DAAD Research Ambassadors - 2014/15 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Since 2005, DAAD New York has been operating its highly successful "Young Ambassadors" program, consisting of recently-returned undergraduate students who have studied in Germany are willing and excited to promote Germany as a study and research destination on their campuses. In an effort to assemble a similar cadre of informed and enthusiastic experts and advisers on higher-level research opportunities in Germany, DAAD New York launched the Research Ambassadors program in 2008.

DAAD Research Ambassadors' primary role is to inform students and researchers in the USA and Canada about Germany as a research destination and to foster collaborations with German colleagues. They are a group of scholars and scientists committed to a wide range of activities to promote research in Germany, from providing information, mentoring, participating in panel discussions or information fairs, to being available to answer questions via email, hosting information events, etc.

Requirements
Eligible applicants:
  • have completed a total of at least 10 months conducting research in Germany at the doctoral level or above;
  • are familiar with the current research landscape in Germany for their respective discipline;
  • are willing and able to attend the DAAD Research Ambassadors Training Workshop in New York City, from the evening of Thursday, August 14 until mid-day on Saturday, August 16.
  • Scholars and scientists from all disciplines are invited to apply. Priority will be given to former recipients of DAAD grants and scholarships (i.e. DAAD Alumni), but other "Germany Alumni" will be accepted, including German nationals who studied in Germany but are now living in the US or Canada.
Responsibilities
The main responsibility of a DAAD Research Ambassador is to promote research opportunities in Germany in his/her professional community, university or organization, and discipline. This can take the form of:
  • Contacting departmental chairs and senior administration officers to share information about study and research opportunities in Germany, including DAAD grants and other organizations' funding programs.
  • Arranging an informational meeting on campus each academic year for students in their department and/or prospective applicants to DAAD programs.
  • Providing advice and support to students and researchers interested in pursuing academic activities in Germany in his/her field from any university or institution in the US or Canada – and potentially doing the same for German DAAD grantees currently studying in North America.
  • Throughout and at the end of each academic year, each Research Ambassador submits short reports to DAAD with any important contacts made and meetings organized. DAAD will include a short report form on the website to fill out.
Once selected, short biographies and photos of the DAAD Research Ambassadors will be posted to www.daad.org and alumni.daad.org so that interested parties can contact them with questions about research in specific fields in Germany.

Research Ambassador terms are for one academic year, and can be renewed. The RA may also request a multiple-year term.

Please note that this is a voluntary post with no compensation available. However, DAAD will make reimbursements available upon request to cover expenses related to production of promotional materials or for refreshments at meetings or informational events. Also, travel arrangements for the Research Ambassadors Training Workshop in August will be covered by DAAD.
Application and Deadline

Click here to download the application form.

Applications must be received by May 2nd, 2014.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact Ms. Amra Dumisic at dumisic@daad.org or (212) 758-3223 x211.