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DAAD Graduate Awards

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Eligibility

Open to: 
Graduate students
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 

Study Grant Eligibility:

  • Graduating seniors, graduate students and recent graduates who have completed degrees no longer than 6 years before the application deadline.
  • Students in the first year of a full Master’s program in Germany may also apply for an extension to fund the second year of the Master’s.

Research Grant Eligibility:

  • Full-time enrollment in doctoral program or in a full-time postdoctoral position. For short-term grants (1-6 months) applicants must have ABD status by the time of application, but those applying for long-term (7-10 months) should have reached ABD status by the time of the grant period. Post-Docs applying for short-term (1-6 months) should have completed their degrees no longer than 4 years before the time of application. Those applying for long-term grants (7-10 months) should have completed their degrees no longer than 2 years before the time of application.
  • Enrolled at Stanford University (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of application.
  • Bachelor's degree by the grant start date.
  • U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Foreign nationals may be able to apply if they have been full-time students at Stanford for at least two years at the time of application. This does not apply to German citizens.
  • A well-defined study/research project that makes a stay in Germany essential. Preference will be given to applicants who have been invited by a German faculty member.
  • Have adequate knowledge of the German language to carry out proposed research.

Application

Application Process: 

Timeline

The DAAD Graduate Awards have a campus process and require a Stanford nomination. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is typically in mid-October and the national deadline in early November. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Should I apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if a DAAD Award is right for you, can be found here: https://stanford.box.com/Should-I-Apply-General-Handout

Additional information on the DAAD Awards, including application criteria, can be found at: 

Graduate Study Scholarship: https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/graduate-opportunities/study-scholarship/

Graduate Research Grant: https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/graduate-opportunities/research-grants/

DAAD offers other grant opportunities for which Stanford students may apply. More information can be found at: https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/

Campus Process

Campus Deadline Submission Checklist

DAAD STUDY SCHOLARSHIP application includes the following:

  • Stanford Campus Application Coversheet (available on our webpage, see above)
  • DAAD Online Application Form
  • Full CV/Resume - (max. 3 pages)
  • Study proposal - (max. 3 pages) this should include a narrative about academic and personal reasons for the planned study explaining why the program was chosen and how it will further your educational and career goals. No format restrictions regarding font, spacing and paragraphs.
  • Letter of admission to a study program in Germany. If this is not available at the time of the application deadline, this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study program begins.
  • "Information about your Preferred Master Programs" (see DAAD website)
  • For Master’s degree applicants:
  1. - 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.
  2. - Those  who are already in the first year of a master’s degree program in Germany: complete the form, and list your current program.
  3. - OR 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).
  • University Degree Certificate(s)
  • Official Transcripts – including explanations of grading system
  • DAAD Language Evaluation Form (Sprachnachweis) - See DAAD official website for details - go to Application Guidelines and Checklist.
  • For Campus Level: One Letter of Recommendation (Original letter on letterhead stationary with signature and 2 photocopies enclosed in one sealed envelope)
  • For National Level: 1 signed reference form from a university professor in your major field in a sealed envelope. Your reference must send a scan of the signed form via email to gradscholar@daad.org . The reference form is available on the DAAD portal, also called referee's report.
  • Stanford Nomination Form and Waiver (available at the ORC)

DAAD RESEARCH GRANTS application includes the following:

  • Stanford Campus Application Coversheet (available on our webpage, see above)
  • DAAD Online Application Form
  • Full CV/Resume (max. 3 pages)
  • List of Publications (max. 5 pages), if applicable
  • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal which has been discussed with the academic adviser and a description of previous research work (max. 5 pages)
  • Schedule of planned research work
  • Letter confirming supervision by an academic adviser in Germany, which refers to the applicant's proposal and confirms that the host institute will provide a workplace
  • Official Transcripts - (Doctoral, Master’s (or JD), Undergraduate)
  • DAAD Language Evaluation Form (Sprachnachweis) – See official checklist for link
     
  • For Campus Level:
  • 1) One Letter of Recommendation (Original letter on letterhead stationary with signature and 2 photocopies enclosed in one sealed envelope) OR reference form
    2) For Ph.D. candidates, a letter on university letterhead from your department confirming that you are in ABD status.*
  • For National Level: 1 signed reference form from a university professor in your major field in a sealed envelope. Your reference must send a scan of the signed form via email to gradscholar@daad.org . The reference form is available on the DAAD portal, also called referee's report.
  • Stanford Nomination Form and Waiver (available at the ORC)

3 copies of the “Application Summary”, which is generated in the portal in PDF format, and which can be printed out after the application procedure is completed (printed one-sided, not stapled)

*Note: PhD Candidates at North American institutions applying for short-term grants (one to six months) must have ABD status by the time of application deadline, but no more than four years before applying. For those applying for long-term grants (seven to 10 months) must have reached ABD status by the start of the grant period, but no more than four years before applying.

For Both DAAD Graduate Study and Graduate Research Award Applicants:

Submit both the paper version and the electronic version of the following to the Overseas Resource Center, 2nd floor, Bechtel International Center by 4pm on the campus deadline:

  • Email the following materials to Diane Murk dmurk@stanford.edu:
  1. PDF of Application (to be downloaded from DAAD application system once you submit your application)
  2. Stanford DAAD Cover Sheet (see above on this webpage)
  3. Stanford Nomination Form Waiver (available at the ORC)
  • Drop off / Deliver the paper version of the following materials:
  1. 3 Copies of the Application, Cover Sheet, and Waiver (do not staple)
  2. 1 sealed envelope of reference forms/letters.
  3. (For PhD candidates, include your ABD letter with the application materials for the campus level.)

 

 

Selection Process: 

We will forward all of candidate's application material to our DAAD Campus Screening Committee the day after our campus deadline. Our faculty member panel will decide which two applicants will be Stanford's Preferred Candidates / Nominees for special consideration. Please keep in mind that we forward, by mail, all approved applications to the DAAD office for review and selection before the national deadline.

 

Additional Information

Contact: 

How the ORC can help?

After reading this website and the official DAAD website you should attend an information session. Info sessions can be found at http://bechtel.stanford.edu/overseas-scholarships.  This is your first step in working with the ORC team.

Amount Awarded: 
monthly payment of € 750 for postgrads and around € 1,000 for doctoral candidates and postdocs

About The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) is a private, federally and state-funded, self-governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany. The DAAD awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward graduate study and research in Germany in any academic field and at any academic level at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education. There are two types of DAAD Graduate Awards for our campus process:

Study Scholarship: A 10-month scholarship to be used for a full master's degree program at a German university or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or master's degree program completed in the home country. All recipients of study scholarships must enroll in courses.

Research Grant: Available to doctoral and post-doctoral students whose goal is to conduct research for either 1-6 or 7-10 months. Students may apply for multi-year research grants to pursue a doctoral degree. 

Please note that as a partner university, Stanford is allowed to select two "preferred applicants" whose applications will be entered into a separate pool. While preferred applicants are not guaranteed an award, their chances are reasonably good. However, all applicants are forwarded on to DAAD for consideration.

Administered by Stanford
Duration: 
< 1 year
Location: