The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world's largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and scholars. The DAAD is an association supported by the German universities and student bodies. The wide-ranging activities of the DAAD with its more than 250 support programmes include scholarship awards, the promotion of internationalisation of German universities, the strengthening of German studies and the study of the German language abroad and supporting developing countries in establishing effective universities. The DAAD also acts in an advisory capacity to decision-makers in education, academic foreign policy and development policy. The DAAD budget mainly derives from federal funding from various ministries, especially the German Foreign Office, the European Union as well as enterprises, organisations and foreign governments.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) congress and conference travel programme offers two independent line of funding. The following are funded:
1. Travel abroad to congresses, i.e. actively participating at a designated international scientific event (congress, symposium, etc.). Prerequisite: a close link between the research-related work/plans of the applicant and the topic/content of the event.
2. Lecture tours abroad, i.e. scientists travel (outside of congresses, symposia, seminars, workshops, etc.) abroad to report on their own current research results and scientific work and exchange experiences with scientists of the host country.
The programme is open to scientists of all disciplines. Applications for support for congress travel abroad must be submitted to the DAAD no later than four months before the first day of the congress.