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DAAD Study Scholarships for Graduating Seniors in Germany, 2016-2017

Applications are invited for DAAD study scholarships for a year of independent study or a full master’s degree program at a German university. Highly qualified final year undergraduate students (graduating seniors) or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for this scholarship. The studentships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for those wishing to complete a full degree program in Germany. The application deadline is November 4, 2015.

Study Subject(s): The studentships are awarded in all academic fields except clinical science such as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.
Course Level: The studentships are available for a year of independent study or a full master’s degree program at a German university.
Scholarship Provider: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Award can be taken at: Germany

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Eligibility:
-Students in their last year of undergraduates 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 by the application deadline date
-Graduates students enrolled full-time at an accredited North American university
-US/Canadian Students who are in the first year of Master’s programs 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 at a German university 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.

 Open for International Students: Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian University for more than one year at the time of application.

Description: Highly qualified final year undergraduate students (graduating seniors) or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study funding for a year of independent study or a full master’s degree program at a German university. For applicants in artistic fields, Study funding for in the Field of Music, Study funding for Performing Arts, Study funding for Visual Art and Study funding for Architecture.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Study The studentships 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, 2016 to July 31, 2017).

What does it cover? 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.

Selection Criteria: Important selection criteria are:
-description of proposal and reasoning – for study or research stays and course of continuing education: a convincing and well-planned project (see chapter G: “How should I introduce my research project?”)- for structured study programmes or language and short courses: a well justified choice of course (see chapter G: “How do I write my letter of motivation”).
-academic achievements: Additional documents that prove academic suitability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the assessment.

Notification: Results will be announced mid-April.

How to Apply:
1). Check if your university is a DAAD Partner University
-At A DAAD Partner university: contact the DAAD campus coordinator, and submit your application to them; there may be an earlier internal deadline date. (if you miss your internal deadline date, you may alternatively submit directly to DAAD New York). Please note this doesn’t apply to performing/visual artists
-Not at A DAAD Partner university: send your application directly to the DAAD New York office.
2). A complete application is comprised of the following mandatory documents.
– Online Application Portal
-Curriculum vitae-in chronological/tabular form, max. 3 pages.
-Study Proposal – You may apply for funding for a Master’s program or a period of independent study.
-Evidence of Contact with a German Institution- E-mails can be accepted as evidence of contact.
-DAAD language evaluation form (Sprachzeugnis)
-Transcripts
-Letter of Recommendation
Make two (2) duplicates of the Application Summary, submitting a total of three (3) sets and the original letter of recommendation in one package. Do not staple. Please send your complete application package within one week after the deadline via post. You may submit your application in advanced of the deadline date, but it will not be processed until after the deadline to assure fairness to all applicants.

Online Application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 4, 2015. 

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application