Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

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DAAD, in cooperation with science organizations in North America and Germany, is pleased to offer summer internships in Germany for Canadian and US undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE fellows work directly with doctoral students in research groups at top German universities and institutions and can expect to gain serious hands-on research experience.


Requirements Undergraduate students majoring in a science or engineering field (see above) are welcome to apply. Applicants must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study. Seniors (fourth-year students in Canada) must prove that they will still have undergraduate status upon their return to North America, otherwise apply for RISE professional. Knowledge of German is not required for most positions but would be helpful for life outside of the laboratory. Terms of Award Fully funded DAAD/RISE scholarships include: a monthly stipend of €650, for a period of 8 - 12 weeks (pro- rated depending on length of stay); health, accident and personal/private liability insurance, and an allowance of €160, for travel within Germany. Additionally, DAAD invites all RISE interns to a three-day scholarship holder meeting in Heidelberg or Dresden, all expenses paid. The host institution will assist the intern in finding reasonably-priced housing for the duration of the internship. Students with little or no German proficiency have the opportunity to participate in a two-week intensive language course before starting the internship.


German Studies Research Grant

German Studies Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grants may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of contemporary German affairs from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Undergraduate Scholarship

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, thesis research and/or internships in Germany that are either independently designed or part of organized programs.

University Summer Course Grant

Scholarships are available for a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses taught in German at German universities, which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive advanced language learning as well as extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. Please refer to for details on current course offerings.

RISE professional - Research Internships in Science and Engineering

RISE professional gives undergraduate DAAD alumni, graduating seniors (fourth-year students in Canada), recent graduates, Master’s and PhD students in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, and physics (or other closely related fields) a unique opportunity to gain practical, career-building experience working in a German company for the summer.

German Studies Research Grant

This specialized DAAD program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in Germany.

Leo Baeck Institute - DAAD Fellowship

The Leo Baeck Institute is a research, study, and lecture center whose library and archives offer comprehensive documentation for the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Fellowships are awarded for research in New York or Germany on the social, communal, and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry. Financial assistance is provided to doctoral students for dissertation research and to young academics for the preparation of a scholarly essay or book.

Study Scholarship for Artists and Musicians

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. Requirements: Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have concluded their studies with an appropriate degree in their home country. Applicants should have completed their Bachelor’s degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline. 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. Terms of Award: Scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months, October 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015) with the possibility of an extension. The monthly stipend is approximately €750. DAAD will also cover health insurance and provide a lump sum toward travel costs.

Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists

These grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates with ABD status at North American institutions or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research in Germany. Requirements: Applicants are expected to have a well-defined research project that makes a stay in Germany essential, and should have an invitation to a German university or research institution to pursue their project. Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply. For medicine or dentistry, please contact DAAD New York. Applicants in the arts, humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German. Applicants must have achieved ABD status no longer than four years before applying. Postdocs may apply for long-term grants up to two years after completion of their PhD, and for short-term grants up to four years after completion of their PhD. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students/scholars at an accredited US or Canadian university for at least two years at the time of application. Terms of Award: Grants are awarded for one to 10 months during the German academic year (October 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016). Additional two-month language course grants may be awarded to long-term grant holders, without separate application. Monthly stipends are approximately €1,000. DAAD will also cover health insurance and provide a lump sum toward travel.

Intensive Language Courses in Germany

DAAD offers grants to graduate students to attend eight-week intensive language courses at leading institutes in Germany. Detailed descriptions of the institutes, their teaching philosophies, course content, as well as course dates are available on their websites: Goethe-Institut; S + W speak + write; did deutsch-institut; Carl Duisburg Centren:; InterDaF Leipzig:; Requirements: Scholarships are awarded to full-time graduate students in any field of study except German Studies, German Language and Literature or German Translation and Interpretation. Applicants must have completed three semesters of college or university level German or have achieved an equivalent level of language proficiency at the time of application. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic records and personal statements. Terms of Award: DAAD will consider individual placement preferences, but grantees must accept DAAD’s final decision as to time and place. Courses can be taken between June and January of the following year. The scholarship of approximately €2,300 covers tuition, accommodations (arranged by the host institute) and a cash allowance, depending on the choice of course, location and accommodation. DAAD will also cover health insurance and provide a lump sum toward travel costs. Scholarship recipients are expected to devote their full attention to the course and may not concurrently undertake individual research. A written report is requested within four weeks of the end of the course.

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