Dear DAAD Friends and Alumni!🎓

Welcome to our last edition of the DAAD Australia newsletter of 2022.

As the year draws to an end so does the tenure of Katharina McGrath as director of DAAD Australia. We, the team of the Information Centre in Sydney, wish Katharina well on her future journey and endeavours she embarks on. We thank her for her dedication and commitment to the German Australian academic exchange programs.

Katharina's accomplishments are further described in her own words below.

This Newsletter includes also information and updates on our key topics:

·     DAAD Budget: Strong Increase for 2023

·     DAAD Short-Term Funding Programs will be on offer again in 2023

·     DAAD Australia Website Relaunch

·     The DAAD's Plans for Climate Neutrality by 2030

·     Wissenschaft weltoffen - Report 2022

·     8% Rise in International Students puts Germany in Top Four

·     Research in Germany - December Newsletter

·     DAAD congratulates Leibniz Prize Winners

·     DAAD Australia Alumni Association News

We are sending our best wishes for the festive season: wishing you peaceful holidays and a wonderful start into the new year 2023!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Katharina McGrath, Silke Schoppe und Michael Rieke

DAAD Australia - Information Centre Sydney

Festive Season Details

The Information Centre will be closed

from 22 December to 02 January 2023.

From 03 January we will be available again. For enquiries and information, please contact us by



Teleconferencing: please contact us via email, and we will arrange a Zoom meeting and provide you with an access link.


Katharina McGrath

Director of DAAD Australia

DAAD IC Sydney team

So long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen & Goodbye


After more than four years in Sydney and 8.5 years of being affiliated with the DAAD in total, the time has come for me and my family to move on to our next adventure. I have very much enjoyed supporting the DAAD's activities in Australia in the past years, none of which would have been possible without my wonderful, creative, out of the box-thinking team in Sydney - thank you, Silke Schoppe, Michael Parsons, Stefanie Herta & Michael Rieke and many more!

I commenced my position in Australia at roughly the same time as the grand DAAD Alumni event in 2018, which gave me the opportunity to connect with many bright and talented people - some of which have continuously supported our endeavours through their work as Research Ambassadors or by partnering with us for events and initiatives.

The Australia-Germany Research Network, inaugurated in 2019, certainly is one of those! A big “Dankeschön” goes to the German diplomatic missions in Australia for their continued support – specifically Judith Reinhard, Jens Hoch, Michael Rosemann and their teams were invaluable “partners in crime” throughout the years. Then Covid spiced things up quite a bit, but we quickly found our way back onto our virtual feet and managed to organise an international conference including virtual matchmaking within a few months, a virtual Symposium, virtual Falling Walls competitions (in partnership with Euraxess AU-NZ and the Australian Academy of Science – thank you very much, Nishant Shandilya & Nancy Pritchard!) and countless outreach events with Australian HEIs and schools to inform about study and research opportunities in Germany. For 2023, we are looking forward to connecting again in person, where feasible.

All in all, it has been a time of great personal growth for me, and I will forever cherish the opportunities I had to meet so many incredibly talented, smart and generous people with a passion to support international scientific collaboration. And with that, I am looking forward to keeping in touch in this virtually well connected world – and as a German saying goes: “Man sieht sich immer zweimal!” – You’ll always see each other twice (at least).


Wishing you a great festive season a good start into 2023,

Katharina McGrath  

Great News:

Strong Increase for the DAAD Budget 2023

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will receive around 31 million euros more in basic funding for the coming year compared to the original draft budget. The budget increase is the result of the adjustment meeting of the budget committee for the federal budget in November.

Read the press release here

DAAD Short-Term Funding Programs

will be available again in 2023

Please note - the following funding programs have been reinstated!

DAAD is pleased to announce that short-term programs will once again be offered in 2023!

This includes:

Short-term Research Grant

Research Stay for University Academics and Scientists

Re-invitation Program for Former Scholarship Holders

Application deadline for all of the above programs: 03 April 2023

Further information is available here

DAAD Australia Website Relaunch

Please check out our newly designed website!

With a fresh look and an improved style, the newly constructed website presents all our services in relation to research and study in both Germany and Australia, including funding opportunities (grants and scholarships) for both academics and students.

Additionally, the website provides a link to our regular newsletter and offers information on current and upcoming DAAD events.

View the new website here.

The DAAD's Plans for Climate Neutrality by 2030

-Climate Report Introduced-

The German Academic Exchange Service is striving to achieve climate neutrality in its business operations by 2030. It has accordingly published its first ever Climate Report. It reveals the results of the DAAD's first climate assessment relating to its business operations; it identifies savings opportunities and includes targets and actions to reduce greenhouse gases.

