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.

Program Objectives
Eligibility Requirements
Terms of Award
Application Guidelines
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Program Objectives
The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.
Eligibility Requirements
Undergraduates with at least junior (third-year) standing pursuing a German Studies track or minor may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college German and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

Grants are restricted to citizens or permanent residents of the US and Canada who are enrolled full time at the university that nominates them.
Terms of Award
Research support ranging in value from $2,000 to $3,000 is available to individual scholarship recipients and is intended to offset living and travel costs during the active research phase. Support cannot be provided for stays in Germany in the context of study abroad programs.

Application Guidelines
If possible all parts of the application form should be typewritten otherwise neatly printed. Confidential letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be forwarded in sealed envelopes. Please do not staple any of the application materials.

A complete application consists of the following parts:
  • Completed DAAD application form
  • Curriculum vitae (résumé)
  • Detailed description of the research project or the pre-dissertation proposal, including a research plan and itinerary
  • Budget statement
  • List of German language and German Studies courses taken
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the professor supervising the German Studies curriculum or the research project
  • DAAD language evaluation form (Sprachzeugnis). The language evaluation form is a mandatory part of the application form, and must be completed and signed by a faculty member of the German Department at the applicant's institution.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate work completed
  • All applications must be sent to:

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Attn: German Studies Research Grant
    871 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017-1814
  • Application deadline is November 1, 2016.

  • Any awards made will be subject to the ratification of the German federal budget for the same fiscal year.

  • Applications postmarked the day of the deadline or earlier will be accepted; those with later postmarks cannot be processed. Incomplete applications are invalid.

  • Please note: Application materials will not be returned, and no reasons for a decision will be given.

  • DAAD will announce its decision approximately eight weeks after each deadline.
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