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


October 8, 2021

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

Timeline for Applying


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.


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.  

See the Supplementary Files section below for the Duke campus process PDF and the Checklist for your DAAD grant type.

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 (2021 Dates)
Complete the online Registration Form ASAP
Schedule an appointment with an NCS Advisor ASAP
Complete Application Warm Up Questions, including list of potential recommenders 48 hrs prior to meeting
Complete your Intent to Apply ASAP
Notify your recommender/s of your status and request DAAD reference form, due to us at October 8. Send your recommender/s a link to NCS’s Information for DAAD Recommenders PhD (long-term) research applicants have two recommendation forms required. Masters Study applicants have only one recommendation form allowed. ASAP
Request a German language evaluator if you know any German (even if you do not explicitly need it for your plans). This is due October 8. ASAP
Register on DAAD’s application site, but DO NOT SUBMIT YET. No changes can be made once you submit on their site. Mid-July
Submit a PDF of your Complete Draft Application along with your availability to interview October 8, 8 AM
Your recommender/s’ DAAD reference form is due to us atncs-ousf@duke.eduOctober 8
Your German language evaluation is due to us atncs-ousf@duke.eduOctober 8
Campus Interviews—these half hour interviews are an important part of your application. They will be scheduled one day during this interval, based on committee availability. Remote applicants will be asked to Zoom in. October 19-21
Revise your application based on committee feedback  
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 TBA
NCS will send print applications and recommendation forms to DAAD October 30