Applications for the funding scheme, NRF/DFG Research Training Groups, are now open. German and South African academic partners can apply until 13 November 2020 for funding to establish joint structured doctoral programmes.

International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) are structured doctoral programmes run by German universities in conjunction with universities or research institutions abroad. They are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation – DFG). As bilateral collaborations, they train scientists and academics at different stages of their careers, with a particular emphasis on doctoral researchers. IRTGs promote systematic research cooperation through joint research and qualification programmes as well as through cooperative cross-border supervision of doctoral researchers. A central feature of International Research Training Groups is the coordinated and reciprocal research visits by doctoral researchers at the respective partner institutions. IRTGs can only be established by a university, university of technology or an equivalent higher education institution which has the legal right to confer doctoral degrees (hereafter referred to as “Higher Education Institutions – HEIs”). Project-specific costs of the German university are funded through a grant of DFG. The IRTG’s partner institution abroad has to provide complementary funding acquired from a national source.

The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and DFG have agreed on a joint application/funding scheme to support South African-German International Research Training Groups.

The deadline for the next round of applications is 13 November 2020.

The current call for applications can be found here:

NRF/DFG Partnership on International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) – Call Guideline Review Period 2