The Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt’ (DLR) and the ‘German Academic Exchange Service’ (DAAD) are offering the DLR–DAAD Research Fellowships, the new implemented programme.

About the programme:
  • DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
  • This special programme is meant for highly-qualified foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior
  • DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer outstanding scientists and researchers the opportunity to conduct special research at the institutes of the DLR in Germany.

Fellowship category and Duration

  • Doctoral Students: 36 months
  • Postdoctoral Students: 6 to 24 months
  • Senior Scientists: 1 to 3 months


  • For Doctoral fellowships, applicant must have completed the studies or research with a university degree,
  • For Postdoctoral fellowships, applicant must have completed the studies with a doctorate/PhD/Candidate (Russia)
  • For Senior Scientists fellowships, applicants must be working in higher education or at a research institute; positions are open to outstandingly-qualified academics and scientists who should generally hold a doctorate/ Ph.D.
  • All applicants must have an excellent knowledge of English (provide evidence of by submitting appropriate language certificates, TOEFL: 550/217); a knowledge of German is advantageous,
  • Applicant must have completed their last degree in the last six years (doctoral fellowships) or have completed their doctorate in the last two years (Postdoc fellowships) or assessed individually according to prerequisites (Senoir Scientist fellowships),
  • Applicant must not be of German nationality


  • Apply online via the DAAD online portal and send the following documents:
  • Application summary (pdf file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed, by email to
  • Referees should send the hardcopies of the letters of recommendation to the application address by post.
List of current offers:


  1. Fellowship No. 450: PhD Image Enhancement of High-resolution Aerial and Satellite Data with Data-Driven Algorithms
  2. Fellowship No. 449: PhD Deep Learning for the Detection and Classification of Volcanic Deformation Patterns from InSAR Estimates
  3. Fellowship No. 448: PhD Advanced image processing algorithms for forest biomass inversion from SAR data
  4. Fellowship No. 447: PhD Demonstration of New SAR Techniques using a Ground-Based MIMO Radar
  5. Fellowship No. 446: Postdoc Deep Learning for SAR, PolSAR and SAR Interferometry
  6. Fellowship No. 445: Postdoc Deep Learning for Semantic Understanding of Large Scale Earth Observation Data
  7. Fellowship No. 441: Postdoc 1D nanostructured and core/shell composition controlled synthesis of mixed metal oxides for gas sensing
  8. Fellowship No. 428: PhD Observational Causal Learning from Large-Scale Earth Observation and Health Data
  9. Fellowship No. 421: Postdoc Characterization of metallic phase change materials for electric vehicle heating applications
  10. Fellowship No. 401: PhD Radiative transfer models for simulating space-borne observations
  11. Fellowship No. 400: Postdoc Study of particle trajectories during the onset of collective effects using machine learning
  12. Fellowship No. 399: Postdoc Atomic Emission Spectroscopy in High Enthalpy Flows
  13. Fellowship No. 396: Postdoc Analysis of dual and fully polarimetric SAR dat for scattering characterization
  14. Fellowship No. 391: Postdoc Assessing the prediction potential of satellite data of global ship movements for economic
  15. Fellowship No. 379: PhD Distributed Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  16. Fellowship No. 375: Postdoc Sea Ice characterisation with TanDEM-X
  17. Fellowship No. 373: Postdoc Experimental study of large complex plasma systems
  18. Fellowship No. 369: PhD Atmospheric Measurement Devices for Optical LEO Networks
  19. Fellowship No. 364: PhD Data Analytics for Earth Observation sensor data
  20. Fellowship No. 349: Postdoc Level of Detail Processing and Management of Simulation Models for Interactive Earth System Analysis and Visualization
  21. Fellowship No. 331: Postdoc Light Scattering from Static and Dynamical Granular Media
  22. Fellowship No. 303: Postdoc In-network caching and content-aware routing for next-generation converged networks (satellite and terrestrial)
  23. Fellowship No. 266: Postdoc Granular Process Engineering in Space
  24. Fellowship No. 217: Postdoc Interactive Techniques and Methods for the Spacecraft Design Process in Virtual Environments


  1. Fellowship No. 441: Postdoc 1D nanostructured and core/shell composition controlled synthesis of mixed metal oxides for gas sensing
  2. Fellowship No. 415: PhD Simulation of the atomization and breakup of liquid fuels
  3. Fellowship No. 407: PhD Development of Physical Layer Testbed for Modular APNT
  4. Fellowship No. 360: Senior Scientist Accurate, low-cost temperature measurements in radiative high pressure environments for RQL-gas turbine combustors


  1. Fellowship No. 438: PhD Solar Research – Solar Fuels Production
  2. Fellowship No. 431: Postdoc Analysis of Reversible Gas-Solid-Reactions
  3. Fellowship No. 430: Solar Research – Solar Fuels Production “Development of solar reactors for solar fuels and chemicals. Experimental and numerical analysis”.
  4. Fellowship No. 418: PhD Solar Research – Solar Materials Conversion “Process modelling and potential analysis of solar processes for the generation of fuels and chemical commodities”
  5. Fellowship No. 416: Postdoc Simulation of turbulent spray combustion
  6. Fellowship No. 413: Postdoc Chemical process engineering simulation of energy and chemical plants utilizing electrochemical ceramic membrane reactors
  7. Fellowship No. 411: Postdoc Design and development of a holistic layer model for complex maritime systems
  8. Fellowship No. 398: PhD Process system analysis of fuel flexible-, poly-generation Solid oxide fuel cell – battery hybrid systems
  9. Fellowship No. 367: Postdoc Feedstock evaluation for aviation biofuels production
  10. Fellowship No. 346: Postdoc Suspension plasma spray development for the functional layers in energy devices


  1. Fellowship No. 444: PhD Material and device modelling for optimized Mg2Si based thermoelectric generators
  2. Fellowship No. 411: Postdoc Design and development of a holistic layer model for complex maritime systems
  3. Fellowship No. 403: PhD Thermoelectric transport in multi-band systems: comparison between experiment and modelling
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt’ (DLR) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Country Germany
Fellowship Level Postdoctoral/Doctoral
Subject areas Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline Open until filled

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