German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) Programs


About the DAAD

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm.

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. We offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 67,000 individuals per year. We also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.

To learn more about DAAD, visit the english website of DAAD Germany


Programs, Internships, Grants

The German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) offers a multitude of scholarship programs, internships, and grants for undergraduates, graduates, and Ph.D. & post-doctorates.  Below are short descriptions of each opportunity.  Please be sure to click the links to view the application processes, eligibility, benefits, and important dates and deadlines!

For undergraduates:


For graduates:

Click here to search a database of international Master’s programs in Germany.

  • Research Grants
    • Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists are awarded to highly qualified PhD candidates, recent PhDs or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.
  • German Studies Research Grant
    • 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.
  • RISE professional
    • The RISE (Research Internship in Science and Engineering) professional program is administered by DAAD’s headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Please visit for the complete program description and application guidelines.
  • EMGIP – Bundestag Internship
    • EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long in positions matching the student’s interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.
  • University Summer Course Grant
    • This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of 3- to 4-week summer language courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.A number the University Summer Course Grants are made possible by the DAAD Alumni Association of the US, including one that is specially earmarked for an applicant in the fine arts.To find out the most up-to-date information on course offerings at different universities, go to the DAAD Summer Course Search Engine. Make sure to choose courses marked with this circle icon , only these courses are eligible for funding.
  • Intensive Language Courses in Germany
    • DAAD offers grants to applicants from North American universities, who at the time of application have attained at least sophomore standing (second-year standing in Canada), to attend 8-week intensive language courses at leading institutes in Germany. Extensive descriptions of the institutes, their teaching philosophies, course content, as well as course dates are available on the website of each institute:
  • Summer Law School 
    • The Summer Law School 2012 offers the unique opportunity to receive intensive legal training at one of the most prestigious law schools in Germany, the University of Freiburg.The Summer Law School placements provide students with the unique opportunity to work in an international firm or organization, to learn about the daily life of a lawyer, consultant or judge, and to gain confidence in an international environment. Last but not least, the internships are a source of mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both, the interns and their hosts.
 For Ph.D. and post-docs, DAAD offers 15+ opportunities. Please visit this link for more detailed information regarding each program.


Curious about the application process for DAAD Scholarships and Grants?  Click here for the most commonly asked questions and DAAD’s responses.

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