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. 507 PhD Design and Validation of Decentralized Navigation Algorithms for a Robotic Swarm
  2. Fellowship No. 506 PhD DeepSAR: The fusion of deep learning and physical models for extracting bio-physical parameters from SAR data
  3. Fellowship No. 504PhD Development of Global-scale Mapping, Monitoring and Validation Frameworks for Coastal Seascape Ecosystems using Modern Earth Observation Advances
  4. Fellowship No. 503 PhD Machine Learning in Remote Sensing for a Multi-scale 3D Reconstruction of the Built Environment
  5. Fellowship No. 500 PhD Deep Learning for Remote Sensing Video Understanding
  6. Fellowship No. 488 PhD Steerable high-performance antenna systems for global connectivity
  7. Fellowship No. 486 Senior Scientist Channel Coding for High-Speed Optical Links
  8. Fellowship No. 476 PhD / Postdoc Potentials of Photonic Beamforming with Application to Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging
  9. Fellowship No. 475 PhD Demonstration of Multistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Techniques and Applications using Drones
  10. Fellowship No. 472 PhD Potentials of Synthetic Aperture Quantum Radars
  11. Fellowship No. 470 Postdoc Deep Learning for Large Scale Earth Observation Data
  12. Fellowship No. 464 PhD Laser links communications and navigation in deep-space missions
  13. Fellowship No. 460 Exploring and comparing the potential of hyperspectral and hypertemporal EO data for local coastal analyses
  14. Fellowship No. 457 Postdoc Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) in integrated 6G-Satellite Networks
  15. Fellowship No. 456 PhD Swarm exploration of dispersal processes with cooperative mobile robots
  16. Fellowship No. 453 PhD Development of Algorithms for Global Soil Moisture Estimation using Multi-Parametric Synthetic Aperture Radar Systems
  17. Fellowship No. 447 PhD Demonstration of New SAR Techniques using a Ground-Based MIMO Radar
  18. Fellowship No. 401 PhD Radiative transfer models for simulating space-borne observations
  19. Fellowship No. 400 Postdoc Study of particle trajectories during the onset of collective effects using machine learning
  20. Fellowship No. 399 Postdoc Atomic Emission Spectroscopy in High Enthalpy Flows
  21. Fellowship No. 396 Postdoc Analysis of dual and fully polarimetric SAR dat for scattering characterization
  22. Fellowship No. 391 Postdoc Assessing the prediction potential of satellite data of global ship movements for economic
  23. Fellowship No. 375 Postdoc Sea Ice characterisation with TanDEM-X
  24. Fellowship No. 373 Postdoc Experimental study of large complex plasma systems
  25. Fellowship No. 364 PhD Data Analytics for Earth Observation sensor data
  26. Fellowship No. 349 Postdoc Level of Detail Processing and Management of Simulation Models for Interactive Earth System Analysis and Visualization
  27. Fellowship No. 331 Postdoc Light Scattering from Static and Dynamical Granular Media
  28. Fellowship No. 217 Postdoc Interactive Techniques and Methods for the Spacecraft Design Process in Virtual Environments
  1. Fellowship No. 502 PhD Computational molecular structure-property investigations of aerogels
  2. Fellowship No. 477 PhD Simulation of the phase diagrams of engineering alloys with a near-term quantum computer
  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. 502 PhD Computational molecular structure-property investigations of aerogels
  2. Fellowship No. 499 Senior Scientist Failure mode diagnosis in Electrochemical devices using electrochemical noise
  3. Fellowship No. 493 Postdoc Laser-based diagnostics to support combustor development
  4. Fellowship No. 413 Postdoc Chemical process engineering simulation of energy and chemical plants utilizing electrochemical ceramic membrane reactors
  5. Fellowship No. 411 Postdoc Design and development of a holistic layer model for complex maritime systems
  6. Fellowship No. 398 PhD Process system analysis of fuel flexible-, poly-generation Solid oxide fuel cell – battery hybrid systems
  7. Fellowship No. 367 Postdoc Feedstock evaluation for aviation biofuels production
  8. Fellowship No. 346 Postdoc Suspension plasma spray development for the functional layers in energy devices
  1. Fellowship No. 505 Postdoc Digitalization and Industry 4.0-Technologies in the Field of Material Testing and Joining for Automotive Applications
  2. Fellowship No. 502 PhD Computational molecular structure-property investigations of aerogels
  3. Fellowship No. 411 Postdoc Design and development of a holistic layer model for complex maritime systems
  4. Fellowship No. 403 PhD Thermoelectric transport in multi-band systems: comparison between experiment and modelling
  1. Fellowship No. 456 PhD Swarm exploration of dispersal processes with cooperative mobile robots
—————–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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