German Academic Exchange Program

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the German Academic Exchange Program is a publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany.  It was founded in 1925 by the German student Carl Joachim Friedrich, who was able to obtain 13 fellowships in the social sciences from the Institute of International Education for Germans to study in the United states.  The DAAD, which was founded after World War II, currently awards more than 65,000 fellowships per year.  Based in Bonn, with 14 international offices, the DAAD is the largest grantor of international academic mobility in the world.

Eligibility Requirements for Study Scholarships

  • Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada.  Foreign nationals must have studied at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university for at least two years and must contact DAAD for eligibility status.
  • All academic fields are welcome.  For study in the fields of dentistry, medicine, or veterinary medicine, contact DAAD for special guidelines.
  • Graduating seniors must be enrolled full-time at the time of application.  Recent graduates should have received their bachelor’s degrees no more than six years prior to the application deadline.
  • Must not have been a resident in Germany for more than one year at the time of application.
  • Must have a well-defined study/plan/project that makes a stay in Germany essential.
  • Scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015)

General Information

DAAD furthers the international aspects of German academic, cultural, and science policies and supports the international relations of German universities through:

Study Scholarships for Fine Arts Architecture, Music, Dance
These study scholarships aim to provide students in the fields of fine art, design, film, music, choreography, and architecture an opportunity to complete a course of additional studies, without earning a formal degree at a German university or institution.  Applicants should have a good command of German.

Study Scholarships
Study scholarships provide applicants in all disciplines the opportunity for a year of independent study to complete postgraduate degree or master’s degree courses and obtain a degree at a German university.  Preference is given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member at a German university to study at a particular university department.

Summer Internship Program in Berlin (InternXchange) for American Journalism
This is a fully funded 11-week summer program of coursework followed by an internship at a German newspaper.  This awards is for current undergraduate students enrolled in a school of journalism or majoring in a journalism-related field, but graduating seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students are also eligible.  Applicants must have German language proficiency, a demonstrated interest in Germany and German affairs, and familiarity with German history, culture, and society.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
The Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) give students in the fields of biology, chemistry earth sciences, engineering, and physics the chance to spend a summer working with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany.  Must be a current full-time student who has completed at least two years of a degree program in a major indicated above.

No previous knowledge of German language is required.

Details on other scholarship opportunities in Germany are available on the DAAD Web site.  Some programs will have later deadlines.

Deadline Dates

Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the New York DAAD Office by the following:

November 2013  All Study Scholarships

January 31, 2014  Summer Internship Program in Berlin (InternXchange) for American Journalism and Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)