/24 (English) [pdf-file]

The application form is available in the application portal. To get to the portal please click on Stipendiendatenbank für Deutsche, fill in “Fachrichtung” (subject of your research), “Zielland” (country of the period abroad) and “Programme für: Promovierte”, and select the programme.
Please mind the instructions on registering on the portal, choose English as portal language, activate, if necessary, the compatibility view of your browser and choose English as browser language. After registration in the portal, please click on the tab “personal funding“.

Please note that the selection committee will only consider applications that are complete and submitted prior to the deadline.

Information for applicants/FAQs

Sample Application Form [pdf-file] (1-7)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Selection criteria/Reviewers’ comments
Help-Page for the DAAD Portal


Declaration German host university
(form 1, word [docx-file]/pdf [pdf-file])
Invitation German host
(form 2, word [docx-file]/pdf [pdf-file])
Ethics Issues Checklist
(form 3, word [docx-file]/pdf [pdf-file])
Checklist Application Documents
(form 4, word [docx-file]/pdf [pdf-file])

Choosing the host institutions

Applicants must establish contact with the foreign host and the German universities on their own. We recommend GERiT – German Research Institutions (a service provided by the German Research Foundation-DFG, the German Rectors’ Conference-HRK and DAAD) to get an overview of recent research topics and international cooperations of German Universities.

Some German universities, listed in alphabetical order, have nominated a contact person for the PRIME programme:

PRIME contacts at German universities

Please be aware that other German universities, that did not specifically nominate a contact person, are equally eligible as host institutions for a PRIME fellowship.

Information for the German host university

Information on project funding [pdf-file]

Mobility with disability or chronic illness [pdf-file]

PRIME yearly report template 2022 [docx-file]

PRIME yearly report template 2023 [docx-file]

Fellowship holders

List of fellowship holders 2014
List of fellowship holders 2015
List of fellowship holders 2016
List of fellowship holders 2017
List of fellowship holders 2018/19
List of fellowship holders 2019/20
List of fellowship holders 2020/21
List of fellowship holders 2021/22


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Please pay attention to the FAQ section on this website.
We will gladly answer further questions and kindly ask you to use the following email-address.

E-mail: prime@daad.de

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