German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Study Scholarship

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The German Academic Exchange Service Graduate (DAAD) Study Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified graduating seniors 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 Germany university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country. 

Terms of award:

  • Study Scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for those wishing to completing a full degree program in Germany.
  • Funding periods are restricted to the exact dates of the German academic year (October 1 to July 31)
  • Monthly stipends are approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €925 / West: €1,300; Canada East: €1,450 / West: €1,300). In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
  • Results will be announced mid-April
  • Students in their last year of undergraduate studies at an accredited North American university.
  • Recent BA/BS or MA/MS graduates who completed their last degree no longer than 6 years ago.
  • Graduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited North American university.
  • US/Canadian students in the first year of a master’s degree program in Germany may apply to fund their second year.
  • Applicants in all fields are welcome to apply, but we don’t support the completion of a clinical science degree in Germany such as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.
  • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 months by the time of application deadline.
  • US/Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; foreign nationals who have been in a full-time degree program at a university in the US or Canada for at least one year by the time of application deadline are also eligible.
  • Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
  • Applicants may not concurrently hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German, German-American, or German-Canadian organization for the same project.
  • Prior DAAD funding recipients should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility.
Student Type
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status

UW is a DAAD Partner University. Contact Michelle Sutton or Emily Smith (contact info below) regarding campus application procedures.

All UW applicants will compete in the national selection process for these awards. UW is able to identify one application per year that will be given special consideration at the national level, but all will be considered for awards. 

Online application forms and instructions are at

A complete application is comprised of the following mandatory documents. Upload all documents (as listed below) in PDF format to the application portal, except the letter of recommendation (#7). Please note, if you would like to be considered for the priority application nomination, you will also need to submit copies of your application documents to Michelle Drapek or Emily Smith (contact info below).  

  1. Online Application Form (see Online Application Portal)
  2. Curriculum vitae  - in chronological/tabular form, max. 3 pages
  3. Study Proposal - your study proposal should include a narrative about academic and personal reasons for the planned study explaining why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further your educational and career goals. No format restrictions regarding font, spacing and paragraphs.
  4. Letter of admission to a study program - If this is not available at the time of the application deadline, this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study program begins..
  5. Information about your preferred master programs (<---Please download & see information below)

    ---> For Master’s degree applicants:
    Applicants  who will be starting their master’s program in Germany: when completing the form, DAAD recommends listing up to 3 potential degree programs to avoid a situation in which you are granted a scholarship but end up not getting accepted into a Master’s program. However, when writing your proposal, you should focus on your first choice, and mention briefly additional programs at the end of your proposal.
    - Those  who are already in the first year of a master’s degree program in Germany: complete the form, and list your current program.


    - For a study period in Germany as part of an American or Canadian postgraduate or Master’s degree: 
    submit proof that the academic credits earned in Germany will be recognized by your home institution (e.g. letter from your department).
  6. University degree Certificate(s), if applicable (e.g. Bachelor or Master): if your studies have not been completed at the time of the application deadline, the certificate must be subsequently uploaded to the portal before the scholarship-supported study program.
  7. Transcripts of ALL university studies, make sure that individual grades are listed and to include the explanations of the grading system (which are usually on the back).
  8. DAAD language evaluation form (Sprachnachweis): If you have any knowledge of German, submit this document signed by a faculty member (professors or teaching assistants) of the German Department at your institution. If you have no knowledge of German and your study language in Germany is English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your study language is English, and write at the top "No knowledge of German." (Please note that German is not a requirement for the Study Scholarship). You can download the form by clicking on the link in the box on the right.
  9. One reference form or letter of reference. There are two options for this: Professors at North American institutions in your field of study can
  • either fill out a DAAD Gutachten/Reference form (“Reports on scholarship applications submitted by foreign Graduates”).
  • or write their own letter of recommendation on university letterhead.

Please disregard the following requirements on our head office’s page:
-          “Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements)”
-          “Copy of School-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)”
-          “Proof that the academic achievements rendered in Germany will be recognized in the home country ”


UW students and alumni should submit complete packets of all materials to Michelle Sutton (for graduate students & Master's alumni) or Emily Smith (for undergraduate students and Bachelor's alumni). Addresses are noted below in the Contact section. Application materials must be received by the relevant deadline depending on whether you choose to compete for the priority nomination or not.

UW deadlines for application materials:

  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing arts* wishing to compete for UW's one priority nomination must submit their applications by the campus deadline. Priority nomination provides competition in a smaller pool of national applications. All applicants will be forwarded on to the national competition.
  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing arts* not wishing to compete for that priority nomination, but simply to compete in the general national application pool should submit their applications by the extended campus deadline: November 1. UW will mail all applications on to the DAAD national office by the national deadline on your behalf.
  • *  Music, visual arts and performing arts applicants can apply directly to the national office by Oct. 31, or can have their application materials forwarded by UW. Please see an adviser for details and questions.
Contact Information

UW Graduate Student Contact:
Michelle Sutton
Fellowship & Assistantship Office
The Graduate School
G-1 Communications; Box 353770
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-7152206-543-7152
Fax: 206-685-3234

UW Undergraduate and Bachelor's Alumni Contacts:
Robin Chang
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 MGH; Box 352803
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-4170
Fax: 206-616-4389

National Contact:
DAAD New York Office
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 758-3223(212) 758-3223
Fax: (212) 755-5780
Scholarship Program website: 
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