DAAD Study Scholarship


Application deadlines:

  • November 1, 2013 (postmark) for study scholarships in fine arts, architecture, music, and danceto highly qualified students to study in Germany, or complete a postgraduate degree course and obtain a degree from a German higher education institution.
  • November 15, 2013 (postmark) for study scholarships in all disciplines to support a year of independent study or a full master's degree program at a German university for highly qualified graduating seniors or those who have received an undergraduate degree.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Graduating seniors (fourth-year students in Canada), graduate students and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor's degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. Students who are in the first year of a full Master's degree program in Germany may also apply to fund their second year of the Master's programs.
  • Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply. For study in the fields of denistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine, contact DAAD.
  • If you are a graduating senior (last year of undergraduate studies) or a graduate student, you must be enrolled full-time at an accredited North American university at the time of application. (Those who have already completed an undergraduate degree do not need to be currently enrolled.)
  • Recent graduates should have received their Bachelor's degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline.
  • Recent graduates who are currently in Germany (for no longer than one year at the time of application) are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian University for at least two years at the time of application.
  • At the time of application, applicants may not be living in Germany for a period of more than one year.
  • Applicants for Master's programs should have a study proposal explaining why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further the applicant's educational and career goals. As German university deadlines are later than our deadline, you may not have yet been admitted to a German university; however, if already enrolled in Germany and applying for the second year of the Master’s, applicants must submit evidence of admission to a German university. Those beginning their Master’s do not need to submit any evidence of contact with a German institution.
  • Applicants for independent study are expected to have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential and should have an invitation from an academic partner at a German university or research institution. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two courses per semester and obtain "Scheine" (certificates of credit) for them.
  • Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
  • Applicants may not hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German or German-American organization/German-Canadian organization concurrently for the same project. Prior recipients of a DAAD grant should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility status.

Award summary and conditions:

  • Graduate study scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for students completing a full degree program in Germany.
  • Scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015).
  • A very limited number of scholarship holders who receive seven to 24-month grants may be awarded a two-month language course grant. This language grant is decided upon by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application
  • Monthly stipends are approximately EUR750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

Application process is both electronic and hard copy.  The application form must be completed online and then printed in hard copy. Submit a total of FOUR copies (1 original, 3 photocopies) of all the application materials listed below.  Collate but do not staple, each copy of the application in this order:

  • Signed application form
  • Supplemental materials (for music, fine arts, dance only)
  • CV/resume (Your name should appear on each page.)
  • Study proposal (You may apply for funding for a Master's program OR a period of independent study.)
  • Two letters of recommendation on university letterhead, from professors at North American institutions in your field of study. Please request that your professor include three photocopies with the original letter in a sealed envelope.
  • Evidence of contact with German institution (Enauls are acceptable.)
  • DAAD language evaluation - form available online (Sprachzeugnis)
  • Transcripts (You may open your official transcript to make photocopies of it.)
    Mail your application to:

             DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
             Study Scholarship
             871 United Nations Plaza
             New York, NY 10017

Please keep a copy of the completed application for your records.

Notification:  Recipients will be notified via email at the end of March/beginning of April.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Contact: http://www.daad.org/gradstudy