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┬áto 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┬áseniors 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 online application form and send us a PDF copy of all application materials to BU’s Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by October 19. The following should be submitted:

    • For Master’s Degree Applicants
    • For Research Applicants
    • Language Evaluation Form
    • DAAD Recommendation: your reference writer must email their letter directly to bufellow@bu.edu with the reference form (available in the applicaiton portal).