Takata – DAAD – Postgraduate Scholarship Program

In co-operation with the DAAD, Takata Corp. will offer the scholarship program “Takata-DAAD-Postgraduate Scholarship Program”


Under this program 2 scholarships for Master or Doctoral studies in all fields of engineering will be offered to Japanese graduates by the Takata Corp. The scholarship will provide Japanese graduates with an opportunity to undertake a study course or do research at a German university of their choice. With the scholarship program Takata Corp. will commit itself to enhancing scientific relations between Germany and Japan, based on academic quality.
This scholarship can be used for the following purposes:

  • To carry out research projects at a German university with the aim of gaining a doctorate in the home country or in Germany; this refers especially to structured doctoral programmes such as Research Training Groups, Graduate Colleges, Doctoral Research Schools, International Postgraduate Programmes, Graduate Schools, Max Planck Research Schools etc. Please consult the following website for further information and details: www.daad.de/ipp
  • To carry out research or advanced training projects without wishing to gain a formal qualification or degree
  • To take a postgraduate course or Master’s programme to gain an academic degree (Master’s)
  • To gain additional practice Experience in an internship at one of the Takata branches. The length of internship will be individually negotiated between scholarship holders and Takata Corp.
    TAKATA has the following operation and R&D centers in Germany and in central Europe:

    (Sales & Marketing, Engineering, Production of Steering Wheels, Sales Engineering)
    Aschaffenburg-Nilkheim@(Test, Production of Airbag, Clock Spring & Plastic Molding)
    Berlin / main European development center which launched in April 2008 (R&D & Engineering)
    Ulm (Test & Engineering, R&D for Seat Belts & Side Airbags)
    Elterlein (Production of Airbag & Plastic Molding, Test)
    Freiberg (Production of Inflator)
    Doebeln (Production of Pressure Vessels for Airbag Inflators)
    Bad Kissingen-Albertshausen (Production of Plastic Molding)


    Dolni Kalna


    Please visit TAKATA webpage http://www.takata.com/.


  • The length of funding is set by the scholarship commission during the selection session. Depending on the project in question and on the applicant’s work schedule, scholarships are provided for between 7 and 36 months including internship for several months at Takata Group in Europe. According to the DAAD regulations a 2months (minimum) language course in Germany, prior to the start of the study / research course, will be required . The scholarships are initially awarded for one academic year and can, subject to good performance, be extended to cover the length of the project in question.


  • Depending on the academic status of the award holder, the DAAD pays a monthly scholarship instalment of1. 750 Euros (graduates holding a first degree)
    2. 1,000 Euros (doctoral candidates)

    The scholarship additionally contains specific payments towards health insurance cover in Germany. In addition, the DAAD generally pays an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, unless these costs are paid by the home country or another sponsor.

  • A study and research allowance and possibly a rent subsidy and family allowance are paid. Decisions on the length and financing of a language course are made on a case-by-case basis (see Requirements).


  • Applications for a graduate scholarship are open to very well qualified university graduates who have completed their studies with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at the latest by the time the scholarship is started or who already hold a doctorate (postdoctoral candidates).
  • At the time of applying, no more than two years must have passed since the applicant gained the degree with professional qualification.
  • Candidates studying for a doctorate in their country of origin must have been admitted to an appropriate programme at their home university.
  • Applicants who wish to stay at a German host university within the scope of an individually-agreed study or research project must include the following with their application: written confirmation by the host institute that academic supervision will be provided in Germany. This confirmation must specifically refer to the applicant’s project and confirm that the host institute will provide a workplace for the applicant. If the applicant is planning to complete a doctorate at the German host university, the letter of confirmation must come from the academic supervisor (Doktorvater or Doktormutter).
  • Applicants wishing to gain a degree within the scope of a structured Master’s or doctoral programme are required to present a letter of admission from the degree programme or at least proof that they are being considered for admission. The letter of admission by the German host university for the desired degree programme must have been presented at latest by the time the scholarship is started.
  • Besides previous academic achievements, the most important selection criterion is a convincing statement of the applicant’s academic and personal reasons for the planned study project or a well-founded, detailed work schedule for research and advanced training projects as agreed with the academic supervisor at the planned German host institution.
  • German language skills are generally expected. When English is spoken at the host institute, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted. The DAAD decides on a case-by-case basis whether the applicant can attend a German language course (free of charge for the award holder) before beginning the graduate scholarship. This option is only available if the scholarship is expected to last for more than six months. The country-specific information on the DAAD website will tell you which language skills are required by applicants from your home country.
  • The scholarship award is subject to an age limit of 32 years at the time of starting the scholarship, although exceptions are possible, depending in the applicant’s country of origin. For example, an exception may be considered due to special conditions prevailing in the home country’s education system, etc. For further information please consult the country-specific information on the DAAD website.
  • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for more than one year at the time of application cannot be considered.

Application papers

  • Information on what application papers need to be submitted can be found on the Application Form for “Research Grants and Study Scholarships” (“Antrag auf ein Forschungs-/Studienstipendium”) which can be accessed on the DAAD website (www.daad.de/de/form) or on the website of the DAAD Regional Office in Tokyo (http://tokyo.daad.de/japanese/jp_index.htm).
  • The DAAD regrets that it cannot consider incomplete applications.

Country-specific information, dates and deadlines, application address and advice

  • The DAAD website (www.daad.de/stipendien) provides further specific information for applicants from your home country. This includes, not least, the language skill requirements which applicants from your country of origin must meet, any special exceptions regarding the age limit, and information on the exact deadlines for the submission of application papers and on where to send the applications (application address).
  • Applications must not be sent direct to DAAD Head Office in Bonn.
  • The above-mentioned website will also provide the addresses of the institutions which you can contact in your home country for further information and advice.