Daad Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals with an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a full Master’s degree postgraduate program at a German university.
Graduating undergraduate students, 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 dentistry, 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 the program 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 arts, 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.
Conditions of Award
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, 2011 to July 31, 2012.
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 €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €775 / West: €1025; Canada East: €925/ West: €1,300). In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
If your university is a DAAD Partner University, contact your designated DAAD campus coordinator. All materials should be submitted to your coordinator before your university’s deadline.
If your university is NOT a DAAD Partner University, send your application directly to the DAAD New York office. Do NOT send any materials to the DAAD Bonn office.
The application form must be completed online.
Collate, but DO NOT staple, each copy of the application in this order:
1. Signed Application Form
2. Supplemental Materials (For music, fine arts, dance only)
4. Study Proposal
5. 2 Letters of Recommendation
6. Evidence of Contact with German Institution
7. DAAD Language Evaluation Form (Sprachzeugnis).—see link below to download the form
Submit a total of FOUR copies (1original, 3 photocopies) of all the above application materials. You may open your official transcript to make photocopies of it. Exception: You may submit just ONE of each of your original, sealed recommendation letters (i.e. no photocopies needed of recommendation letters).
Detailed Instructions for Each Part of the Application
1) Application Form -Fill out the online application form. Please answer all questions on the form completely. Do not fill in any blanks with the phrase “see attached,” even if you must refer to additional material. Do not forget to sign the printout of your application.
2) Supplementary Materials-Applicants in the field of music must submit supplementary application materials (see Study Scholarship for Artists and Musicians)
3) Curriculum vitae or résumé -in chronological/tabular form. Narrative/paragraph-form CVs are not acceptable. Your name should appear on each page.
4) Study Proposal- You may apply for funding for a Master’s program OR a period of independent study.
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. The proposal should be no more than two pages in length, double spaced. Your name should appear on each page.
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. The proposal (excluding references) should be no more than five pages in length, double spaced. Your name should appear on each page. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two courses per semester and obtain “Scheine” (certificates of credit) for them.
5) Letter of Recommendation-Submit two original letters of recommendation printed on university letterhead, from professors at North American institutions in your field of study. Referees have the option of using the recommendation form available at www.daad.de/deutschland/download/03118.en.html (referred to as “Reports on scholarship applications”) though it is not mandatory. The form gives a general outline of the points that selection committees expect to find in a recommendation. Recommendations must include an original signature, and enclosed in a sealed envelope. You should submit these with your application package; if your referee prefers not to give them to you or you do not receive them by the deadline date, you may have them sent to the DAAD New York office directly. In some circumstances the office would accept faxed letters.
6) Evidence of Contact with a German Institution- E-mails can be accepted as evidence of contact.
7) DAAD language evaluation form (Sprachzeugnis) – Applicants with any knowledge of German must submit this document. The document should be signed by a faculty member of the German Department at your institution. If you have no knowledge of German and your research/study language in Germany is in English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your research/study language is in English, and write at the top
“No knowledge of German.”
8) Transcripts- Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary studies, including explanations of the grading systems. You may submit one official copy and three photocopies of each transcript.
Please keep a photocopy of the completed application for your records.
Application forms and all supporting material remain with DAAD. Upon request, DAAD will return slides, tapes and drawings to applicants in the fine arts and music.
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