Quick Facts
Eligibility Requirements
Selection Criteria
Contact Information

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) or German Academic Exchange Service is a private organization founded to promote contact between the universities of Germany and the rest of the world. DAAD maintains close links with German universities, arranging scientific and academic exchanges with numerous countries for professors, lecturers, and students from varied faculties.

DAAD offers scholarships to highly qualified graduate students, Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral researchers for study and/or research at universities or institutes in the Federal Republic of Germany. Students are particularly encouraged to apply for support to participate in master’s programs in Germany.

This scholarship provides funds for study and/or research in Germany for 1 to 10 months between October and July, or up to 24 months if the recipient is pursuing a full degree course.

You should review this site and the official DAAD Program web site, and then consult with the MIT Distinguished Fellowships Committee for more information.

Quick Facts

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship

  • Field of Study: All but medicine
  • Type: Graduate
  • Place of Study: Germany
  • Award: €795 - €975 monthly stipend; €520 – €1,022 for travel to/from Germany
  • MIT Deadline: Late October
  • National Deadline: Mid-November

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, or if a foreign national, have been enrolled for more than one year as a full-time graduate student at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university.
  • Be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university.
  • Have completed your Ph.D. no more than two years prior to the application, if you are a post-doctoral applicant.
  • Applicants must have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in the Federal Republic of Germany essential.


  • Applicants who are not enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S. or Canadian university at the time of application must have remained scientifically, artistically or scholarly active since the completion of their graduate degree. Applicants must have no more than two years (in total) interruption in their scientific, artistic, or scholarly activity at the time of application. Individuals must be U.S. or Canadian citizens.

Selection Criteria

  • Preference is given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member of a German university or research institute.
  • For applicants not currently enrolled in a graduate program, those affiliated with a U.S. or Canadian university are preferred.


(see official site for details and forms)

Applications should be submitted online or to DAAD NY. Complete applications consist of one original and five copies of the following materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Detailed curriculum vitae or résumé in chronological/tabular form
  • Five-six page description of the study or research project, in English
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of any existing contact or attempt at establishing contact with academics at the chosen German host institution
  • DAAD language certificate, filled out and signed by a faculty member of the German department or by an official of the Goethe-Institut
  • Official transcript of all post-secondary studies, including explanations of grading systems


MIT Process


  • Meet with an MIT Germany advisor. Appointments can be made by emailing eschenck@mit.edu or by visiting the MIT Germany Office in E40-429.
  • Send email to scholarships@mit.edu to be added to the mailing list and to receive information about upcoming workshops and fellowship deadlines.
  • Attend a workshop on distinguished fellowships.
  •   Develop your research project plan.
  • Line up faculty members who will write your recommendations.
  • Complete the language certificate. 


  • Research your choices of German university and intended program.
  • Establish and/or maintain contact with a faculty member at the German school you are interested in attending.
  • Draft your research or study proposal.
  • Provide your referees with all the information they need to supply letters of recommendation by October.
  • Download and begin work on your application.


  • Schedule a language certificate test with a member of the German faculty.
  • Review and revise your application.
  • Seek the advice of faculty, staff, and fellow students to increase the strength of your application. Staff members in the Distinguished Fellowships Office will review and critique your essays.

National Process



  • Selection committee reviews applications and notifies recipients.

Contact Information

MIT Representative

Erin Schenck 
MIT- Germany
MIT Room E40-429
Tel: 617-324-2153

General Information

DAAD Office
871 United Nations Plaza
New York , NY 10017
Tel.: (212) 758 3223
Fax: (212) 755 5780
Email: daadny@daad.org
Official fellowship site