|Frequently Asked Questions - Regarding DAAD Scholarships|
EMGIP-Bundestag Internship Program
|I am not a Canadian or US citizen, can I still apply?
Yes, international students in Canada and the US may apply if they are enrolled in a four-year program leading to a bachelor's degree.
How much German do I need to know?
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 don't speak any German yet. If you don't fit any of the categories listed, just have the instructor fill out the field for Sonstige Bemerkungen.
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, but if you are planning your own stay 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.
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.
Will I receive credit for the coursework or internship in Germany?
You will need to make the arrangements to receive credit yourself. In order to apply you have to show us that you are in principle eligible to receive credit from your home institution.
Will DAAD make housing arrangements for me?
No, DAAD scholarship holders find their own accommodation. Most German universities have dormitory space available and will assist with housing. DAAD can help to arrange for a one month-long stay with a German host family.
How do I design my own stay in Germany?
www.cdsintl.org/fromusa/ipgerm.htm http://www.gaccny.com/en/services/internship/us-german-internship-program/ www.usa-interns.org/ www.wisu.de/pguide/frame2.htm
I am a Canadian Francophone, may I submit my application and recommendation letters in French?
What advice can you give about the project proposal?
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
Can I apply if I intend to go to Germany in September?
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 (If you are on a study abroad program from September through December or from September through June, for example.)
Can I apply for study or research periods shorter than four months?
Is it possible for a freshman/first year student to apply?
No, students in their first or freshman year are not eligible.
When do I apply if I am planning to go to Germany between January and April 2013?
Even if you are going to Germany in early 2013, you have to meet our January 31, 2012 deadline. If you do not have acceptance into a study abroad program yet, please let your adviser certify that you have 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.
I am planning to go to Germany in the summer, am I eligible to apply?
If your summer stay is at least four months you may apply for the Undergraduate Scholarship, but you should note that you must apply during the prior academic year, over a year in advance; e.g. if you plan to go to Germany in May 2015, you apply at the January 2014 deadline. However, if your stay begins in the late summer, it might be possible for you to submit your application within the same year; e.g. for an August - November 2014 period in Germany, you apply at the January 2014 deadline.
Advice on recommendation letters:
The recommendation letters should be by professors, not teaching assistants. If you have not been taught by professors and your letters are by assistants, make sure a professor co-signs the letters. The letters should be by professors in your major fields of study (not necessarily a German professor). Letters by high school teachers or employers will not be accepted.
How should I submit multiple copies of recommendation letters?
There must be one original of each document and three copies (this goes for all other supplemental materials as well). Please ask the faculty members who are writing your recommendations to make a signed original letter and three photocopies, and put the original with its respective photocopies into one sealed envelope.
How can I make sure you receive the recommendation letters?
Submitting all of your application documents in one package is your surest bet. If any of your professors prefer to send their letters of recommendation directly to us, please include a list of their names with your main application so we know to expect them under separate cover.
Do all copies of my transcript have to be in sealed envelopes from my school's transcript office?
Applicants must submit four copies of their transcript, including at least one sealed, official transcript. We recommend you request two official transcripts from your university. Open one and make copies of it, and submit the other one in the original sealed envelope.
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 advisor. Make sure to list a specific advisor with their individual contact information.
What are my odds of receiving a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship?
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.
|How much German do I need to know?
German language fluency is important for you to be able to carry out the assignments during your internship. Your writing skills in German must be equally excellent.
How can I prepare for the internship?
We recommend reading Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen
Who do you consider an advanced undergraduate?
Juniors and seniors have been the only successful undergraduate candidates in the recent years of the competition.