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Institutional Programmes

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GE-SEED – German Egyptian Mobility Program for Scientific Exchange and Excellence Development 

The Deadline has passed

The German Egyptian Mobility Program for Scientific Exchange and Excellence Development GE-SEED (formerly known as GESP) is a fund that supports the exchange of scientific visits between Egyptian and German research teams. This program is co- financed by the Science and Technology Development Fund in Egypt (STDF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Germany.

For Egyptian Scientists

For German Scientists

N.B. Content of this announcement can be changed without prior notice.

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New German Egyptian Research Fund (GERF) Call for the support of joint application-oriented research Projects

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The deadline has passed.

Aiming to promote bilateral research cooperation between the two countries in areas of mutual interest, the grants are intended to give researchers – including young scientists – an opportunity to address new areas of scientific research. Research results generated in these projects are to be developed into concrete applications. In addition, a further aim of the joint research fund is to help scientific networks apply for funding under EU or national funding schemes. Currently, the GERF can provide grants up to €200.000 for each joint project (German and Egyptian side up to €100.000 each) funded by Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) and International Bureau of the German Ministry for Science and Research (IB). The maximum duration of a project is 24 months.

Further Information

For further informaiton please refer to the offical call: Announcement of GERF IV

For further inquiries please contact Ms. Petra Bogenschneider: GERF@daadcairo.org

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PAGEL (Partnerships for the health sector in developing countries)

Deadline: End of June

Who can apply?

German higher education institutions in partnership with a higher education institution from a developing country for a cooperation regarding the health sector.

Which measures are fundable?

  • Measures that target structural enhancement of the university education and further training and also the teaching, research, service and management at universities for sustainable strengthening of the health sector;
  • Measures that professionally prepare students at German universities from developing countries for an appropriate assignment in their home country;
  • Measures that foster the life long learning of the alumni within subject related networks with the involvement of universities, organisations for development cooperation and health authorities in the developing countries;
  • Measures that promote the alumni’s continuous connection with Germany and establish them as multipliers

Application online by responsible German Partner University https://www.daad.de/entwicklung/hochschulen/zusammenarbeit/aerzteprogramm/08102.en.html

Further Information can be found here.

For further inquires please contact Mrs. Irene el-Khorazaty: Irene.Khorazaty@daadcairo.org

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RISE worldwide 2013

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The deadline has passed, we will update it soon. 

After the very successful start of RISE worldwide - in which DAAD supported nearly 250 projects by funding undergraduate German students working as research assistants - the program is returning in 2013. Research groups from all over the world that are interested in hosting a German research assistant in the summer of 2013 are invited to submit project offers on www.daad.de/rise-programs.

Within this program, research groups, laboratories and doctoral students can apply to host a motivated and well-qualified student from Germany as research intern in their proposed project. The German intern will assist in research and lab work. The students with academic training in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field, receive a DAAD scholarship to help cover living expenses and travel costs (for details see www.daad.de/rise-programs).

You can find further information regarding this topic here.


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Subject-related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education


Deadline : end of June

The programme ''Subject-related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries'' provides an opportunity for German institutions of higher education to collaborate with one or several higher education institutions in developing countries. The core of the programme is the structural development at the foreign higher education institutions, which can be promoted through curriculum or module development as well as through initiating international study programmes, and the mutual recognition of academic degrees. The establishment of networks between the German higher education institutions and their partner institutions, as well as the South-South networking of the foreign higher education institutions among each other, will enhance and broaden the profile of the foreign, as well as the German institutions of higher education. This Development Programme is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Target groups are institutions of higher education in developing countries. The German partner university needs to be the leading part in the application process.


More information can be found here:    https://www.daad.de/entwicklung/hochschulen/zusammenarbeit/partnerschaften/08480.en.html

For further inquiries please contact Mrs. Irene el-Khorazaty: Irene.khorazaty@daadcairo.org

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University-Business-Partnerships between higher education institutions and business partners in Germany and developing countries 


Deadline: end of June 

The competitiveness of the global economy is increasingly dependent on whether there are sufficient and appropriately qualified employees available. In many developing and emerging countries, there are considerable differences between the capabilities of university graduates and the qualifications required by the industry. The lack of practical relevance means that university graduates are unable to find adequate employment opportunities. "Brain drain" on the one hand and the employment of imported specialists on the other hamper the economic development. Therefore, interaction between higher education institutions and enterprises is required. The "University-Business-Partnership" programme is intended to bring about a transfer of knowledge to foster close ties between universities and industry, thereby bridging the gap between university graduates and business communities and strengthening the dialogue between higher education and industry, thus being able to better satisfy the requirements and developments of the job
market in the future. The German partner university needs to be the leading part in the application process.

More information can be here found: https://www.daad.de/entwicklung/hochschulen/zusammenarbeit/19848.en.html

For further inquiries please contact Mrs. Irene el-Khorazaty: Irene.khorazaty@daadcairo.org

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Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World


Deadline: end of June

At the centre of the programme lies the cultural dialogue achieved through subject-specific cooperation with Muslim countries. In practice this means strengthening the ties between higher education institutions in Germany and Islamic countries and the fostering of subject-specific and cultural dialogue between students and young academics from Germany and partner countries.

 More information can be found here: https://www.daad.de/medien/hochschulen/regional/arabien/dialog/fact_sheet.pdf

For further inquiries please contact Mrs. Irene el-Khorazaty: Irene.khorazaty@daadcairo.org

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Integrated International Degree Programs

Deadline: beginning of February

The goal of this program, which is supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), is an increase of the international profile by initiating international degree programs awarding a double/joint degree. The funding spans one year preparation phase (optional), and, after 8 years of successful implementation of the project, four further years of funding are possible. Among the criteria of funding are the quality of the curriculum, the added academic, interdisciplinary and intercultural benefit of the degree program and its professionally qualifying orientation. All fields of study are eligible, although the proposed degree program must be targeted toward one particular field. Proposals for funding must be made by a German university and submitted to DAAD Bonn.


More information can be found here:   https://www.daad.de/downloads/foerderprogramm/file.php?id=1844
For further inquiries please contact Mrs. Irene el-Khorazaty: Irene.khorazaty@daadcairo.org

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Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks

Deadline: November 2015

"Strategic partnerships” supports one or more subject areas and/or comprise different levels or scopes of cooperation. In contrast to partnerships exclusively managed by individual departments, this program encourages more intensive partnerships at the university level. By concentrating on top-level strategic partnerships, it aims to improve the overall quality of research and instruction. Furthermore, it hopes to create new synergies by coordinating the activities of the participating instructors more closely. Funding should promote the exchange of instructors, establish joint degree programs and PhD programs, and carry out research projects. Funding should also go towards initiating and expanding additional structured programs with the partner university (or universities). The program line "thematic networks” encourages network-building between German and selected foreign universities on a subject-related or thematic level. It supports research-related, multilateral, international networks comprised of a limited number of distinguished foreign partners.

More information can be found here: https://www.daad.de/hochschulen/programme-weltweit/hochschulpartnerschaften/de/23489-strategische-partnerschaften-und-thematische-netzwerke/

For further inquiries please contact Mrs. Irene el-Khorazaty: Irene.khorazaty@daadcairo.org

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