The DAAD has established the Ibn Khaldun Scholarship Program with the aim of promoting Iraqi humanities and social sciences. Having faced challenges and gained experience in the past two years, DAAD decided to reshape the program format and offer an extended period of preparation.

DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany.  The aim of this grant programme is to support doctoral projects in Germany.

The KurdDAAD scholarship program is run annually. It is aimed at Master’s and doctoral candidates currently studying at KRG universities. While the program is open to all academic disciplines, applications in medicine are limited to non-clinical studies (e.g. public health).

The Iraqi-German scholarship programme will be run annually. It is aimed at candidates for Master’s and Doctoral studies. While the program is open to all academic subjects,applications in medicine are limited to non-clinical studies (e.g. public health).


The “Geosciences Resource Iraq” programme has had a successful start. The first measures of the programme, which is led by Professor Broder Merkel at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, have involved the purchase of equipment and capacity building for the partner universities in Iraq.

The newest of the German Iraqi university partnerships is the cooperation between the Herder Institute in Leipzig and SUH Erbil. The main objective of the partnership is to build and operate a German department within the College of Languages in Erbil.

The Iraqi German university partnership programme is going to be extended, starting in April 2014. Eight new co-operation schemes are being supported in their activities by DAAD. They include several projects from various German universities and research institutes with their respective Iraqi counterparts. Most of them are initially limited to one year with the perspective to continue the co-operation after the first meetings have taken place and the involved scientists can assess whether a more intense collaboration is feasible.

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