German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE Professional

Website: RISE-Pro


Good research relies on cooperation, and international teamwork is becoming increasingly important. This means that scientists and engineers with international experience are increasingly sought after in both business and industry. The number of truly exciting professional work programs abroad for students in the sciences and engineering is still far too small. Because of this, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) set out to create unique opportunities for science and engineering students from the United States and Canada interested in gaining serious practical experience in Germany.

RISE professional - Research Internships in Science and Engineering - gives recent graduates, Master and PhD students in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology and Physics a unique opportunity to gain practical, career-building experience  working in a German company for the summer. Undergraduates who are RISE alumni or former DAAD scholarship holders are also invited to apply. All participants receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses.

An International Professional Experience - The placements will give North American students the possibility to further develop their practical skills, gain an insight into professional work and get to know the opportunities which are offered by industrial companies.  They benefit from working in international teams and gaining international professional experience as well as getting a taste of  the culture of the German work place.  The internship also looks great on a resume and provides excellent opportunities for  establishing life-long professional contacts. 

The Award:

DAAD will provide a monthly scholarship of € 343 for undergraduates and Master students and graduates and € 700 for PhD students. The host companies will contribute an additional stipend of € 500 net per month. Furthermore, each scholarship holder will receive € 160 travel reimbursement for the trip to the scholarship meeting in Heidelberg or Dresden. DAAD will also provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance.

All scholarship holders will be invited to a 2-3 days scholars meeting.

For those who plan to attend a language course in Germany, DAAD will cover 70 % of course-fees (max. € 250).


To apply for a RISE Professional internship you must:

  • be a full-time student enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program at a North American, British or Irish university (at the time of the internship) in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Earth Science or Engineering (or a closely related field)
    be an undergraduate RISE Germany- Alumni in a relevant field studying at a North American, British or Irish university (at the time of the internship)
  • Applicants must prove their enrolment at the time of the internship
  • Recent graduates are not eligible to apply
  • German language requirements depend on the nature of the internship. Some require at least an intermediate level of German language skills while others require none at all
Student Type
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Undocumented

The application is submitted completely online through the RISE Professional  database. If you are interested in participating, the first step for you is to register and to login to access the internship database. Then fill in the online application form and upload all necessary documents.  Please check the list of application documents you must submit in the application portal. The internship database opens between October November.


Contact Information

German Academic Exchange Service
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Section 316 - Programs for North Americans, Project Grants
RISE professional
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Martina Ludwig
Phone: +49 -228-882-104 (from 8 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.)
Fax: +49 -228-882-9-104
E-Mail: rise-pro[at]