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. 

For applicants in artistic fields, see
Study Scholarship for in the Field of Music.
Study Scholarship for Performing Arts.
Study Scholarship for Visual Art.
Study Scholarship for Architecture.

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

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
  • US/Canadian Students who are in the first year of Master’s programs in Germany may apply to fund their second year
  • Applicants in all fields are welcome to apply but we don’t support the completion of a clinical science degree at a German university such as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 months by the time of application deadline.
  • US/Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; Foreign nationals who have been in a full-time degree program at a university in the US or Canada for at least one year by the time of application deadline are also eligible.
  • Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
  • Applicants may not concurrently hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German, German-American, or German -Canadian organization for the same project.
  • Prior DAAD funding recipients should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility.
Terms of Award
  • Study Scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for those wishing to completing a full degree program in Germany.
  • Funding periods are restricted to the exact dates of the German academic year (October 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017).
  • Monthly stipends are approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €925 / West: €1,300; Canada East: €1,450 / West: €1,300). In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
  • Results will be announced mid-April
Tutorial: How to apply  
Application Guidelines

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.

Check if your university is a DAAD Partner University

  • 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). Please note this doesn’t apply to performing/visual artists
  • NOT AT A DAAD PARTNER UNIVERSITY: send your application directly to the DAAD New York office.


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)
2) Curriculum vitae  - in chronological/tabular form, max. 3 pages.
3) Study Proposal - You may apply for funding for a Master's program OR a period of independent study.

* 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.

  • For Master's Degree programs: Your study proposal should have 1) a narrative proposal explaining why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further your educational and career goals (max. 2 pages) and 2) a short outline of the study modules of your top choice program website (max. 2 pages)

4) Evidence of Contact with a German Institution

  • For Master's Degree Applicants: As German university deadlines are later than our deadline, you may not yet have been admitted to a German university. In this case, submit just this form: Profile of the desired Degree Programme (Word). If you are already enrolled in Germany, and applying for the second year of your Master’s program, submit your admission letter as evidence.

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)
6) Transcripts -  Open and upload your official transcripts of all university studies, make sure to include the explanations of the grading systems that is usually on the back
7) Letter of Recommendation - Submit one original letter of recommendation. Please request that your professor include two photocopies with the original letter/form in one sealed envelope. There are two options for this: Professors at North American institutions in your field of study can

  • either fill out a DAAD Gutachten/Reference form (“Reports on scholarship applications submitted by foreign Graduates”).
  • or write their own letter of recommendation on university letterhead.

Please disregard the following requirements on our head office’s page:
-          “Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements)”
-          “Copy of School-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)”
-          “Proof that the academic achievements rendered in Germany will be recognized in the home country ”



  • Register at the Online Application Portal prior to making an application
  • Once registered, log on to the portal to download an electronic application form, select "Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines, 2016/17 (No. 57214223), and complete it in their own time.
  • Upload all documents (as listed above) in PDF format to the application portal, except the letter of recommendation (#7). you should have all of the compulsory documents ready when you upload your completed application form.
  • Once an application has been accepted, a notification and an “Application Summary (PDF)” will be sent to you from the portal. Print out the application summary as soon as you receive it.
  • The Online Application Portal allows applicants to check the status of their 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)
             Study Scholarship
             871 United Nations Plaza
             New York, NY 10017

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.

Ready for your application? Then please click HERE.

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