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Study Abroad Scholarship

Highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full Master's degree program at a German university or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country.


Terms of Award:


  • Monthly stipend.
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel subsidy, unless these expenses are covered another source of funding.
  • One-off study allowance.

Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

To enable scholarship holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers the following services:

  • Payment of course fees for the online language course "Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)" (www.deutsch-uni.com) for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • A very limited number of scholarship recipients may be awarded an additional two-month intensive language course grant. This language course grant is decided upon by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application.
  • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the scholarship period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which has either been taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period
  • As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH or GI (Goethe Institute) examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.


Application Procedure:

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. Your reference has to be sent by post to the DAAD New York Office.

The portal will close automatically at 11 PM Central European Time (5 PM EST/4 PM CST/3 PM MTN/2 PM PST) on the deadline date (please check www.daad.org). Applicants are advised to start the application process at least one week before the closing date.


1.Check if your university is a partner university at www.daad.org/en/find-funding/graduate-opportunities/daad-partner-universities/

At a DAAD Partner University: contact your DAAD campus coordinator first and follow the application guidelines for your university’s pre-selection. Please note that your university may have an earlier internal deadline. (if you miss your university’s deadline, you may follow the general application guidelines below). This does not apply to short-term research grant applicants or to performing/visual artists.


2. Application Checklist

Please use the checklist on the Study Scholarship page to ensure you submit a complete application.

These guidelines are region specific for North American applicants only. You will find some different details on the application portal and the DAAD Bonn website, such as maximum pages; the instructions on this checklist supersede any conflicting information potentially found elsewhere.

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations maybe scanned in non-certified form, and uploaded to the DAAD portal.

3. Helpful Links for the Online Portal

  • Step by step Manual for Personal Funding: www.daad.de/sapportal/hilfe/hb_download/PBF_en.html
  • Technical support with the online portal, please email portal(at)daad.de



4. After You Submit Your Application

  • Results will be announced through the portal at the beginning of April.
  • Please DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL. You will receive an e-mail notification 8 weeks after the deadline.
  • Application decisions will not be accompanied with an explanation.
  • The application documents remain with DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process applications.