National deadline: Applications open December 6, 2014 and close January 31, 2015, online (Hawaiian Standard Time)
- Be currently enrolled 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),
- Be an undergraduate who will have completed at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the placement
- Prove that you will be registered as an undergraduate at your university/college for the academic year 2015/2016 (i.e., that you will still have undergraduate status upon your return to your home university).
- German language skills are not required for most positions but would be helpful to manage
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 will be 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 their (or begin learning!) German. Last but not least, the research internship should be a source of mutual cultural enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.
DAAD will provide a monthly scholarship of €650 for a period of 8-12 weeks (pro-rated depending on length of stay). The earliest possible start is May 15, 2015. Generally speaking the start dates in the internship offers are meant as a timeframe. DAAD will also provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance and an allowance of €150 for travel within Germany. The host institution will assist the intern in finding reasonably-priced housing for the duration of the internship. The scholarship will not cover international travel costs.
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
- Your completed online application form
- Full curriculum vitae/résumé
- Up-to-date official university/college transcript(s)
- As a supplement to this transcript, a list of courses you will have completed by the time the internship begins
- A letter of reference from a senior academic in your field of study from your university
- A cover letter in which you state your motivation to apply for this particular project (projects)
- A certificate of enrollment (after having been accepted for a scholarship, you have to submit this document as well as a hard copy to the contact address below)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Telephone:00 49 (0)228 882- 567 (from 8 a.m – 1.30 p.m.)
Fax: (0228) 882-9-567
Faculty representative: Keith Raether
Announcement date: You will be notified at the beginning of March 2015 whether your application has been successful.