The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD; German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), founded in 1925, is the largest German support organisation in the field of international academic co-operation.
DAAD is a private, federally funded and state-funded, self-governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany, representing 365 German higher education institutions (100 universities and technical universities, 162 general universities of applied sciences, and 52 colleges of music and art).
The DAAD itself does not offer programs of study or courses, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward study and/or research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education. It also awards grants to German students, doctoral students, and scholars for studies and research abroad. With an annual budget of 522 million Euros and supporting approximately 140.000 individuals world-wide, the DAAD is in fact the largest such academic grant organisation worldwide. The organisation was founded on 1 January 1925 but closed down in 1945, only to be re-founded again in 1950.
The DAAD headquarters are in Bonn and there are 15 international regional branch offices that exist to provide information and advice on study and research opportunities, as well as available grants, tailored to students and academics within their region.
The DAAD New York office serves residents of the United States and Canada who are enrolled or employed at American and Canadian higher education institutions and would like to study or pursue research in Germany. From the perspective of this side of the exchange, the DAAD’s mission is to facilitate American and Canadian students’ access to the distinguished German institutions of higher education and research—from research universities (Universitäten) to universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule), colleges of music and art, libraries and archives, and research institutions such as the Max Planck Institutes
The RLF is a political educational organisation closely affiliated with DIE LINKE (The Left Party) which awards scholarships to international students planning to obtain a doctorate or carry out a doctoral research stay in Germany. The sponsorship is based upon the Foundation’s political values: social justice and solidarity in particular.
- Doctoral candidates receive a grant of 1,350 EUR each month plus a mobility allowance of 100 EUR and, if necessary, health care subsidies.
- Admission to a doctoral programme at a state or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany.
- Proof of proficiency in German at a B2 level.
- Interested applicants should apply through the official web portal after making sure that they have met all the necessary requirements. The portal can be accessed by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2023Application ClosedOfficial link