DAAD Grants for Study and Research in Germany


An agreement between the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) and Boston University provides BU graduating seniors and graduate students the opportunity to apply for study or research scholarships in Germany during the next academic year.

Study Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent BU alumni to pursue full Master’s degrees in Germany starting in the Fall 2018.

Research Grants are awarded to candidates who wish to pursue research or an independent project at German universities, archives, or institutes. Doctoral candidates (Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees), candidates who have completed a Master’s degree, and in exceptional cases graduating seniors who will have received their Bachelor’s degree prior to beginning their research are eligible. Individuals who wish to earn a doctoral degree in Germany should apply for the Research Grant as well. These grants support long-term projects (7 to 10 months) during the German academic year.


  • BU seniors who expect to graduate in May, current graduate students, doctoral students, and Ph.D. candidates.
  • Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply.
  • U.S. or Canadian citizens, or permanent residents. Foreign nations may be eligible to apply but should contact us before submitting an application.
  • Research Grant applicants should have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member at a German university to study or do research in a particular department.
  • Language proficiency commensurate with the proposed course of study/research. Applicants in the arts, humanities, and social sciences should have a good command of the German language.


BU students who wish to apply for a DAAD Study Scholarship or Research Grant must complete the DAAD application form and submit hard copies of the required application materials to BU’s Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by October 15, 2021. The following should be submitted:

  • DAAD application
  • CV/Resume (max 3 pages)
  • Study/Research Proposal
    • Study proposal for academic degree programs: 2-3 page narrative about academic and personal reasons for the planned study explaining why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further your educational and career goals.
    • Research proposal: 4-5 page extensive and detailed description of the research proposal which has been discussed with the academic adviser and a description of previous research work.
  • Two (2) completed faculty recommendation forms, signed and scanned sent directly from faculty to bufellow@bu.edu.
  • Evidence of contact with German institution
    • For Master’s Degree Applicants: Submit this form. DAAD recommends listing up to 3 potential degree programs to avoid a situation in which you are granted a scholarship but end up not getting accepted into a Master’s program. However, when writing your proposal, you should focus on your first choice, and mention briefly additional programs at the end of your proposal. 
    • For Independent Study Applicants : submit evidence of any existing contact or attempt at establishing contact with academics at your chosen German host institution.
  • DAAD Language Evaluation Form
  • Official transcript(s)