National deadline:  January 15, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • Enrollment at a university/college in the United States, Canada or the UK as a full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field)
  • Completion of at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the placement
  • Proof of undergraduate status for the academic year 2015/2016 (i.e., that you will still have undergraduate status upon your return to campus).
    • German language skills are not required for most positions but would be helpful to manage  
                 everyday life outside of the laboratory. The working language is English.

Award summary and conditions: RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the U.K. in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language is English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance. RISE placements provide students the opportunity to live and work in an international context, to strengthen their practical and theoretical skills, and to improve or begin learning German. The research internship should be a source of mutual cultural enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.

Online application process:  The registration of your application will enable you to access the internship offers submitted by PhD students in Germany. You may apply for up to three projects.

Applications materials: Guidelines are found at: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/11638/index.html

  • online application form
  • curriculum vitae/résumé
  • official university/college transcript(s)  
  • list of courses you will have completed by the time the internship begins
  • letter of reference from a senior academic in your field of study from your university
  • cover letter in which you state your motivation to apply for this particular project (projects)
  • certificate of enrollment from the Office of the Registrar

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Michaela Gottschling
Section 316
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Telephone:00 49 (0)228 882- 567 (from 8 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.)
Fax: (0228) 882-9-567
Email: rise@daad.de

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

Announcement date: You will be notified at the beginning of March 2015 whether your application has been successful.

Contact:  http://www.daad.de/rise/en/11634/index.html