DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. We offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 67,000 individuals per year. We also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a private, publicly funded, self governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. Based in Bonn, DAAD now plays important roles in furthering the international aspects of German academic, cultural, and science policies; supporting the international relations of German colleges and universities through international exchange and programs; and maintaining a worldwide network of offices, guest professors, and alumni who offer information and assistance on a local level.
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.
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.