- Fellowship: 01/15/2018
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.
Through DAAD, highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or an independent study abroad semester or year.
Each year, an independent selection committee of academics and international education experts is assembled to select the Undergraduate Scholarship grantees. This committee looks for students who:
- Are currently second and third year students and will be in their third and fourth year during their stay in Germany
- Are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year
- Possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity, as evinced by both their grades and letters of recommendation
- Have well-defined study, research or internship plans for their stay in Germany
- Submit the DAAD language evaluation form with their application, although German language competency is not mandatory
- Demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and will explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals
- Are enrolled, full-time students in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited North American college or university
- Will return to the US or Canada after the scholarship period to complete their bachelor’s degree
What can be funded?
- Study abroad & exchanges
- Internships of 3 months or less as part of a semester of study abroad
- Internships of up to 10 months that are a mandatory and integral part of the course of studies
- Senior thesis research stays
If you are planning to spend the summer semester in Germany, you must apply by January 31st of the previous year.
If you are studying in Germany in the spring of 2019, you must apply in January 2018.
If you are planning to study in Germany this coming spring of 2018, you are not eligible to apply.
Monthly stipend of EUR 650, health, accident and liability insurance, travel allowance.
The application is submitted online through the DAAD Portal. You are also required to mail 3 copies of the “Application Summary” (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD Portal after the online application process has been completed.
- Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal:
- Online application form.
- Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages).
- Statement about academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany.
- Statement of Support and Credit Eligibility, to download click on link in the box to the right.
- Proof of acceptance into Study Abroad Program, Exchange Program, letter by mentor or invitation from a German university. This can be submitted after the rest of the application, but prior to starting the program. In this case, please include in your application a letter from your study abroad office or the program you are applying to, which confirms that you are indeed applying for the respective program.
- College Transcripts(can be scanned and uploaded in non-certified form.)
- Language Evaluation Form (Sprachzeugnis), to download click on link in the box to the right. If you have any knowledge of German, submit this document signed by a faculty member of the German Department at your institution. If you have no knowledge of German and your study language in Germany is English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your study language is English, and write at the top “No knowledge of German.” (Please note that German is not a requirement for the Undergraduate Scholarship).
- To be submitted by mail:
- The “Application Summary.”
- One reference
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