26 January 2022 at 9:30 am

ENZ seals exchange deal with Germany for early-career researchers

Young New Zealand academics have a change to collaborate on research projects in Germany, under a new exchange agreement between Education New Zealand and the German Academic Exchange Service, or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

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From left to right: Rupert Holborow, New Zealand Ambassador to Germany; Rose Burrowes, Second Secretary; Olga Elli, ENZ; Christian Müller, Deputy Secretary General, DAAD and Kai Franke, Head of Government Liaison Office Berlin, DAAD

DAAD is the world's largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers, and is a key partner for ENZ in Germany.

Early-career researchers from New Zealand universities and Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology will be able to take part in the DAAD’s Programmes for Project-Related Personal Exchange (PPP).  In the future, young German researchers will also be able to travel to New Zealand under the programme.

The programme covers all subject areas and is open to students who are close to completing their doctorate, as well as to academics who completed a doctorate within the last five years.

ENZ will support the New Zealand institutions involved to fund the costs and living stipend for New Zealand researchers to travel to Germany, while their German counterparts will be funded by the DAAD. ENZ would match the contribution from local institutions to a maximum of NZ$12,500 per year per project. Projects would normally be funded for two years.

New Zealand-German Academic Partnership Event

ENZ will host a virtual New Zealand-German academic partnership event on 23 February 2022, from 8:00-9:00 am New Zealand Time (22 February, 20:00-21:00 pm CET). This will be an opportunity for New Zealand and German institutions to learn more about the programme, share their ideas and identify opportunities for joint research projects. The call for proposals opens on 6 April 2022 for the funding period from 2023-2025. Those interested in attending the partnership event can register here.

The exchange agreement was signed in Berlin on 25 November 2021 and builds on our strong education and science links with Germany. It was one of the key actions arising from visit to Germany in January 2020 by a delegation from New Zealand’s Centres of Research Excellence, led by ENZ’s Chief Executive Grant McPherson.

For more information on the DAAD's PPP programme or the partnership event please contact ENZ’s Market Development Manager Europe, Olga Elliat olga.elli@enz.govt.nz 

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