DAAD Scholarships and Grants

At A Glance...

Official Name: 
DAAD Scholarships and Grants (German Academic Exchange Service)
Campus Deadline: 
Saturday, October 19, 2024
Who Should Apply?: 

Undergraduates and graduates
DAAD Study and Long-Term Research scholarships deadline is October 19; all other DAAD scholarships have external deadlines.

What It's For: 

Research and study opportunities in Germany

Fields of Study: 
Any field

Study & Long-Term Research DAAD Scholarships for graduating seniors, master’s students, and PhD students require a nomination. 
UMass campus deadline for nominations is October 19 midnight. Send applications to onsa@honors.umass.edu

  • Support for one or two years of study in Germany
  • Can be used to earn a Master’s degree at a German university
  • German language ability should be commensurate with needs
  • Final-year undergrads may apply
  • €850 per month; insurance; travel stipend


  • Students in their last year of undergraduate studies at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university.
  • U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the U.S. or in Canada by the time of application deadline are eligible, if your last degree was obtained in the U.S./Canada, or you will have received a degree in the U.S./Canada before your scholarship starts. All other foreign nationals may need to apply via a different DAAD office.
  • Recent B.A./B.S. or M.A./M.S. graduates who completed their last degree no longer than 6 years ago.
  • U.S./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.


UMass campus deadline for nominations is October 19 midnight. Send applications to onsa@honors.umass.edu.
Research grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a master's degree or, in exceptional cases, a bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.
Long-Term Research Grants can offer students the chance to pursue a 7 to 12-month research project in Germany.

Tips for Success:

  • Follow the instructions on the DAAD web pages
  • Express why a stay in Germany is critical for your academic or professional goals
  • Choose the right school
  • Obtain a letter of invitation from a German professor or institution for research grants (an invitation essential for research grants)
  • Focus on academic goals and your background to achieve them
  • Present a reasonable time-line for research projects
  • Explain clearly why you chose the location or program
  • Submit quality letters of recommendation addressing your specific research goals/study plans
  • Make sure your application is on time and complete