Networking Internationally

Santander International Exchange Grants

Santander International Exchange Grants aim to support doctoral students in building international networks and raising their academic profile. Research stays by Bonn doctoral students at a strategic university partner or in a priority country2 as well as stays by doctoral students from the above-mentioned regions at the University of Bonn are funded.

Application Deadline

January 15, 2022

Funding Conditions

The Santander International Exchange Grants are funded by the Santander Consumer Bank AG as part of  the 'Santander Universities' .

Funding is awarded for research stays with a duration of 1 to 3 months at a foreign partner university or in a priority country as well as for stays of doctoral students from the mentioned regions at the University of Bonn.

The funding includes the following services:

  • Travel allowance and depending on the host country (according to DAAD-rates)
  • Subsistence allowance depending on the host country (according to DAAD-rates)
  • Research grant of € 300 per month (e.g. for conference costs, language courses, consumables)
  • Family benefits for accompanying spouses or partners and / or children

The support follows the lump sum determined for the target country and not the actual costs.

Doctoral students from all disciplines are eligible to apply, provided they have not yet completed their doctorate with their thesis defense.

  • Quality of the research project and relevance of the stay for the realization of the project
  • Relevance for international networking and raising of the academic profile of the applicant
  • Involvement of the applicant in the host institution (e.g. participation in teaching and research activities as well as knowledge transfer)
  • Academic CV of the applicant

The grants are awarded by an interdisciplinary selection committee of young researchers. The Bonn Graduate Center supports the committee members in an advisory capacity. Committee members are:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Saß, Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlitzer and Prof. Dr. Michael Schindelegger

An application includes the following documents:

  • Brief description of the relevance of the stay for the applicant’s research project as well as networking and profile building
  • Outline of the research project (max. 2 pages)
  • Work plan for the duration of the research stay (max. 1 page)
  • Letter of invitation from the host institution
  • Academic CV of the applicant1
  • Short letter of recommendation from the main supervisor (see template for outgoing mobility)

Please note that applications are assessed by an interdisciplinary committee and should therefore also be understandable for non-specialists.

Applications can only be submitted using the application form linked above.

Family obligations, parental leave, illnesses and other well-founded time-outs are taken into account. Please explain possible interruptions in your application.

Please note

When planning your trip, please note the regulations in force at the University of Bonn on business trips (Circular 68/2021) as well as the current travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office777 (in German) and the Robert Koch Institute888.


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About the Grants

By entering a framework agreement in 2018, the University of Bonn joined the network of “Santander Universities”. The Santander Bank supports various projects at 1,295 partner universities worldwide, including scholarships and mobility measures. The funded projects focus on internationalization, increasing employability, innovation, sustainability and digitization. As part of its cooperation with the University of Bonn, Santander has been funding the Bonn Graduate Center since this year by financing the Santander International Exchange Grants.

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