The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. They are an independent association of the German universities who elect its leadership. They represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world. The New York office of the DAAD was founded in 1971 to support academic exchange between the US, Canada, and Germany. They offer a wide range of highly selective scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany for US and Canadian citizens, from undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars as well as faculty and higher education professionals. They also administer fellowships and other programs for incoming students from Germany.
Number of Scholarships
Scholarship provides financial support to over 55,000 individuals per year.
The National Deadline varies with each program.
- The most important criteria for successful applicants are a history of academic excellence and clarity of vision for why they need to spend time in Germany. For most programs applicants need to be currently enrolled as a student and have plans to return to their home intitution. The Graduate Scholarship for Study does not have this stipulation and can be used to fund either a temporary stay in Germany or a complete Master’s degree there.
- The New York office of DAAD administers funding programs for exceptional students in North America for research or study in Germany. Foreign nationals studying in North America may be eligible through this office or may need to apply through a different DAAD office.
- Most programs have age limits. For example, undergraduate applicants should generally be younger than 32 at the start of the study abroad period. Some graduate funding programs also have an age limit of 32.
- All eligibility requirements are listed for each program at www.daad.org
Applicants must submit completed application form, supplemental form (for music, fine arts, dance only) CV/resume, study proposal, 2 letters of recommendation, evidence of contact with German institution, DAAD language evaluation form.
Varies with each program.
Fellowship Contact Information
871 United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 758-3223;
Fax: (212) 755-5780