Meet our new team member Silke and check out our new scholarship deadlines!
Newsletter 33
May 2016
Our New Team
Our new team is finally complete! Our latest team member Silke will introduce herself below.
The quickest and easiest way to reach us is by email: [email protected]. If you'd like to speak to us in person, please make an appointment by email  to avoid disappointment should the office not be attended. Options for appointments are Monday 10am-12pm, Thursday 3pm-5pm and Friday 10am-12pm.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ada, Elisabeth and Silke 
Meet our New Team Member Silke
Silke Schoppe started as a new team member of the DAAD Information Centre in Sydney in March 2016. Silke has lived and worked in Australia for 15 years. Before moving to Australia she lived in Cologne, Germany where she graduated from Universität zu Köln with a Master of Arts in German studies and worked as a Visual Arts Editor in book publishing at Dumont Verlag, Cologne.
Her extensive Australian work experience has seen her working in the cultural sector as a Cultural Information Officer at the Goethe-Institut Sydney as well as a teacher of German Studies within the Germanic Department at Sydney University. She is also currently the Convenor for the German language program and a teacher within this program at the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) at Sydney University.
“I am excited and happy to have the opportunity to be working with the DAAD in Sydney and to be able to further utilise my experience within the Australian cultural and educational sector. I am looking forward to supporting and promoting the academic exchange between Australia and Germany”. 
New DAAD Scholarship Deadlines
Some of our scholarship deadlines have been moved forward this year, so if you're thinking of applying for one of our programs, please check out our scholarship overview page to find out what the new deadline is and to download an updated applicant checklist!

We're providing applicant checklists to help make sure people hand in a complete application. They'll also help you understand the requirements, so be sure to take a look!
2016 RAMP Meeting - Save the Date!
We're happy to announce that this year's Australia-wide RAMP Meeting will be held in Melbourne from Friday Sep 2 to Sunday Sep 4 .

We intend to stick to our usual format of having an informal welcome gathering on the Friday night, with Saturday the "RAMP Day" and then another small social event on the Sunday morning.

We have already secured funding towards travel and accommodation costs and will send out a formal invitation in the next few weeks.

So save the date, and if you're a signed-up RAMP member, you'll hear from us soon!

If you'd like more information or sign up for RAMP, please check out the RAMP website.
DAAD Presentations in Melbourne
Dr Ada Bieber—new director of the DAAD Information Centre, Sydney—visited Melbourne at the end of April. Ada gave talks at Monash University and Melbourne University about studying in Germany and the work of the DAAD in Australia and worldwide. DAAD Lecturers Daniela Müller (Melbourne University) and Imke Schmidt (Monash University) supported the events. Thanks to everyone who helped organise and support these DAAD presentations!
Introducting our Mentoring Pairs: Ralf Dietzgen & Candice Raeburn
Ralf Dietzgen obtained his PhD from the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany with a thesis on developing monoclonal antibodies for diagnosis of plant viruses. Following postdoctoral research on plant viruses at Cornell University (supported by DAAD) and the University of Adelaide and University of California, Berkeley (supported by a Feodor Lynen Fellowship from AvH Foundation), Ralf joined the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and then the University of Queensland where he is now Associate Professor in plant-virus-insect interactions in the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation institute.
Candice Raeburn received her Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours, first class) from RMIT University. She had worked in industry at GlaxoSmithKline and CSL Behring, has held a number of teaching roles including the JET program in Japan, and recently returned from a laboratory capacity development position at Northern Provincial Hospital in Vanuatu. She is currently in Europe working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centres for Bioethics (Monash University Centre). In August 2015, Candice commenced an IAESTE internship in the Paleomicrobiology department at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Synthetic Biology/Biological Engineering.
RAMP: Mentors and Mentees Wanted!
Are you an early or mid-career researcher who would like some career and professional guidance from an experienced researcher? Or are you an experienced researcher willing to share the lessons you have learned in your career to date? 

RAMP is the mentoring initiative of the DAAD and the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, aimed at matching like-minded students and academics with an interest in research in Germany. The mentoring scheme aims to foster a two-way exchange in which mentors will benefit as much as their mentees. 
RAMP is currently looking for mentors and mentees in the following fields:
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Literature/German Literature
  • History
  • Law and Legal Studies      
  • Earth and geosciences
  • Anthropology
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Teaching/Education
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
Please consider registering at or contact our RAMP Coordinator Kerrie Thornton for more information (0407 947 087 or [email protected] )
Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme:
Applications Open Now!
The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic co-operation. It aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australia and Germany.
The scheme supports exchanges (travel and living expenses) for Australian researchers
to collaborate with German researchers on a joint research project.
The support of early career researchers is a significant focus of this scheme.
Australian applicants must be:
  • employed as an academic staff member at a participating Australian university; OR
  • enrolled as a PhD or Research Masters student at a participating Australian university and part of a research project application submitted by an eligible staff member at that same university.

