DAAD German Studies Research Grant

Supports third- or fourth-year students seeking a 1-2 month research experience in Germany.

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.

Research support ranging in value from USD 2,000 to USD 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.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Deadline 2: Friday, November 1, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

Third- and fourth year students who are US citizens under age 32, and either Germanic Studies majors or minors are eligible to apply. Candidates from the University of Chicago must receive nomination from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Germanic Studies Department: http://german.uchicago.edu/undergraduate.

Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German, plus at least three courses in German literature, history, politics (or in a related topic) at the time of application.

Other eligible applicants include:

  • Master's level graduate students in the humanities and social sciences earning a certificate or working on a project in German Studies
  • PhD students in the humanities and social science disciplines in the process of preparing their dissertation proposals on modern German topics

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

If possible all parts of the application form should be electronically generated, typewritten, or otherwise neatly printed. Confidential letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be forwarded in sealed envelopes. Please do not staple any of the application materials.

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@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 grubersliva@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.

All applications must be sent to:

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