Hi there!

This is our first edition of the DAAD Australia Newsletter in 2021. We hope this newsletter finds you well. Stay up to date with what has been happening and what to look out for in regard to DAAD's activities in Australia and Germany!

From news about changing heads at the helm of the DAAD in Germany as well as DAAD's focus on sustainability through international university cooperations to scholarship programs and their deadlines to our new webinars. These are a few of the topics covered in this current issue of our DAAD Australia newsletter!

We hope you enjoy the newsletter!

With kind regards from Sydney,

Katharina McGrath, Silke Schoppe & Stefanie Herta

The DAAD Farewells Secretary-General - Dr. Dorothea Rüland
DAAD Secretary General Dr Dorothea Rüland
The DAAD farewells after more than ten years at the head of the DAAD: Secretary-General Dr. Dorothea Rüland left office at the end of January 2021.

In an interview, she speaks about global challenges, the future of academic exchange, and formative personal encounters. The interview can be read here.

As announced in our last newsletter Dr. Kai Sicks takes over from Dr Rüland.
Study in Germany Virtual Fair on
German-Language Study Programmes 
Are you interested in German-speaking higher education programs?

The DAAD is pleased to announce that 18 German higher education institutions will be taking part in this free virtual fair to present to you their programs, and answer any questions you may have - in real-time!

In addition, the highly qualified "Make it in Germany" team will be offering professional advice on how you can find your career in Germany.
The virtual fair will be held between 9 am to 12 pm & 3 pm to 6 pm German time (CET & GMT+1) on the 24th of March, 2021.

Stay tuned via our social media for upcoming updates and registration links to the event!
Sustainability in the DAAD:
Our Contribution to the 2030 Agenda

Focus on sustainability: How the DAAD helps to overcome global challenges by promoting international cooperation - in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Together with German universities and their international partners, the DAAD makes important contributions to the global sustainability goals. Find out more about these and on sustainable mobility here.
Upcoming DAAD Australia Events
with Focus on Sustainability

Science Lecture: “Waste-free Future – Perspectives from Australia and Germany“.
Hybrid Event (live-stream on Social Media)

Topics such as the following will be covered:

  • SmartRecycling – AI and Robotics for a sustainable Circular Economy
  • Business models for reducing plastic waste along the value chain: towards innovative trends in Retailing
Symposium: “Bioeconomy and Circular Economy – Tackling Global Challenges on a Global Scale”

Topics such as the following will be covered:

  • Importance of Bioeconomy and its relation to climate change and sustainable development goals/Australia’s Bioeconomy Policy
  • German-Australian Cooperation in the field of Bioeconomy
  • Industry-Research Connections and their importance in driving bioeconomic development & Research
  • Bioeconomy 2030 – Germany’s National Research Strategy and Funding Measures

Stay Tuned for the Announcement of Event Dates!
DAAD Research Ambassador Positions Available
Call for applications
For three new DAAD Research Ambassadors to join the program until the end of 2021
We would like to encourage researchers from specific areas/universities such as from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory or regional universities in particular. If you are interested or know of any suitable candidate, please follow the link to the information about the Research Ambassador Program that includes what is expected in these roles together with the application procedure.
Upcoming Scholarships, Grants & Programs

Call for applications
The Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence in April 2021
(26.04.2021 – 30.04.2021)

You are an experienced PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher in the field of artificial intelligence who is looking for a new experience? The Postdoc-NeT-AI offers the opportunity to participate in an intensive virtual program where you connect to leading German researchers in your field. Further, we support customized one-week information-visit to Germany as soon as the COVID-19 situation permits it.
 The funding includes:
  • participation in a virtual tour program and arrangement of one-on-one meetings;
  • participation in various information sessions and other
  • activities prior to the virtual tour and as follow-ups;
  • financial and organizational support of a tailored individual onsite-visit to relevant institutions in Germany.

Deadline: 08 March 2021
More information
Call for Applications
Research Grants – Short-Term Grants
The primary aim of this program is to promote research projects within the context of doctoral programs.   
Excellently-qualified doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diplom, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research. 

Deadline: 08 April 2021
Call for Applications
Research Stay for Australian University Academics
The aim of this particular programme is to support short-term research stays and the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues. University teachers and established academics who have usually completed a doctoral degree and work at a university or research institute are eligible for application.

Deadline: 08 April, 2021
Call for Applications
Study Visits for Academics: Artists & Architects
The study visits for academics program aims to enable lecturers from the fields of Fine Art, Design, Film, Music, Architecture as well as Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, etc.) to apply for a supported study visit for the purpose of artistic cooperation with a German host institution.

Deadline: 15 April 2021
Research in Germany:
A Note on the Coronavirus Pandemic

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has had and still has a huge impact on Germany as well as the entire world. We are currently faced with the situation of not being able to act as host to thousands of international students and researchers as we were before the crisis.

Universities and all educational institutions in Germany remain in reduced operation and use virtual formats to comply with the current rules of social distancing. However, we remain a welcoming destination for talented students and researchers from around the world. Travel restrictions within and to the EU are slowly being lifted. Yet, the dynamics of the pandemic are unpredictable.

Therefore: If you intend to apply for research positions, please make sure to get in touch with the respective institution to inquire about the current situation. Read on here
Australia-Germany Research Network Conference 2020
Platform still online until May 2021!
Recordings of all panels and keynotes are accessible via the platform (after registration):

Stay Tuned for the Announcement of the Conference in 2021!!
Alumniportal Deutschland
Free of charge and open to all alumni who have studied, worked, or conducted research in Germany, the Alumniportal Deutschland is a worldwide social network designed to promote networking and opportunities between Alumni, universities, companies, and organisations.

The Alumniportal Deutschland provides you with access to a range of services including news from German institutions, events, advanced training programs, virtual fairs, webinars and tools to improve your command of German!

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On-Site + Online: FUBiS Berlin International Summer and Winter University FUBiS
is an intensive academic (on-site and online) program of Freie Universität Berlin through which students can earn credits. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks - both in summer and winter.
Students can choose between subject classes (mostly taught in English) and German language courses and participate in a rich cultural program.

Join us at the Online Experience Days of the University of Mannheim

The Online Experience Days of the University of Mannheim are the perfect opportunity to find out more about our degree programs – all you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone. Save the date for our Master’s Day on 18 March 2021 or our Bachelor’s Day on 12 June 2021.
Join Us!
For further information or comments, please email us at info@daad-australia.org.
You can also download previous newsletters from our website.