DAAD Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)

The DAAD Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)

PhD PostGraduate
Deadline : August 31, 2021

Apply for the DAAD Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME) for postgraduate researchers at German Universities in Germany. This program was introduced in 2014 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with the major aim of supporting the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships.

The Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME) is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union providing funding for up to 18 months, for which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university.

PRIME is open to both Germans and foreigners, no matter whether they are currently living in Germany or abroad. You are eligible to apply if you already hold a PhD or if you will have completed your PhD before the prospective starting date of your PRIME fellowship


Once selected for the program, you will be eligible fir the following benefits

  1. The program Funding will be provided through an 18-month temporary job position at the selected German university. The position will be remunerated according to the appropriate rate for postdoctoral researchers
  2. DAAD will provide the respective universities with a grant agreement to cover the costs for the regular salary and an additional monthly expatriate allowance for the research stay abroad.
  3. An additional lump sum travel allowance in accordance with DAAD rates for the selected candidate and, if applicable, accompanying spouse or partner (within the meaning of the German law on civil partnerships)and children will be paid directly by DAAD.

Applicants must fullfull the following requirements in order to be considered for the program

  • Applicants must have completed their PhD before starting the fellowship;
  • candidates must comply with the programme’s mobility rule:
    • They are free to choose any country (except Germany) as destination for their research stay abroad, provided they have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country for more than 12 months in total during the three years preceding the application deadline of 31 August 2021.
    • Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention is not taken into account.
    • If the research stay abroad is to be undertaken in a country other than an EU member state (MS) or an associated country (AC), the applicant must either be a national/resident citizen of an EU MS or AC, or have been continuously active in research for five years’ full-time equivalent in a MS or AC, immediately prior to the time of recruitment. If this condition is not met, the applicant will be deemed ineligible
  • Applicants who are already permanently employed by the research milieu where the research training activities are planned to take place and that is recruiting them may not be supported;
  • Applicants must accept that the research stay abroad and the return phase to Germany are both mandatory parts of the programme

The following documents have to be submitted:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. Curriculum vitae with no chronological gaps and in tabular form in accordance with EU standards (or equivalent)
  3. Short summary of the research project with a clearly recognizable working title and an indication of keywords.
  4. A detailed and independently prepared research proposal upon which both the German and foreign host institutions have agreed on.
  5. Certificates of the two most recent academic degrees (usually doctorate and master or comparable degree) with a transcript of records.

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