Funded DLR-DAAD Fellowships in the Field of Space Research 2019

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Funded DLR-DAAD Fellowships in the Field of Space Research 2019

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DLR – DAAD is offering a research fellowship for highly-qualified foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists in the Field of "Space". The research topic is: "Metric self-calibration of Optical sensor systems deployed on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and space platforms for 3D mapping and modeling". You can read more details about this fellowship, via this link.

Fellowship Types

  • Type A: is offered to Doctoral students to peruse their Doctorate in Germany for 36 months.
  • Type B: is offered to Postdoctoral students to to do their Research in Germany for 6 to 24 months.
  • Type C: is offered to senior scientists to do their research in Germany from 1 to 3 months.


Fellowships are always awarded for the length of the research stay in Germany. The host DLR institute and the fellowship candidate will agree upon the length of this term.

  • Type A: Monthly installment of 1,760 Euros with possible additional payment that might cover flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance, family allowances.
  • Type B: Monthly installment of 2,400 Euros.
  • Type C: Monthly installment of 2,760 Euros.


The candidate should have a strong background in photogrammetry and image analysis. Several years of experience with sensor calibration for both unmanned aerial and high-resolution satellite imaging systems is required, as well as high level publications in international journals, and:

  • Not be of German nationality.
  • Be able to prove their outstanding study or research achievements in the field of research corresponding to the fellowship offer.
  • Type A: have completed their studies or research with a university degree not more than six years ago.
  • Type B: have completed their studies with a doctorate/PhD not more than two years ago.
  • Type C: 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., additional prerequisites may differ and are stated in the fellowship offers.
  • Have an excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of German is advantageous.

Required documents

Type A & B: The following documents must be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form.
  • Cover page.
  • Statement of the reasons for applying for a certain fellowship: Appendix.
  • Complete curriculum vitae.
  • List of publications, if applicable.
  • Abstract of the final Master or PhD thesis (max. 3 pages).
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade(s). 
  • English language certificate (TOEFL IBT: min. 79; IELTS: min. 6.5).
  • German or English translation of documents submitted in the national language.
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system.

Applicants are not required to submit any confirmation of academic supervision.

Type C:

The following documents must be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form.
  • Cover page.
  • Statement of the reasons for applying for a certain fellowship: Appendix.
  • Complete curriculum vitae.
  • List of publications.

Documents to be Sent by Post:

The following documents must be sent to the DAAD application address by post:

  • Two letters of recommendation, which should be written by senior academics of the applicant´s own choice.
  •  The form of the letter of recommendation has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded.
  •  Please send the form by e-mail to your referees and ask for the completed reference form to be sent to the application address in Bonn in a sealed envelope. References are confidential and must not be read by the applicant.
  • The letters of recommendation cannot be accepted in digital form and must be sent by your referees by regular mail to the DAAD head office in Bonn. The letters of recommendation must arrive 4 weeks after the application was uploaded in the DAAD portal at the latest, at the address:

About organization

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. As Germany´s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility for the forward planning and the implementation of the German space program by the German federal government as well as for the international representation of German interests.

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