|If you are interested in carrying out an independent study/research in Germany, please refer here: Research Grant|
Highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full master's degree program at a German university or for a study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country.
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|Tutorial: How to apply|
These guidelines are region specific for North American applicants only. You will find some different details on the application portal and the DAAD Bonn website, such as maximum pages; the below instructions supersede any conflicting information.
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A complete application is comprised of the following mandatory documents. Upload all documents (as listed below) in PDF format to the application portal, except the letter of recommendation (#7).
1) Online Application Form (see Online Application Portal)
* Extra information for Master’s Degree Applicant who have not been admitted to a German University: when filling out online application form, you could list up to three potential degree programs. However, when writing your proposal, you should focus on your top preferred program, and mention briefly additional programs at the end of your proposal. DAAD recommends applying to at least two, better three, universities to avoid a situation in which you are granted a scholarship but end up not getting accepted into a Master’s program.
4) Evidence of Contact with a German Institution
5) DAAD language evaluation form (Sprachzeugnis) (click here to download) – 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 research/study language in Germany is in English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your research/study language is in English, and write at the top "No knowledge of German." (Please note German is not a requirement for the Study Scholarship)
Please disregard the following requirements on our head office’s page:
THE PORTAL CLOSES AT 11 PM CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME (5 PM EST/4PM CST/3PM MTN/2PM PST) ON THE DEADLINE DATE. AS THE ELECTRONIC APPLICATION SYSTEM SHUTS DOWN AUTOMATICALLY, APPLICANT ARE ADVISED TO START THE ONLINE PROCESS AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE.
SENDING IN YOUR APPLICATION
Make two (2) duplicates of the Application Summary, submitting A TOTAL OF THREE (3) SETS and the original letter of recommendation in one package. DO NOT staple.
Please send your complete application package WITHIN ONE WEEK AFTER THE DEADLINE. You may submit your application in advanced of the deadline date, but it will not be processed until after the deadline to assure fairness to all applicants.
Mail your application to:
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic application and the paper version.
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|After You Submit Your Application|
|Confirmation of receipt: DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL to inquire whether your application has been received. Within 6-8 weeks after the deadline, you will receive an email to confirm the receipt of your application.
No reasons for decisions will be given.
Application forms and all supporting material remain with DAAD. Personal data of applicants and grantees will be stored electronically in DAAD’s computer files only to the extent necessary for the administration of the applications and scholarships in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act. Data will be provided to the respective International Student Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) for successful applicants when necessary to administer the scholarship and provide the scholarship holder with guidance services. Applications of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed after one year.
If you have questions regarding the DAAD Study Scholarship, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org