Funding for a yearlong independent research project or master's degree in any field at any university in  Germany.


Application Deadline

September 27, 2024 at 4:00 PM

Speak to OUSF as soon as you begin thinking about these fellowships for more information.


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Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen, Non-US Citizen, DACA Recipient

When to Apply

Senior Year, Young Alumni

Average GPA of Scholars


Campus Nomination Required?


Age Limit

Applicants should have completed their last degree no longer than 6 years before the application deadline. Those in PhD programs must apply within 3 years of receiving ABD status.

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of academic cooperation. DAAD offers a range of scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany. German language proficiency not required unless needed to complete the proposed research or study plan. Many German institutions offer English-language courses.

The Office of University Scholars & Fellows nominates Duke undergraduate and graduate applicants applying for One-Year Research Grants and for Study Scholarships.

Duke's Department of German Studies has a database of other opportunities for German studies. Visit their website to access this list.

Application Timeline
Registration with DAAD ASAP

The DAAD reference form is available in the application portal; it is also called “referee’s report.” Forms must be signed in ink on a printed copy; forms do not accept e-signature. For all applicants, one recommendation form is required. Recommenders should email their signed letters directly to prior to the campus deadline. For the national deadline, recommendation letter/reference should be uploaded to the DAAD portal.

Application portal for study scholarships

Application portal for current seniors, and recent graduates for research proposals

Application portal for Ph.D. students

Friday, September 27, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
German language evaluation form, if you know any German (even if you do not explicitly need it for your plans). Email to, September 27, 12 p.m. (noon)
Deadline for campus evaluation. Submit a PDF of your complete draft application via email to, September 27, 12 p.m. (noon)
DAAD application deadline, include all documents requested and CLICK SUBMIT. Download a summary PDF of all the uploaded documents from the portal and send to
NCS will send applicant support letter to DAAD.TBA



The DAAD program provides a living expense stipend, a travel allowance, and a modest, one-time research or study grant to support the purchase of course or research materials.  


Students and graduates of U.S. and Canadian programs of all nationalities are eligible. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree prior to the grant period; graduates should have completed their last degree no longer than 6 years before the application deadline. Those in Ph.D. programs must apply within 3 years of receiving A.B.D. status.

If applicable, German language ability must be commensurate with the plans for study or research. English-language research opportunities are available, and many degree programs are taught in English. 

Those applying for graduate work in each of these fields below follow separate timelines. You will need to apply through direct processes that don't involve formal Duke endorsement: 
Music, Performing Arts, Fine, Film, Design/Visual Communication, and Architecture.

Selection Criteria

  • Outstanding academic achievements
  • Feasibility and Quality of research or study plans, typically substantiated by a detailed proposal and prior research or academic experiences
  • Applicant's potential, including motivation, prospects, and extracurricular achievements 
  • Language skills, if necessary 

N.B.: Each research host and master's degree program may specify their own requirements. 


Recent Duke Recipients


Grace Sorensen

DAAD Scholar, Class of 2024

Rebecca Liu

Fulbright Scholar, DAAD Scholar, Class 2024

Riya Mohan

DAAD Scholar, Class of 2024

Amanda Andriessen

DAAD Scholar, Fulbright Scholar