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DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Each year DAAD, its regional branch offices, its information centers, and DAAD professors around the globe provide information and financial support to more than 120,000 highly-qualified students and faculty for international research and study. Visit the DAAD website for a full list of funded programs.

Research grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a master’s degree or diploma, to those who have already completed a Ph.D., or to those wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.

Those who have received an undergraduate degree of any discipline may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full master’s degree program at a German university, or for study at a German university as part of a post-graduate or master’s degree program completed in the home country.

Many study programs and research opportunities funded by DAAD do not require proficiency in the German language; applicants should indicate interest in developing proficiency in the language before and during time overseas.


  • UW campus priority status deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11:59 p.m. (PT)
  • UW campus deadline for applicants from all disciplines: Monday, Nov. 1, noon (PT)

Those applying for graduate study scholarships and regular research grants are eligible to be considered for UW’s single priority nomination. Note that, per DAAD guidelines, applicants for short-term research grants may not be considered for priority status.


  • Current UW graduate students or postdocs within two years of Ph.D. completion
  • Both U.S. citizens and international students are eligible to apply for DAAD awards; citizenship status may affect the types of awards for which students are eligible

View the DAAD FAQs for more information about eligibility.

Application process

Current graduate students should apply through the University of Washington. Both research and study applicants of all disciplines should find the appropriate program for which to apply through DAAD’s scholarship database. The program’s profile will indicate all required application materials.

Search the DAAD scholarship database

While the online application is filled out electronically through the DAAD application portal, applicants must submit to the Office of Fellowships & Awards: (1) a PDF of the application summary which is generated from the online DAAD portal; (2) all letters of recommendation (sent via email directly by the recommender). To be reviewed by our application committee and considered for priority status, all materials must be turned into the Graduate School by the priority deadline. If you would like to make revisions to your application based on feedback from our campus review committee, do not submit your completed application to DAAD until instructed to do so by Fellowships & Awards.

All other applicants who do not wish to be considered for priority status must submit their materials by the official campus deadline. Materials turned in after the deadline will not be accepted.

The Office of Fellowships and Awards submits all UW recommendation letters to the DAAD offices. After receiving feedback from the priority campus review process, students can incorporate changes as they wish and submit all other materials online by DAAD’s national deadline: Thursday, November 4. 


Michelle Sutton in the Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist you with award questions or general application support: gradappt@uw.edu or 206.543.7152.