RISE placements provide students the opportunity to live and work in an international context, to strengthen their practical and theoretical skills, and to improve their (or begin learning!) German. Last but not least, the research internship should be a source of mutual cultural enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.


December 15, 2023

11:59 pm CET – Central European Time




Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Health and Medical Fields
Natural Sciences
Scientific Research


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


Sophomore, Junior



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

Check Website for Details.



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. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance. RISE internships were first offered in 2005 to applicants from the US and Canada. In 2009 the program has been extended to the UK. Following the first intake of around 100 students in 2005, the number of participants has increased steadily up to 300 and more. About 300 scholarships are available.

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


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.