DAAD German Academic Exchange One-Year Research Grant

Funding for 7-12 months of research in Germany

DAAD One-Year Research Grant: At a Glance


  • US citizens and permanent residents; non-US citizens who currently live in the US and whose BA will be granted by a US institution
  • Fourth-year students (fellowships process begins during 3rd year) and recent graduates (completed their degree no more than 6 years ago)

Selection Criteria: 

  • Quality of research proposal
  • Applicant’s preparedness to carry out the project
  • Academic achievement and future academic potential

Candidates for the DAAD One-Year Research Grant can affirm the following statements:

  • I can secure a letter of invitation from a professor at a German university that: 1. confirms my ability to conduct my research at their institution; 2. offers to mentor my project and provide a workspace
  • I can demonstrate that I will have access to data and materials relevant to my research and justify why my project must be conducted in Germany
  • I possess the requisite German language skills to carry out my research project

Extensive Description

One-Year Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master's degree, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree by the time they begin their grant-supported research.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the US/Canada by the time of application deadline must have gained their last degree in the US/Canada or will be gaining it before the beginning of their funding period. All other foreign nationals are still eligible, but may need to apply via the DAAD's Bonn Office
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.
  • If you are a German national, you must have been residing in the US/Canada for 6 continuous years at the time of the application deadline. 
  • Applicants should have completed their last degree no longer than 6 years before the application deadline.

Application Process

A complete application consists of the following parts:

  • Completed DAAD application form
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal which has been discussed with the applicant's academic mentor and a description of prior research work 
  • Schedule of planned research work
  • Letter confirming supervision by an academic adviser in Germany, which refers to the applicant's proposal and confirms that the host institute will provide a workplace
  • University degree Certificate(s), if applicable (e.g. Bachelor or Master)
  • Transcript(s)
  • DAAD language evaluation. 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.
  • 1 signed reference form from a university professor in your major subject or discipline 

Important: All parts of the application--with the exception of the reference form--must be uploaded to the DAAD's online platform. The signed reference form must be sent, via post, to the DAAD's New York office:

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Research Grant
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Recruitment and campus process begin in April. Interested candidates should contact Arthur Salvo.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Arthur Salvo