Please note that we are in the process of switching to a new application acceptance system, and are therefore, not able to accept  early application submissions until further notice.

Please return to this webpage for updates after August, 2014.
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Study Scholarship

Highly qualified graduating seniors (fourth or final year of undergraduate students in Canada) or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full master's degree program at a German university. For applicants in artistic fields, see Study Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts

Click here to search a database of international Master's programs in Germany.

Eligibility Requirements
Terms of Award
Application Guidelines
Application Deadline

Eligibility Requirements
  • Students in their last year of undergraduates studies at an accredited North American university
  • Recent BA/BS or MA/MS graduates who completed their last degree no longer than 6 years ago by the application deadline date
  • Graduates students enrolled full-time at an accredited North American university
  • Students who are in the first year of Master’s programs in Germany may apply to fund their second year
  • Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply but we don’t support to completion of a clinical science degree at a German university such as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.
  • By the time of application deadline, applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 months.
  • 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.
  • Applicants in the 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.
Application Deadline  
  • November 1, 2014 (postmark): for applicants (outside the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts) who wish to study during the upcoming German academic year (October 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016). Results will be announced at the end of March/beginning of April.
Terms of Award  
  • Study Scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for students completing a full degree program in Germany.
  • Scholarships funding periods are restricted to the exact dates of the German academic year (October 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016).
  • Monthly stipends are approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €850 / West: €1,075; Canada East: €925 / West: €1,300). In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
  • Results will be announced mid-April

Application Guidelines

Check if your university is a DAAD Partner University by clicking here. If you are:

-  at a DAAD partner university, contact the DAAD campus coordinator, and submit your application to them; there may be an earlier internal deadline date. (if you miss your internal    deadline date, you may alternatively submit directly to DAAD New York)
-  not at a DAAD Partner University, send your application directly to the DAAD New York office.

Components of the application

1) Application Form - Fill out the online application form. Answer all questions on the form completely. Some answers don’t appear on the print out but will be in our system in their entirety. Do not forget to sign the printout of your application. No pictures required.
Please disregard the last page of the application print out, "Information regarding your application,” it does not apply to North Americans. You also do not need to submit it.

2) Curriculum vitae or résumé - in chronological/tabular form. Narrative CVs are not acceptable. Your name should appear on each page.
3) Study Proposal - You may apply for funding for a Master's program OR a period of independent study.

  • 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. The proposal should be no more than two pages in length, double spaced. Your name should appear on each page.
  • 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. The proposal should be no more than five pages in length, double spaced. Your name should appear on each page.

4) Letter of Recommendation - Submit two original letters of recommendation printed on university letterhead, from professors at North American institutions in your field of study. Please request that your professor include three photocopies with the original letter in a sealed envelope.
The following form gives a general outline of the points that selection committees expect (referred to as “Reports on scholarship applications”). Referees may use it as an alternative to a letter of recommendation.

5) Evidence of Contact with a German Institution - E-mails can be accepted as evidence of contact.

  • Applicants for Master's programs: If you have not yet been admitted to a German university, you do not need to submit any evidence of contact with a German institution. If you are already enrolled in Germany, submit your admission’s letter as evidence.
  • Applicants for independent study: Your application will be greatly advantaged if you can provide evidence of any existing contact or attempt at establishing contact with academics at your chosen German host institution.

6) 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)

7) Transcripts - Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions attended, including explanations of the grading systems. You may open the official transcript to make three photocopies of each transcript. It is not necessary to submit original copies if you have foreign transcripts; they may all be photocopies.

Collate each set in the following order. DO NOT staple:

1.    Signed Application Form
2.    CV/Résumé
3.    Study Proposal
4.    2 Letters of Recommendation (sealed)
5.    Evidence of Contact with German Institution
6.    DAAD Language Evaluation Form (Sprachzeugnis).---click here to download the form
7.    Transcripts

Submit a total of FOUR sets (1 original, 3 photocopies) of all the above application materials. Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Mail your application to:

             DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
             Study Scholarship
             871 United Nations Plaza
             New York, NY 10017

Please keep a photocopy of the completed application and this Information Sheet for your records.

After you have submitted your application

Confirmation of receipt: Do not call or email to inquire whether your application has been received. Within six to eight weeks after the application deadline, you will receive an email to confirm the receipt of your complete application. You may submit your application in advance of the deadline date, but it will not be processed until after the deadline to assure fairness to all applicants of that scholarship program.

No reasons for decisions will be given.

Application forms and all supporting material remain with DAAD. Upon request, DAAD will return slides, tapes and drawings to applicants in the fine arts and music.  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
If you are NOT a citizen or student in the UNITED STATES or CANADA, please see DAAD International