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 an independent study abroad semester or year.

Eligibility Requirements
Terms of Award
The Application Process
Reports from Past Grantees
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, i.e. October 2016 - July 2017)
The Application Process
The application procedure is currently being revised. Please check back for any updates by the end of September.

The application is submitted online through the DAAD portal. You are also required to mail 3 copies of the “Application summary” (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed, to the application address.

Access to the DAAD portal opens about 6 weeks before the application deadline.

Certificates, transcripts, and translations may be scanned and uploaded in non-certified form.

1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages)
  • Statement about academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany (letter of motivation; 1-3 pages); see FAQs for tips)
  • Statement of Support and Credit Eligibility
  • Proof of acceptance into Study Abroad Program, Exchange Program, letter by mentor or invitation from a German university. This can be submitted after the rest of the application, but prior to starting the program. In this case, please include in your application a letter from your study abroad office or the program you are applying to, which confirms that you are indeed applying for the respective program.
  • College Transcripts
  • Language Evaluation Certificate (Sprachzeugnis).

    2. To be submitted by mail:

  • The "Application summary", which is generated in the portal in PDF format and can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send 3 copies to the application address.
  • One recent letter of recommendation from a university teacher; please enclose one copy of the letter in a sealed envelope with each copy of your application

  • 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.
    Applicants will receive notification of acceptance in May.

    Application address:
    DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
    Undergraduate Scholarships
    871 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017

    Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
    The application deadline for the academic year 2015/16 has passed. All applications for the academic year 2016/17 must be postmarked by January 31, 2016 .
    Frequently Asked Questions If you don't find an answer to your question there, contact Uschi Niethammer: niethammer[at]daad.org
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