Undergraduate Scholarship
Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

Terms of Award
The Application Process
Reports from Past Grantees
Online Application
Eligibility Requirements
Each year, an independent selection committee of academics and international education experts is assembled to select the Undergraduate Scholarship grantees. This committee is looking for students who:
  • are currently second and third year students and will be in their third and fourth year during their stay in Germany
  • are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year.
  • possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity, as evinced by both their grades and letters of recommendation.
  • have well-defined study, research or internship plans for their stay in Germany.
  • submit the DAAD language evaluation form with their application, although German language competency is not mandatory.
  • demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals.
  • are enrolled, full-time students in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited North American college or university.
  • will return to the US or Canada after the scholarship period to complete their bachelor's degree.
Terms of Award

Scholarships may be granted for a minimum of four (one semester) and a maximum of 10 months (one academic year). Recipients will be awarded a monthly stipend of approximately € 650, plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses as well as health insurance.

Note: The scholarship periods must take place during the German academic year (anywhere from October 2014 through July 2015)
The Application Process
Collate FOUR sets of the following application materials (1 original, 3 photocopies):
  • the ORIGINAL PRINTOUT of the online application form WITH YOUR SIGNATURE
  • The following supplemental documents:
  • Resume
  • Project Proposal (approximately 3 pages, see FAQs for tips)
  • Two Letters (no more, no less) of Recommendation: If you have two majors, please submit letters from professors in both of your major fields of study; Otherwise, please submit a letter from a professor in your major field of study, and a letter from a professor in one of your minor fields of study. Please make sure to tell your professors not to send letters in German!
  • Statement of Support and Credit Eligibility.
    Click here to download the Statement of Support and Credit Eligibility.
  • One of the following: Acceptance into Study Abroad Program, Exchange Program, letter by mentor or invitation from a German university. (see FAQs if you have questions)
  • Transcripts (for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program only college transcripts!)
  • Language Evaluation Certificate (Sprachzeugnis). (All applicants are required to submit this, even if your study program is in English.)
    Click here to download the Language Evaluation Certificate (Sprachzeugnis).

Submit a total of FOUR SETS (1 original, 3 photocopies) of all the application materials; each set should be collated in the order listed above.
You have to submit at least one sealed document of each of your original recommendation letters and official transcripts.
Submit all documents in one package.
DO NOT STAPLE OR BIND any part of your application!
Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Please disregard the last page of the online application, entitled "Information regarding your application." The information relevant to your application includes supplemental documents listed above, as well as the instructions DAAD New York provides in the Online Application Guidelines and the Instructions for Completing the DAAD Online Application. Applicants do NOT need to submit a photo.

Your paperwork should be in English or French (if you are Francophone Canadian),
not in German.

Please do not call our office; you will receive an e-mail or letter of acknowledgment approximately four weeks after the deadline. If you want proof of receipt right away, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard in your application.
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance in May 2014.

Mail your complete application to:
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Undergraduate Scholarships
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
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.

Do all copies of my transcript(s) have to be in sealed envelopes from my school's transcript office?
As stated in the application guidelines for most DAAD scholarship programs, applicants must submit multiple copies of their transcript(s). 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. For letters of recommendation, please ask your referee to make copies, and include the original and photocopies in a sealed envelope.

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?
  • 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 mentor. 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.
Cultural Vistas
German American Chamber of Commerce
WISU Das Wissenschaftsstudium

My first language is French and I study at a French language university in Canada. Can I submit my application and recommendation letter 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 First-Year-Student to apply? No, students in their first or Freshman year are not eligible to apply for the Undergraduate Scholarship.

When do I apply if I am planning to go to Germany between January and April 2014?
Even if you are going to Germany in early 2014, you have to meet our January 31, 2013 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 of 2014. Am I eligible to apply?
If you are spending only the summer of 2014 (e.g. from May to July) you are not eligible for Undergraduate Scholarship funding; you should have applied before the January 2013 deadline. However, if you are planning to stay in Germany from the summer through December 2014, you may apply for Undergraduate Scholarship funding from September through December.

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 hand in several copies of the recommendation letters?
DAAD needs to receive one original of each document and three copies. The same is true for recommendation letters: Please ask the faculty members who are writing recommendation letters to include three copies for us.

How can I make sure you receive the recommendation letters on time?
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.

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 the odds of me 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.
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The application deadline for the academic year 2013/14 has passed. Our scholarships have all been awarded. All applications for the academic year 2014/15 must be postmarked by January 31, 2014.
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