Newsletter #56 - DAAD Australia
Dear Alumni and friends of the DAAD,
With this new edition of the DAAD Australia newsletter we would like to share the latest news about DAAD’s activities in Australia and Germany, exciting scholarship programs for students and grant options for academics, research opportunities with Germany, virtual event announcements themed around collaborative research between Australia and Germany and more.
We hope you will enjoy this newsletter!

Keep an eye on the deadline for your preferred DAAD scholarship program and last but not least: please note, our newsletter will be delivered to your mailbox more frequently - from now on every two months!

Kind regards from Sydney,

Katharina McGrath, Silke Schoppe & Stefanie Herta

DAAD Information Centre in Sydney
c/o Goethe-Institut Sydney
90 Ocean Street
Woollahra, NSW 2025
Phone 0413 592 504
Australia-Germany Research Network Conference 2020
The Australia-Germany Research Network Conference 2020 brought together more than 260 registered German and Australian researchers and stakeholders from universities, research organisations, funding agencies, industry and government to discuss current challenges and opportunities for German-Australian research cooperation.
The program included a welcome by the German Ambassador to Australia, HE Dr Thomas Fitschen; keynotes by Dr Amanda Caples (Lead Scientist of Victoria), Prof Joybrato Mukherjee (DAAD President) and Catriona Jackson (CEO Universities Australia) and a DVC-R panel (UniSA, MQ, QUT & Swinburne) centered around the effects of the current pandemic on international research collaborations.
Furthermore, four interactive workshops with expert researchers discussing German-Australian cooperation in focus areas such as digitisation in education, smart cities, space research, and bioeconomy were offered and well received by the participants. Opportunities for individual or group networking and an information session on study and research programs in Germany concluded the program.

The event platform will continue to stay online and available for networking until mid 2021. Recordings of all panels and keynotes are accessible via the platform (after registration):
Panel Discussion, moderated by Dr Erol Harvey: "International Research Cooperation and Engagement with Germany –Challenges and Opportunities in Times of COVID"
Prof Christopher Barner-Kowollik, DVC-RI Queensland University of Technology
Prof Bronwyn Fox, DVC-RE Swinburne University of Technology
Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington, DVC-RE University of South Australia
Prof Sakkie Pretorius, DVC-R Macquarie University
Upcoming Scholarships, Grants & Programs
Announcement: *Please note that some of the below scholarship deadlines are currently being updated & may change in accordance to COVID-19 developments.
Call for Applications - Deadline: 30 October, 2020

Study Scholarships - Postgraduate Studies in the Field of the Performing Arts

This program funds projects in the artistic field of the Performing Arts (Drama, Theatre Directing/Theatre Dramaturgy, Musicals, Performance Studies, Dance, Choreography). Other DAAD scholarship programmes are available for applicants from the fields of Theatre and Dance Studies or for artists with a scientific project.            
Call for Applications - Deadline: 16 November, 2020

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.   
Call for Applications - Deadline: 30 November, 2020

Study Scholarships - Postgraduate Studies in the Fields of Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film

This program funds projects in the artistic and creative area and offers graduates the opportunity to continue their education in Germany with a postgraduate or continuing course of study. The scholarships also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.     
Call for Applications - Deadline: 1 December, 2020

Artists-in-Berlin Program

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program is one of Europe’s most prestigious grants. Each year around 20 visual artists, writers, filmmakers, composers and sound artists are invited to Berlin to focus on their work and engage with the city’s vibrant art scene. Writers, filmmakers and composers/sound artists are encouraged to apply now through December 1, 2020.
Upcoming Virtual Events
STEM Virtual Fair for Researchers
24 Nov 2020
Online, 8am – 12pm, Germany
5pm – 9pm, Australia

For graduates, PhD students, postdocs. Learn more about your STEM research options in Germany! Meet representatives of German universities and research and funding organisations online.Get information on academic career paths, the German research landscape, completing a doctorate in Germany, funding, admission procedures. You can visit multiple booths, each representing a German university or research institution. Each booth offers a wide array of information on doctoral positions and research openings, programs and study opportunities. You can also talk to recruiters and scientists from all the exhibiting higher education institutions via one-to-one online chats. More Information here
European Research Days 2020 – Australia & New Zealand
25-27 Nov 2020

European Research Days 2020 – Australia & New Zealand is a flagship event of EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand organised in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and the Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand.
Katharina McGrath, director of the DAAD Information Centre Sydney, will chair a high-level panel on "R&I Dimension of Universities and their European Relations"
Virtual Symposium: Linguistic Diversity in a time of crisis

Following on from the recently published special issue of Multilingua devoted to “Linguistic Diversity in a time of crisis“, we are pleased to announce an online symposium, where contributors to the special issue will discuss Language challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are two parts:
5-7pm AEDT
6:30-9pm AEDT

Both events will be live-streamed on Bilibili

The online symposium is convened by Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University), Yongyan Zheng (Fudan University) and Jia Li (Yunnan University).
It is co-hosted by Fudan University, Yunnan University, Hamburg University, and Macquarie University, and funded under the Hamburg-Macquarie-Fudan Trilateral Partnership Agreement.
You are cordially invited, and please help us share information about this free symposium with your colleagues and students.
Virtual Event: Conversation about
Die anderen Leben /The Other Lives
4 Nov 2020
Online via Zoom, 8pm, AEDT

In conversation with authors Sabine Michel and Dörte Grimm about their book Die anderen Leben.
This event celebrates the 30th anniversary of German Reunification.
Whenever the GDR is being criticised, people feel criticised who have lived in
this state. That makes conversations within families about their experiences
in the GDR, very difficult. Many remain silent but with this silence grows anger.
The book “Die anderen Leben” is the result of an initiative to encourage
children and parents to sit down and talk to each other. “Die anderen Leben”
draws fresh perspectives onto East German experiences and crosses generational drifts.
Joint event between the German Department University of Melbourne, DAAD, Goethe Institute Melbourne and the network Third Generation East
Links to Bookmark: Changes for Applicants and Scholarship Holders

Reminder on Recent Changes For Foreign Universities

  • Foreign Universities: The DAAD kindly asks all project leaders and member universities to cancel all DAAD-funded trips to Germany until further instruction. The DAAD apologies for any inconvenience caused, and will generally endeavour to seek accommodating arrangements for the projects/stays funded. Alternatives such as postponing the stay/project, or undertaking them virtually is recommended. Further information (in German)

Are you a student/academic/researcher currently in Germany and are urgently looking for a part-time job or are experiencing financial difficulties?

Please visit: (in German)

  1. DE - Das Land Hilft
  2. EU - Help Unity
  3. DE - Zenjob
  4. DE - Studentenwerke - Studieren in der Pandemie: FAQs für Studierende
The DAAD Information Centre (IC) in Sydney
& How to Get in Touch

In light of continuing and developing public health orders of New South Wales, our Information Centre in Sydney has closed until further notice. However, like many in response to COVID-19, we continue to work remotely and remain available for all concerns and queries through e-mail, phone and teleconferencing during normal business hours, Mondays to Fridays.

  • By Telephone: +61413592504
  • Through Teleconferencing: please contact us via e-mail, and our staff will arrange an appointment and provide you with an access link.
  • By E-mail:

We would love to hear from you and help achieve your academic goals with the DAAD during this very difficult time.

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DAAD Regional Office Australia, 90 Ocean Street, Sydney NSW 2025, 
legally represented by Dr. Dorothea Rüland, 
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Katharina McGrath, Silke Schoppe, Stefanie Herta
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