Known in its native tongue as the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschidenst (DAAD), the German Academic Exchange Service is an organization dedicated to international academics. Since being founded in 1925, DAAD has provided nearly 2 million students with funding and scholarship grants in support of higher education opportunities.
The organization primarily focuses on providing financial assistance to undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students from across the globe. Generally, DAAD offers its scholarships for studying at German universities with the secondary goals of promoting German studies and language as well developing an international community committed to exchanging academic ideas, policy, and research.
Additional scholarships for research and study are available to German students looking to study in North America.
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DAAD Scholarship Awards
Although some awards are specific to undergraduates, the majority of DAAD scholarships are intended for graduate students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers.
Some awards such as the German Studies Research Grant are available for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Funding duration and amounts vary depending on the exact program, and additional awards may also fund internship placement or student group visits.
To search for all available scholarships or to learn about in-depth application requirements and program details, visit the DAAD Scholarship Database for more information.
DAAD offers a Undergraduate Scholarship award for undergraduate international students looking to study at a German university. This award includes a monthly stipend of EUR 750 intended to cover health, accident and liability insurance as well as a travel allowance. This scholarship application is accepted anytime.
DAAD offers a scholarship for Master’s students that you should take a look, which is the Fredrich Ebert Foundation Scholarships, which accepts applications anytime and awards 850 euros per month.
For PhD researchers and postdoctoral students, DAAD offers a number of scholarships such as the Graduate School Scholarship Programme, which offers up to 15 fellowships. The award amount is listed at a monthly installment of EUR 1200.
For all Undergraduate, Master’s, an PhD Students!
There are other scholarships than these listed above. Take a look at the scholarship database for all scholarships!
The scholarship period is governed by the German academic year, meaning the study period must take place between September/October 2018 and July 2019 for the current deadline.
Except for programs taught only in English, conversational German language skills and beyond are considered. An independent selection committee of international academics experts is assembled each year to select the Undergraduate Scholarship recipients. From the DAAD website, this committee looks for students who:
- are currently second and third year students and will be in their third and fourth year during their stay in Germany
- are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year
- possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity, as evinced by both their grades and letters of recommendation
- have well-defined study, research or internship plans for their stay in Germany
- submit the DAAD language evaluation form with their application, although German language competency is not mandatory
- demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals
- are enrolled, full-time students in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited North American college or university
- will return to the US or Canada after the scholarship period to complete their bachelor’s degree
Graduate and PhD
- Qualified students includes students in final year of undergraduate study.
- Adequate knowledge of German language depending on study program.
- DAAD offers specialised award programs for applicants from artistic disciplines and the field of architecture.
The application is submitted online through the DAAD Portal, which opens approximately six weeks before the application is due. Paperwork must be completed in English, although an exception may be made for French speaking Canadians to hand in transcripts in French along with all other documents in English.
An independent selection committee reviews applications and determines graduate award recipients from criteria such as
- academic achievements
- convincing academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany
Recent PhD students who have completed a PhD or equivalent qualification in recent years are to be considered for the award, provided an appropriate Leibniz Institute can support their academic and research project. Other than the Leibniz scholarship, there are other scholarships that are in the scholarship database.
Required Materials for DAAD Scholarships
Prospective undergraduate scholarship recipients must submit the following documents to the DAAD Portal to complete the application:
- Online application form from the DAAD Portal
- 3 Page Curriculum Vitae
- Academic and Personal Statement; “Letter of Motivation”
- Statement of Support and Credit Eligibility
- Study Abroad or Exchange Program Proof of Acceptance. Either a letter from mentor or formal invitation from a German university may qualify.
- Current College Transcripts scanned through the application portal.
- Signed Language Evaluation Form from a German Department faculty member. For students with no German language knowledge, submit the certificate and indicate “No knowledge of German”
- A signed original reference form and two copies from two separate faculty members in the major of study, sent by mail in a sealed envelope, or emailed directly by professor to firstname.lastname@example.org. In certain extenuating circumstances, a standard letter of recommendation may suffice.
- 3 page curriculum vitae
- 1-3 page Academic and Personal Statement and Project Plan
- Letter of Admission
- German Language Competency
- Listing of prior academic and research publications
- 2 letters of recommendation from senior academics
- 1 page abstract of research project
- 5-10 page description of research project
- Appropriate certifications such as PhD Diploma and Master degree certificate
If you are interested, I highly recommend that you look at Government Scholarships Page!