AI DA (ECR Mobility Program)

AI DA: Supporting international career development of ambitious early career researchers

AI DA (Ambitious Intelligence ・ Dynamic Acceleration) is a generic name of programs managed by Kyoto University Research Administration Center (KURA) in collaboration with international funding agencies. Our aim is to accelerate international career development of ambitious early carrier researchers (ECRs).

“Kamogawa Talk” — A joint event by Goethe Institute Kyoto/Osaka and Kyoto University at the the Goethe Institute Villa (Kamogawa, Kyoto)


DAAD and Kyoto U joint support of Early Career Researchers’ academic exchange

Currently, the DAAD-Kyoto University Partnership Programme towards SDGs offers funding for mobility and networking of ECRs between Germany and Kyoto University. The AIDA team cooperates with partner foundations, cultural, and industrial organizations. We also provide useful information and opportunities for ECRs.

The DAAD-Kyoto University Partnership Programme towards SDGs provides funding to assist mobility and networking activities of junior scholars and early career researchers in order to foster academic exchange and cooperation between higher education and research institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany and Kyoto University for the purpose of advancing research that will contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

KURA office staff and Kyoto University European Center support researchers exchange between Kyoto University and Institutions in Germany.


Exchange of German and Japanese early career researchers at CECAD, Cologne


Supported Mobility Scheme

Mutual ECRs’ mobility between a German university/research institution and Kyoto University


Eligible ECRs

Early-career researchers (ECRs) are defined as students who are currently pursuing a doctoral degree or researchers who have held a PhD degree for a maximum of five years (excluding time for maternity leave).


Funding provided by the program:

International air fare and accommodation costs, expenses for symposium and conference participation fees, etc.


*Successful applicants will be selected by both the screening committee at Kyoto University and DAAD.

For further details, please see the “Program Guidelines” on the KURA office website.
For Researchers in Germany, please refer to the application procedures on the DAAD website (German only).

Further Information

Program Website and Researchers’ Reports

Related events, information and activity reports by previous awardees are available on the AI DA / DAAD-Kyoto program website.


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Kyoto University Research Administration Center (KURA)
AIDA Program Team (Chiyoko Kanno, Kei Ayukawa, Taro Sonobe, Hiromi Toyoda, Chie K. Murakado)
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