The scheme is open to Australian researchers at participating Australian universities in all academic fields involved in a collaborative project with German research partners.
Proposals must provide opportunities for exchanges between early career researchers. However it is not compulsory to be an ECR to apply. 
Researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply. 
Application Dates
Applications open on 4 April 2016 and close on 17 June 2016. Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in writing in November 2016. Project funding will commence in 2017.
For comprehensive Terms and Conditions, FAQs and application form please visit the Universities Australia website:
Applications for Sustainability Research Award Now Open
Become a Green Talent, promote your research in Germany and benefit from an exclusive network of excellent green researchers!
The 2016 Green Talents competition will address the effects of climate change, pollution and overfishing on the earth’s biggest natural resources, the oceans, in line with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Science Year 2016/2017, which is devoted to the “Seas and Oceans”.
The 2016 Green Talents award includes:
  • an invitation to the fully funded two-week Science Forum 2016, consisting of − a visit to leading German science and research facilities with unique insights from experts at these institutions
  • individual appointments with German experts of the winner’s choice to discuss opportunities for research and cooperation
  • networking opportunities at the 2nd and largest Green Talents Alumni conference to date, to take place in Berlin on 27/28 October 2016
  • a fully funded research stay of up to three months at an institution of the award-winner´s choice in 2017
  • exclusive access to the Green Talents alumni network.
For more information please refer to the competition flyer on or watch the clip.

Deadline for submission: 24 May 2016, 12 p.m. CET.
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  • Programme starts: October 2016
  • Application Deadline: 15 July 2016.
For application instructions, tuition fees, and further information please visit our website at or contact our programme office ( [email protected])
Technische Universität Berlin Campus El Gouna

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, established a satellite Campus in El Gouna to act as an academic hub and research center at the Red Sea in Egypt. TU Berlin Campus El Gouna currently conducts the following advanced Master’s degree programs in:
  • Energy Engineering 
  • Urban Development 
  • Water Engineering
  • IT for Energy (coming soon)
  • Business Engineering – Energy (coming soon)
All two-year programs comprise 120 Credit Points (ECTS) and are taught in English. Students graduate with a full Master’s degree by Technische Universität Berlin. Next to their study time in El Gouna, they spend up to one year at TU Berlin’s main campus in Germany.

Deadline for application: 31 May 2016

TU Berlin Campus El Gouna was founded as a nonprofit Public-Private-Partnership between TU Berlin, Orascom Development Holding, and Sawiris Foundation for Social Development. Teaching and research are conducted by staff of Technische Universität Berlin and international experts under German regulations for higher education.

The exceptional location of TU Berlin Campus El Gouna provides a state-of-the-art environment for studying and research, while serving as a bridge for scientific and intercultural exchange between Europe, the MENA region, and the other parts of the world.

For more information, please visit and follow us on or 
Apply now for the international Master’s program in European and International Law at the Europa-Institut at Saarland University

The one-year Master’s program (LL.M.) in European and International Law at the Europa-Institut, Saarland University is one of the most successful Master’s programs in Germany and Europe. Every year, students from all over the world study European and international law taught by highly qualified specialists in an international atmosphere.

The program focuses on European and international law in five modules – module 1: European Integration and modules 2-5 with their study units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution and European and International Protection of Human Rights. The program consists of a unique mixture of lectures, seminars, interactive exercises, moot courts, language courses, communication skills training and discussions and excellently prepares graduates of the program for the specific demands of the European and international job market. Frequent excursions to various European institutions are also offered.

Deadline for applications is 15 July 2016.

More information under
Hessen International Summer University (ISU) at the University of Marburg

The Hessen International Summer University (ISU) at the Philipps-Universität Marburg is a four-week summer study program, open to all candidates looking to combine their academic studies with an exciting intercultural experience. The program offers an intensive German course (all levels, also for beginners), specialized seminars in English, credits (up to 9 ECTS), weekend field trips to various destinations in Germany and France and more!

ISU in a nutshell
  • Dates: July 16 – August 13, 2016
  • Program Topic: Business, Politics, and Conflicts in a Changing World. 
Selected Topics in
  • Business and Accounting
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • German Studies.
Requirements: Applicants are expected to have a level of English language proficiency sufficient to participate in the academic and social environment of the program. Application documentation will include a letter of motivation and a transcript of records.  

Contact: Maria Steiner (Program Coordinator)  [email protected], Tel.: +49 6421 28 25997 
More Information and application: 
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
FUBiS is an intensive academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted toward their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter.

The FUBiS summer program 2016 takes place in two terms:
The FUBiS program 2017* takes place at the following dates:
  • FUBiS Term I: January 3 – January 26, 2017 (3 weeks)
  • FUBiS Term II: June 3 – July 15, 2017 (6 weeks)
  • FUBiS Term III: July 22 – August 19, 2017 (4 weeks)
Each term may be taken separately. Students can choose between subject courses (mostly taught in English) and German language courses.

The subject courses are offered within the fields of Architecture, Art history, Politics, Law, History, Media Studies, Economics, Literature, Philosophy, Film, and Music. In Term II and III, the subject courses may be combined with each other or with a semi-intensive German language course.

The German language courses are offered on up to five different levels of proficiency and take place as semi-intensive (3-4 days per week) or intensive (5 days per week) classes. The semi-intensive courses in Term II and III may be combined with a subject course.

Field trips are an integral part of all our courses. In addition, FUBiS offers excursions to the Berlin Reichstag and a River Boat Tour through Downtown Berlin as well as day and weekend trips to Rostock, Dresden, and Leipzig.

For further information on the FUBiS program, tuition, registration, housing, and scholarships please visit or contact [email protected].

* The detailed course program for FUBiS Term I 2017 will be published in August 2016 and for FUBiS Term II and III 2017 in November 2016. 
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