We know the application process may seem overwhelming in the beginning. To help you, we have collected some of the most frequently asked questions on our scholarships and the application processes.
FAQs Eligibility and Requirements
Yes, international students in the US and Canada may apply if they are enrolled in a four-year program leading to a bachelor's degree.
I am applying for a study abroad program/exchange, but won't have official acceptance into the program until after the Undergraduate Scholarship program deadline. Can I still apply?
Yes, please include a letter from your study abroad office or the program you are applying to. The letter should certify that you are indeed applying for the respective program. It should be on letterhead and have an original signature. Once you receive acceptance into your study abroad program we will need an original letter for your file.
The Undergraduate Scholarship supports grantees for up to 10 months. Normally the grant period coincides with the German academic year starting in October. In a few cases, it is possible to apply from September 1st. (For example, if you are on a study abroad program from September through December or from September through June.)
No, students in their first or Freshman year are not eligible to apply for the Undergraduate Scholarship.
Even if you are going to Germany in early 2018, you have to meet our January 31, 2017 deadline. If you do not have acceptance into a study abroad program yet, please let your adviser certify that you have applied or intend to apply. If you are designing your own research or study abroad, make sure that you are in touch with your mentor early on, so you can obtain an invitation to Germany.
If you are spending only the summer of 2017 (e.g. from May to July) in Germany, you are not eligible for funding through the Undergraduate Scholarship; as you must have applied before the January 2016 deadline. However, if you are planning to stay in Germany from the summer through December 2017, you may apply for Undergraduate Scholarship funding from September through December.
German language ability is not a requirement for this grant, however students should demonstrate language skills commensurate with their study and research needs. You must have the DAAD language certificate filled out, even if you do not speak any German yet. If you do not fall into any of the categories listed, just have your instructor fill out the field for “Sonstige Bemerkungen”. Download: Language Evaluation Form (pdf, 37.81 KB)
FAQs Terms of Award
I am planning to take a language course before the German semester starts. Can the funding be extended to this class?
Not if the class is part of your study abroad program. However, if you are planning to independently take a language course in Germany, DAAD has a limited amount of funding for language classes. This funding is available for students who will be in Germany for the academic year. Please state in your proposal that you would like to take a language class. Be aware that you may have to arrive in Germany in late August to participate. More details can be found here.
No, DAAD scholarship holders are responsible for finding their own accommodation. Most German universities have student housing available. Check with the international office at your future German university for more information.
FAQs Application Process
Do all copies of my transcript(s) have to be in sealed envelopes from my school's transcript office?
No. Certificates, transcripts, and translations may be scanned and uploaded in non-certified form.
The project proposal is one of the most important documents to hand in. Make sure to carefully review it and have it reviewed by your advisers for content but also grammar and spelling. The essay gives you the opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. A successful project proposal should clearly state why you are going to Germany and show the link to your academic work and career plans. Please do not hand in a life history, but address the following points: WHAT, WHERE, WHEN & HOW.
In general, recommendation letters should be written by professors, not teaching assistants. If you have not been taught by professors and your letter is written by teaching assistants, make sure a professor co-signs the letter. The letter should be written by a professor in your major field of study (does not necessarily have to be a German professor). Recommendation letters by high school teachers or employers will not be accepted.
DAAD needs to receive one original of each document and two copies. The same is true for recommendation letters: Please ask the faculty members who are writing the recommendation letters to include two copies in addition to the signed original for us. Please ensure that your reference also emails a scan of the letter including his/her signature to undergrad[at]daad.org.
You can include the sealed recommendation letters with the rest of your application. If any of your professors want to send them directly, please include a list of the recommenders with your application, so we know whose letters still to expect.
My university does not have a Study Abroad office. Who should sign the letter of support and credit eligibility form?
In this case you should ask your undergraduate academic adviser. Make sure to list a specific adviser with their individual contact information.
If you do not have a German bank account, please leave the respective section of the application form blank.
You will need to make the arrangements to receive credit yourself. In order to apply, you have to show us that you are eligible to receive credit from your home institution.
Start your preparations early! Make sure that your home institution will give you credit for your study, internship or research project. Get in touch with faculty members in Germany and find a supervisor. If you have trouble finding a contact in Germany, speak to your academic advisors for suggestions. Your application will stand a much better chance of being approved if you can provide evidence of an established contact at your chosen German host institution. If you do not have any contacts to help you find an internship, get in touch with the organizations listed below. These organizations may charge a fee.
The success rate of our applicant pool has been anywhere from just below 20% up to 30% in the past few years. We cannot make any predictions as to how many applicants we will have in a given year.