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Study Scholarship for Fine Arts, Architecture, Music, Dance

These scholarships aim to provide highly qualified students in the fields of fine art, design, film, music, choreography and architecture with an opportunity to complete a program of additional studies, with or without earning a formal degree, at a German institute of higher education. (For information for all other academic fields, see Study Scholarship).

Eligibility Requirements
Terms of Award
Application Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements
  • Students in their last year of undergraduates studies at an accredited North American university
  • Recent BA or MA 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
  • PhD candidates must have achieved ABD status no longer than four years before applying. Postdocs may apply until two years after completion of their PhD
  • Students who are in the first year of Master’s programs in Germany may apply to fund their second year
  • By the time of application deadline, applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 months.
  • Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian University for at least two years at the time of application.
  • Applicants may not hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German or German-American organization/German-Canadian organization concurrently for the same project. Prior recipients of a DAAD grant should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility status.
  • Check if your university is a DAAD Partner University by clicking here. If you are:

-  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)

-  not at a DAAD Partner University, send your application directly to the DAAD New York office.

    • October 31, 2014 (postmark): for all applicants in the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts to study for the following academic year in Germany.
Terms of Award  
  • Study Scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for students completing a full degree program in Germany.
  • Scholarships funding periods are restricted to the exact dates of the German academic year (October 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016).
  • Monthly stipends are approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €850 / West: €1,075; Canada East: €925 / West: €1,300). In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
  • Results will be announced mid-April
Application Guidelines
1) Application Form - Fill out the online application form. Answer all questions on the form completely. Some answers don’t appear on the print out but will be in our system in their entirety. Please disregard the last page of the application print out, "Information regarding your application,” it does not apply to North Americans. You also do not need to submit it. Do not forget to sign the printout of your application. No pictures required.

2) Supplementary Materials - You must also send one set of supplemental materials (exception:Four copies of scores for composers) .
     Please read the relevant guidelines for submitting supplementary materials in your field:

3) Curriculum vitae or résumé - in chronological/tabular form. Narrative CVs are not acceptable. Your name should appear on each page.

4) Study Proposal- A precise description of your study plans. The proposal (excluding references) should be not more than five to six pages in length, double spaced. You should pay careful attention to theoretical and methodological planning and you should make it very clear exactly what you propose to do in Germany, as well as an explanation of why a stay in Germany is absolutely essential to your project. Your name should appear on each page.

5) Letter of Recommendation - Submit two original letters of recommendation printed on university letterhead, from professors at North American institutions in your field of study. Please request that your professor include two photocopies with the original letter in a sealed envelope.

The following form gives a general outline of the points that selection committees expect (referred to as “Reports on scholarship applications”). Referees may use it as an alternative to a letter of recommendation.

6) Evidence of Contact with a German Institution - Your application will be greatly advantaged if you can provide evidence of any existing contact, or attempt at establishing contact, with academics at your chosen German host institution. E-mails can be accepted as evidence of contact.

7) 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)

8) Transcripts- Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions attended, including explanations of the grading systems. You may open the official transcript to make two photocopies of each transcript. It is not necessary to submit original copies if you have foreign transcripts; they may all be photocopies

  • Collate, but DO NOT staple, each set of the application in this order: 

            1.   Signed Application Form
            2.   Supplemental Materials
            3.   CV/Résumé
            4.   Study Proposal
            5.   2 Letters of Recommendation (sealed)
            6.   Evidence of Contact with German Institution
            7.   DAAD Language Evaluation Form (Sprachzeugnis)
            8.   Transcripts

  • All parts of the application must be submitted in THREE sets (1 original, 2 photocopies). Supplemental materials should be submitted only as one set except composers. Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
  • Mail your application to:

             DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
             Study Scholarship for performing/visual arts
             871 United Nations Plaza
             New York, NY 10017

  • Please keep a photocopy of the completed application and this Information Sheet for your records.
  • After you have submitted your application

Confirmation of receipt: Do not call or email to inquire whether your application has been received. Within six to eight weeks after the application deadline, you will receive an email to confirm the receipt of your complete application. You may submit your application in advance of the deadline date, but it will not be processed until after the deadline to assure fairness to all applicants of that scholarship program.

  • No reasons for decisions will be given.
  • Application forms and all supporting material remain with DAAD. Upon request, DAAD will return slides, tapes and drawings to applicants in the fine arts and music.  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
If you are NOT a citizen or student in the UNITED STATES or CANADA, please see:  DAAD International