DAAD German Academic Exchange One-Year Research Grant

Short term funding for research concerning Germanic studies abroad.

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 multidisciplinary perspective.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

Deadline 2: Sunday, November 1, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

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.

* Advanced doctoral students are advised to consider DAAD’s Long-Term Research Grants or Short-Term Research Grants instead.

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

Application Process

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, timeline, 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 grandel@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

Important: All applications must be handed in 1) via regular mail (see address below) and 2) via email to grandel@daad.org in a single pdf-file.
In order for your application to be complete, you must hand in an electronic and a paper version of your application.