DAAD - 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.

The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective. 

Master's level graduate students in the humanities and social sciences earning a certificate or working on a project in German Studies may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination. 

Period of Study

Undergraduates with at least junior (third-year) standing pursuing a German Studies track or minor may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college German and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

Master's level graduate students in the humanities and social sciences earning a certificate or working on a project in German Studies may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

PhD students in the humanities and social science disciplines in the process of preparing their dissertation proposals on modern German topics may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or principal advisor. Students whose dissertation proposals have already been formally accepted are not eligible for nomination. The intent of the program is to provide an opportunity for short-term exploratory research to determine the viability or to delimit the scope of their proposed dissertations. The program is not intended to supplement or substitute for regular dissertation field work abroad which should lag the short-term research stay by at least one semester. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

Grants are restricted to citizens or permanent residents of the US and Canada who are enrolled full time at the university that nominates them.

Special Considerations

Master's and PhD students should work with the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships

Award

Research support ranging in value from $2,000 to $3,000 is available to individual scholarship recipients and is intended to offset living and travel costs during the active research phase. Support cannot be provided for stays in Germany in the context of study abroad programs.

Application

A complete application consists of the following parts:

  • Completed DAAD application form
  • Curriculum vitae (résumé)
  • Detailed description of the research project or the pre-dissertation proposal, including a research plan and itinerary
  • Budget statement
  • List of German language and German Studies courses taken
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the professor supervising the German Studies curriculum or the research project. Please ask your reviewers to send a scan of the signed letter to grubersliva(at)daad.org.
  • DAAD language evaluation form ("Sprachzeugnis"). The language evaluation form is a mandatory part of the application form, and must be completed and signed by a faculty member of the German Department at the applicant's institution.
  • Master's level graduate students and PhD students: Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
  • Undergraduates:  Official transcripts of all undergraduate work completed

Deadline(s)

Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1. 

Additional information is available on the DAAD website

Details

Class Year

  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate

Discipline

  • Multiple

Language

  • English
  • Non English

Duration

  • Summer
  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Research
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate

Region

  • Europe

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

Yes