German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service Association ( DAAD) is a joint institution of the German universities and student organizations to cultivate their international relations. It was founded on January 1, 1925 due to a private student initiative in Heidelberg, 1933 gleichgeschaltet was dissolved in 1945 and re-established on August 5, 1950. Its headquarters are located in Bonn; President since early 2012, Margret Wintermantel.

  • 4.1 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize
  • 4.2 Theodor Berchem Prize

Tasks and objectives

The DAAD claims to be the world's largest funding agency for the international exchange of students and scholars. Since its inception in 1925, the DAAD has supported more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad.

However, his work goes far beyond the awarding of scholarships out: The DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German language and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision-makers in cultural policy, education policy and development policy.

With more than 250 programs of the DAAD supported around 74,000 German and foreigners around the globe in 2010. The range extends from a semester abroad for young students up to doctoral studies, from internships to guest lecturer, from finding visit to the establishment of universities abroad. The international activities of German universities supported by the DAAD marketing services, publications, events and training.

Scholarships for foreigners are usually advertised on the German embassies, the DAAD branch offices, information centers ( IC), DAAD lecturers and partner universities abroad. Contact the DAAD for German students usually conveys the International Office ( International Office ) a university. An exception is the Berlin Artists Programme of the DAAD, which is aimed at visual artists, writers and musicians.

The DAAD is also National Agency for the coordination and implementation of the EU's programs in the field of education and vocational training:

  • Socrates / Erasmus,
  • Leonardo da Vinci and
  • Tempus.


The budget of the DAAD comes mainly from public funds, but also from private donors and organizations (as of 2012):

  • Foreign Office: € 178 million
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research: € 99.0 million
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: € 38.0 million
  • European Union: € 58.0 million
  • Other: € 38.0 million



The President ( see table ) represents the DAAD outward.

The Executive Board of the DAAD are the universities ( presidents, rectors or head of the International Offices ), three student body representatives and a representative of the Donors' Association for German Science at next president and vice president nine representatives (m / w). The board members are elected by the General Assembly, with the student representatives must have the majority of votes and the student bodies. The representatives of the universities, all four, chosen by the student bodies every two years. Furthermore, co-opted as guests

  • Representatives of the financing federal ministries (AA, BMBF and BMZ),
  • The President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), the Goethe Institute and the Alexander von Humboldt -Stiftung ( Humboldt Foundation ) and
  • The Secretary of the Standing Conference ( KMK).

The General Assembly meets once a year.

Office, branch offices

The office of the DAAD is led by Secretary General Rüland. In 2011, the financial volume totaled 383.6 million euros, the number of plan, project and external funding agencies around the DAAD funded 850 2011 68 972 students, graduates, scientists, artists and administrators: 42 454 came from abroad to Germany, 26 518 German accumulated experience in the world. In addition, 2011 33.944 persons from EU funds were promoted. For this, the DAAD is the " National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation " responsible, which also coordinates internships and exchange of faculty and other staff of the university administration, in addition to the study abroad.

In addition to its headquarters in Bonn ( Kennedy Allee 50 ), the DAAD maintains a Berlin office, which is located in the Science Forum Berlin. The Berlin office is also affiliated with the prestigious Berlin artists program. A network of branch offices and information centers liaise with partner countries on all continents and advises on site.

The DAAD employed (2012) 843 employees, of which the vast majority, 591, paid from project and external funding.

DAAD Friends eV

Foreign students with DAAD scholarship are cared for in Germany by former German DAAD scholarship holders who are members of the DAAD Friends eV. The Circle of Friends was founded in 1981 and has approximately 1,500 members nationwide. In many university towns, there are regional groups that organize the care of foreign scholars.

DAAD circles of friends former foreign scholarship holders are available in many countries.


Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize

The DAAD awards an annual Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize to scientists from abroad for " outstanding work in the fields of Germanic literature and linguistics, German as a foreign language, and Germany studies ". The award, in memory of the linguist and founder of the German Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, is endowed with 10,000 euros and connected to a four-week research stay at a German university.

Theodor Berchem Prize

Named after the longtime president Theodor Berchem and € 10,000 prize for international and intercultural engagement was announced for the first time in 2011 and will in future be awarded every two years. Funded by donations, he is awarded by an international jury. The first winner was the rector Burkhard Rauhut Aachen.


The statutory form of the name is " German Academic Exchange Service ", in legally binding writing with the addition eV. In his publications, the association used to illustrate the acronym DAAD also the variants " Exchange Service " ( see adjacent photo ) and " Exchange Service "(cf. DAAD site ).