German government sponsored study in Germany. Many different programs from summer programs to graduate work and mentored independent research. 


October 6, 2023

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

Timeline for Applying



Award recipients


Amanda Andriessen

DAAD Scholar, Fulbright Scholar

Yooseong Heo

DAAD Scholar

Elizabeth Nist

DAAD Scholar

Quick facts

Academic Discipline



US Citizen, Permanent Resident, DACA, Undocumented, Non-US Citizenships


Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate



Average GPA of Scholars


Endorsement Required


Award Amount

Varies with the fellowship

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.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of academic cooperation. They represent the German higher education abroad. They offer a wide range of highly selective scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany ranging from graduating seniors to post-doctoral scholars.

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


Well defined study plan in Germany and excellent academic track record.

Students and graduates of US and Canadian programs of all nationalities are eligible. 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. If applicable, German language ability must be commensurate with the plans for study or research.  

Search for Masters or PhD-level programs in your field at

When searching for supported degree programs, (and later in the DAAD application Portal) select the grant type "Study for Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines".

For more details on the application for a degree program, (or research exceeding 6 months) see the One Year Grants. For more details on the application for a short-term research (6 months or fewer) see the Short-Term Research Grants.

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 Art, Film, Design/Visual Communication, and Architecture.


Process for DAAD Duke Endorsement 2023
Schedule an appointment with an NCS AdvisorSchedule an appointmentOpen office hours every Monday at 4:00p.m. or by appointment 
Submit Application Interest Form(Coming Soon)Anytime, the sooner, the better!
Register on DAAD’s application site, but do not submit yet. No changes can be made once you submit on their site. Mid-July

Notify your recommender/s of your intent to apply. 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. Recommenders should email their completed and signed applications directly to OUSF.

 PhD (long-term) research applications require two recommendation forms. Masters Study applications permit only one recommendation form.

Application portal for study scholarships

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

Application portal for Ph.D. students

Reference forms due via email to by Friday, October 6, 2023, 12 p.m. (noon)
Request a German language evaluation if you know any German (even if you do not explicitly need it for your plans).  Language evaluations due via email to by Friday, October 6, 2023, 12 p.m. (noon)
Submit a PDF of your complete draft application via email to ncs-ousf@duke.eduncs-ousf@duke.eduFriday, October 6, 2023, 12 p.m. (noon)
Complete application online via the DAAD website, including all documents requested and CLICK SUBMIT. Download a summary PDF of all the uploaded documents from the portal and send to Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12 p.m. (noon)
NCS will send print applications and recommendation forms to DAAD Wednesday, November 1