Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience

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Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)

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) and the European Union (EU/FP7/Marie Curie Actions/COFUND). Funding is provided for 18 months, in 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.

Programme Evaluation

After completing three PRIME application/selection cycles, DAAD has commissioned an intermediate programme evaluation in December 2016. The evaluators’ final report has been adopted by the DAAD Directorate in July 2017. We thank all stakeholders for their important contribution to the evaluation process through participating in personal interviews or online surveys. You will find the evaluation results and the evaluators’ recommendations in the executive summary:

Executive Summary (German)
Executive Summary (English)


This is the schedule for the current application/selection cycle:
Announcement of the call: 1 May 2018
Application deadline: 31 August 2018
Selection: February 2019
Earliest starting date: 1 April 2019

Call for applications 2018 (German)
Call for applications 2018 (English)

The application form will be available at 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 Status “Promovierte” (position), 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 given deadline.

Information for applicants/FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Selection criteria/Reviewers’ comments


Curriculum vitae (EU standard)
Declaration German host university (form 1)
Ethics Issues Checklist (form 2)

Choosing the host institutions

The contact to the envisaged foreign host and to the German university must be established by the applicant. To get an overview of recent research topics and international cooperations of German Universities, we recommend DAAD’s/DFG’s Research Explorer and the Research map, a service provided by the German Rectors’ Conference.

Hereafter please find a list of German universities, listed in alphabetical order, which have already nominated a contact person for the P.R.I.M.E. programme:

PRIME contact persons at German universities

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

Information for the German host university

Information on project funding

Fellowship holders

List of fellowship holders 2014
List of fellowship holders 2015
List of fellowship holders 2016
List of fellowship holders 2017


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