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
PhD students in the humanities and social science disciplines in the process of preparing their dissertation proposals on modern German topics may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or principal advisor. Students whose dissertation proposals have already been formally accepted are not eligible for nomination. The intent of the program is to provide an opportunity for short-term exploratory research to determine the viability or to delimit the scope of their proposed dissertations. The program is not intended to supplement or substitute for regular dissertation field work abroad which should lag the short-term research stay by at least one semester. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies 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 and 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"). This 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 or by an official of a Goethe Institute.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate 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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