Scholarships for Research or Graduate Study in Germany

8 Aug

The German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals in all fields of study with an opportunity to do independent study/research in Germany or to complete a full Master’s degree program at a German university. Graduating seniors, recent alumni and graduate students are eligible to apply, including foreign nationals attending US universities (see complete eligibility details below).

The program provides scholarships for one academic year (2012-13) with the possibility of a 1-year extension for those completing a full degree program in Germany; a monthly living stipend of approximately 750 Euro, health insurance, and a travel subsidy of 1425 Euro. Limited additional funds may be available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

This year’s application cycle is for research or study in Germany during the 2012-13 year (with the possibility of extension to include 2013-14). Complete information about this scholarship program and application materials are available at http://daad.org/page/gradstudy/index.v3page;jsessionid=icq0qgpvrqm0.

UW is a partner university within this program, which gives UW students and alumni several options for applying, depending on field:

  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing arts* wishing to compete for UW’s one priority nomination must submit their applications by the campus deadline of Oct. 31, 2011 at 12:00pm (noon). Priority nomination provides competition in a smaller pool of national applications.
  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing arts* not wishing to compete for that priority nomination, but simply to compete in the general national application pool should submit their applications by the extended campus deadline of Nov. 10, 2011 at 12:00pm (noon). UW will mail all applications on to the DAAD national office by the national deadline on your behalf.
  • Applicants in any field not wishing to apply through UW at all can mail their application materials directly to the DAAD national office, postmarked by the following national deadlines, based on field:
  • November 1, 2011 (postmark): for all applicants in the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts
  • November 15, 2011 (postmark): for all other applicants
  • *Music, visual arts and performing arts applicants can apply directly to the national office by Nov. 1, or can have their application materials forwarded by UW. Please see an adviser for details and questions.

Two UW offices support students applying for the DAAD Study Scholarships, answer questions, and accept application materials, based on student status. Please feel free to contact us for further information or questions:

  • Graduate students interested in applying should contact Helene Obradovich, Director of Fellowships & Awards in The Graduate School: helene, (206) 543-1070, G-1 Communications.
  • Undergraduate students and Bachelor’s alums interested in applying should contact Robin Chang, Assistant Director, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards: robinc, (206) 543-2603, 171 MGH.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating seniors, 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 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.

Important Considerations for Applicants:

  • 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 our 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 (though it is recommended).

    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.
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