Funded summer-long research programs in STEM fields in Germany.


Application Deadline

December 15, 2024 at 10:59 AM

11:59 pm CET – Central European Time


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Quick facts

Academic Discipline

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Eligibility: Citizenship

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

When to Apply

Sophomore Year, Junior Year

Campus Nomination Required?


Sponsoring Foundation Site


RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors.

Duke's Department of German Studies has a database of other opportunities in German studies. Visit their website to view the list.


The DAAD program provides a travel allowance and monthly stipends for living expenses, with housing provided to all participants by their host university.


To apply for a RISE placement you must: be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States, Canada or the UK as a full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field), be an undergraduate who will have completed at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the placement (graduates and graduate students from US or Canada should refer to RISE pro), prove that you will be registered as an undergraduate at your university/college for the academic year 2022/2023(i.e., that you will still have undergraduate status upon your return to your home university). German language skills are not required for most positions but would be helpful to manage everyday life outside of the laboratory. The working language will generally be English.

Selection Criteria

Each lab or research supervisor may specify their own requirements, with selection typically related to applicant's prior academic and research experiences, as well as reasons for wanting to pursue the research opportunity in question.