This specialized DAAD program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.
Who can apply?
Undergraduates with at least junior (third-year) standing pursuing a German Studies track or minor may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college German and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.
Master’s level graduate students in the humanities and social sciences earning a certificate or working on a project in German Studies may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.
PhD students in the humanities and social science disciplines in the process of preparing their dissertation proposals on modern German topics may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or principal advisor. Students whose dissertation proposals have already been formally accepted are not eligible for nomination. The intent of the program is to provide an opportunity for short-term exploratory research to determine the viability or to delimit the scope of their proposed dissertations. The program is not intended to supplement or substitute for regular dissertation field work abroad which should lag the short-term research stay by at least one semester. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.
* Advanced doctoral students are advised to consider DAAD’s Long-Term Research Grants or Short-Term Research Grants instead.
* Grants are restricted to citizens or permanent residents of the US and Canada who are enrolled full time at the university that nominates them.
Research support ranging in value from $2,000 to $3,000 is available to individual scholarship recipients and is intended to offset living and travel costs during the active research phase. Support cannot be provided for stays in Germany in the context of study abroad programs.
For more information about the German Studies Research Grant, click here.
- Application deadlines in 2021 are in May, July, and November.
- Any awards made will be subject to the ratification of the German federal budget for the same fiscal year.
- Applications postmarked the day of the deadline or earlier will be accepted; those with later postmarks cannot be processed. Incomplete applications are invalid.
- Please note: Application materials will not be returned, and no reasons for a decision will be given.
DAAD will announce its decision approximately eight weeks after the May and November deadlines. An additional deadline for 2021 in July has been added, for which we expect results to be available sooner for those interested in planning research for the fall.
If possible all parts of the application form should be electronically generated, typewritten, or otherwise neatly printed. Confidential letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be forwarded in sealed envelopes. Please do not staple any of the application materials.
A complete application consists of the following parts:
- Completed DAAD application form
- Curriculum vitae (résumé)
- Detailed description of the research project or the pre-dissertation proposal, including a research plan, timeline, and itinerary
- Budget statement
- List of German language and German Studies courses taken
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from the professor supervising the German Studies curriculum or the research project. Please ask your reviewers to send a scan of the signed letter to email@example.com.
- DAAD language evaluation form (“Sprachzeugnis”). The language evaluation form is a mandatory part of the application form, and must be completed and signed by a faculty member of the German Department at the applicant’s institution.
- Master’s level graduate students and PhD students: Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
- Undergraduates: Official transcripts of all undergraduate work completed
Important: All applications must be handed in 1) via regular mail (see address below) and 2) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in a single pdf-file.
In order for your application to be complete, you must hand in an electronic and a paper version of your application.
All applications must be sent to:
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
German Studies Research Grant
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Download Application Documents
Download: German Studies Research Grant Application Form (, 0)
Language Evaluation Form Download: Language Evaluation Form (pdf, 37.81 KB)