German Academic Exchange Program
The Deutscher Akademischer AustauschDienst (German Academic Exchange Service) - DAAD - is a joint organization of the institutions of higher education in the Federal Republic of Germany. The University of Minnesota and the DAAD have an exchange relationship, whereby DAAD permits the University of Minnesota to nominate graduate students and post-doctoral researchers (those who have not yet exceeded two years past the completion of their PhD) for ten months of research at a German university.
Stipend and Allowance
Monthly stipends are approximately €750. