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 support 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, pharmacy, 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 15 months 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, 2017 to July 31, 2018)

  • Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.

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, and Dance, which 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 with¬out earning a formal degree at a German university or institution. Applicants should have a good command of German.

Study Scholarships, which 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.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE), which 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. For additional information visit: www.daad.de/rise. Details on other scholarship opportunities in Germany are available on the DAAD website.

Application Timeline and Instructions

**Applicants apply directly to DAAD. All application materials and instructions can be found online at the DAAD website. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.**

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

January 15, 2017 
Application deadline for RISE.

January 31, 2017 
Application deadline for all Study Scholarships.