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New all-time high for DAAD funding

TU Chemnitz generated around 1.85 million euros in third-party funding from DAAD programs for international mobility and projects in 2019 – International Office supports application

In 2019, Chemnitz University of Technology recorded an increase in its income from programs of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the third year in a row: The DAAD's funding report shows around 1.85 million euros for TU Chemnitz, a new all-time high. This represents an increase of twelve percent or around 200,000 euros compared to 2018. The funds are divided into individual funding, which students or scientists apply for directly from the DAAD for scholarships and conference visits, for example, and the funding of projects, which support more extensive measures of internationalization at TU Chemnitz and its professorships.

New record in project and program funding - benefits for students and researchers

As in previous years, so-called project and program funding accounts for the largest share of DAAD funding: Here TU Chemnitz was able to raise 1,556,000 Euros - this is also a new record. "With the funding from DAAD programs, we can support our international activities to a special degree. Both our students and scientists benefit from this. The renewed increase in DAAD funding makes us proud," says Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl, Vice President for Academic and International Affairs.

DAAD funding at the professorships enables, among other things, the supervision of international doctoral students, the organization of international events or joint research projects with partners all over the world.

In 2019, the Chemnitz professors were particularly successful in two DAAD funding lines: In the "Transformation Partnerships" program, a further increase to 407,000 euros was achieved. The "University-Business-Partnerships between higher education institutions and business partners in Germany and in developing countries" also contributed to the good results of TU Chemnitz with 189,000 Euros.

Background: Application for professorships at TU Chemnitz

Despite the difficult conditions for international projects in 2020 due to the corona pandemic, the DAAD continues to advertise its programs. The next central call for proposals is on October 1, 2020, with the majority of the program calls being published on the central call dates in April, June and October.

"Professors who are planning to apply for DAAD funding should make use of the extensive advisory and support services offered by the International Office (IUZ)," says Eibl, promoting the services that Chemnitz University of Technology offers applicants: The IUZ website not only announces the current DAAD calls for proposals, but also provides the most important information at a glance. The IUZ also advises on the adaptability of project ideas to the funding programs, assists in the preparation of project descriptions and, in particular, in financial planning.

If an application requires the approval of the University Management, the IUZ obtains this approval. Interested professorships are advised to take advantage of this offer at an early stage.

For further information about DAAD funding programs, please contact the Deputy Head of International Office, Annett Müller, Tel. 0371 531-37922, E-Mail

(Author and Translation: Annett Müller)

Matthias Fejes

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