DAAD was founded in Heidelberg, Germany in 1925 on the initiative of a single student and since then over 1.9 millon scholars have received DAAD funding and 100,000 more on a yearly basis. DAAD is a registered association and its members are German public institutions of higher education and student bodies. The activities of DAAD goes beyond awarding scholarships and grants, DAAD also supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. DAAD is financed through public funding bodies and is currently the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. The head office of DAAD is located in Bonn, Germany, however they have 15 branches across the globe and 50 international information centers.
- A bachelor’s degree and two years of work experience (note if you have a bachelor’s degree without two years of work experience you are not eligible).
- There is no fixed age limit but there is a required study gap between the time of completion of your last education/degree and your time of application.
Most DAAD scholarship recipients are masters students or doctoral candidates and postdocs. Only very few are awarded at Bachelor’s level (to top students at German schools abroad). This is because graduate students have already proven their academic ability by completing their first degree. DAAD scholarships usually consists of a monthly scholarship payment of €861 for graduates and €1,200 for doctoral/PhD students, a flat rate travel allowance. In many cases, DAAD also provides with health, accident and personal liability insurance. Click here for the benefits offered for the different programs.
Applicants of the DAAD scholarship can choose between different types of institutions in Germany: there are universities, universities of applied sciences, private universities and universities of cooperative education in many different German cities. Every type of higher education institution has particular areas of specialization.
Follow this link to see the different types of institutions and their specializations
The basic requirements are:
- Being a graduate
- Country of origin (only specified, click here for the list of eligible countries)
- Language requirements: For English taught courses, proof of English language proficiency is required: IELTS (minimum score Band 6) certificate or TOEFL certificate (minimum score 550 paper based, 213 computer based and 80 internet based) is required. For German taught courses, a German B1 certificate is required.
- Subject : applicable to the following disciplines:
- Language and cultural Studies
- Law, Economics and Social Sciences
- Mathematics/Natural Sciences
- Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional science
- Art, Music, Sport
For institutions in Germany, the application phase for the winter semester which usually starts in September/October begins in early May and ends on 15 July while for the summer semester starting in March/April the application period runs from early December to 15 January.
Acceptance letters are usually sent out between August and September, and between February and March for winter and summer semesters, respectfully. Rejections are often sent a little later and private institutions may have different dates.
The Application process is different for different countries. Follow this link to the page where you can select your country of origin and see the specific application process for your country.
However, if you’re not eligible for the DAAD scholarship/if your country is not on the list of eligible countries or you want to study a bachelor degree in Germany even without meeting the high academic record, note that public universities in Germany are tuition free and you only need to pay a tiny amount as semester contribution which could be anything from €50 to €350, depending on the institution. Visit the link below to find English taught, tuition-free programs for international Students in Germany. International Programmes