Read the full report here. (in German)

Wissenschaft weltoffen - Report 2022

Facts and Figures on the International Nature of Studies and Research in Germany and Worldwide

Since 2001, the DAAD and the DZHW have been reporting in Wissenschaft weltoffen on facts and figures on the internationality of studies and research in Germany and worldwide. Since 2014, a compact edition with the most important facts and figures has also been published in a handy brochure format, alternating every six months with the main edition. Since 2020, both editions have been published in separate German and English versions.

View the report and project website here.

DAAD Australia Alumni Association News

DAAD Alumni Event

December 2022

Dear DAAD Alumni,

Thank you so much for attending our End of Year DAAD Alumni Event on 9 December at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney – a fabulous and exciting event to revive the DAAD Alumni activities in Australia! 

It was with great honour to welcome the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Zeidler. We express our special thanks and gratitude to the Consulate General for financially supporting our event and also to the Director of the Goethe-Institut, Mr. Christoph Muecher, for providing the facility and welcoming all guests.

It was a great evening, and all guests had a fantastic time connecting with each other and enjoying the sunny evening. We think the photos speak for themselves!

On behalf of the DAAD Alumni Executive Team, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2023.

We look forward to connecting with you again in the new year. 

With best wishes!

Claudia Nelson and Mamoon Haque

DAAD Alumni Events 2023 Outlook


We have great pleasure, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Australia, in presenting our 2023 series of events.

Our first DAAD Alumni event in 2023 will be a discussion forum on “Innovation and Diversity”, hosted at the Goethe-Institut Sydney on Friday, 3 February 2023. We will email everyone an event invite, and you will be able to register via our DAAD Alumni email or LinkedIn group.


Please find our 2023 Joint Events outlook list below (we will confirm the dates closer to each event):

February - Discussion Forum - Topic “Innovation & Diversity” at the Goethe Institut Sydney, 3 February

May – German Film Festival & Drinks at the Goethe Institut Sydney

July - Women’s Soccer World Cup AUS/NZ Event

November – End of Year Drinks

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2023.

Connect with us!

LinkedIn Group: “DAAD Alumni Association Australia”


8% Rise in International Students puts

Germany in Top Four

University World News

Germany can boast a record number of international students this year, ranking fourth next to the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Numbers of international first-year students are on the increase again, too, following a drop during the coronavirus crisis. According to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), around 350,000 of Germany’s almost three million strong student population were international students last winter semester, representing an increase of 8%, or roughly 25,000 students from the previous year.

Read the full article here.

Research in Germany - December Newsletter

The THE World University Rankings 2023 are out, and nine German universities made it into the top 100. Deutsche Welle has free German online courses on offer and a village in Germany has become completely energy independent. And of course, we have some funding opportunities and an advent calendar for you.

Read the newsletter here.

DAAD congratulates Leibniz Prize Winners

Two DAAD-Alumni, Prof. Dr Marietta Auer and Prof. Dr Karen Radner have received the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG). DAAD President Prof. Dr Joybrato Mukherjee congratulates the two award winners. In total, the DFG awards ten outstanding researchers with prize money of 2.5 million euros each. Read on here

DAAD Online Conference

"Internationalisation and Diversity in Higher Education: Running on Autopilot?"

How can international cooperation strengthen equal opportunities and diversity in higher education, science and society? At the DAAD virtual conference, "Internationalisation and Diversity in Higher Education: Running on Autopilot?" the DAAD will tackle the issue of furthering diversity in science and academia.

Virtual Conference: 09-10 February 2023, translation in English is provided.

Sign up by 19 December 2022 here

Scholarships, Grants & Programs

Call for Applications

DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences invites applications for 2 scholarships for international doctoral researchers in its new Graduate School Scholarship Program “Global Dynamics of Social Policy and Social Cohesion”. The scholarships are funded by the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP).

Application deadline: 23 January 2023

Further information is available here

Call for Applications

PhD program in Reliable Artificial Intelligence

This innovative PhD program in Reliable AI (relAI) provides a cross-sectional training for successful education in AI. The new program is offered by the Konrad Zuse Schools of Excellence in AI which are funded by the DAAD.

Application deadline: 9 January 2023

Further information is available here

Call for Applications

Leo Baeck Fellowship Program 2023/24.

PhD students who carry out research related to the history and culture of the German-speaking Jewry are invited to apply. The programme is jointly organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. It is open to PhD candidates worldwide.

Application deadline: 1 February 2023

Further information is available here

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