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.
- Students in their last year of undergraduate studies at an accredited US or Canadian university.
- US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada by the time of application deadline are eligible, if your last degree was obtained in the US/Canada, or you will have received a degree in the US/Canada before your scholarship starts. All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
- Recent BA/BS or MA/MS graduates who completed their last degree no longer than 6 years ago.
- US/Canadian students in the first year of a Master’s degree program in Germany may apply to fund their second year.
- Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.
Period of Study
For a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in Germany: between 10 and 24 months depending on the length of the chosen study program.
- Applicants who will be starting a 2-year Master's program in Germany (24 months)
- Applicants who are already in Germany in the first year of a Master's program at the time of their application may apply for a scholarship for the second year of study (12 months); an extension is not possible.
- Applicants who are applying only for the first year of a Master's program or those who will be starting a 1-year Masters' program in Germany (10 months); an extension is not possible.
For a study period in Germany as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in a foreign country:
- Usually one academic year; an extension is not possible.
German academic years typically begin in October and end in September.
- DAAD scholarship recipients are not permitted to receive supplementary funding through any other German funding body. Supplementary funding from a non-German funding body may in some cases be permitted. However, they would then be treated as additional earnings, i.e. grants exceeding the tax-free income level in Germany (currently EUR 450 per month) would be deducted from the DAAD scholarship, unless the grant payments will be put on hold for the duration of your DAAD scholarship.
- If the degree program includes an additional study abroad (outside of Germany) lasting several months, funding for this period abroad is usually only possible under the following conditions:
- The additional study visit is essential for achievement of the scholarship objective.
- The additional study period is no longer than a quarter of the scholarship period. Longer periods cannot be funded, even partially.
- The additional study period does not take place in applicant’s home country.
- Monthly stipend of EUR 850.
- 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 materials are available on the DAAD Website.
The application period is typically from late June through early November. All non-electronic materials must be postmarked by the National deadline.
Additional information and specific dates are available on the DAAD Website.
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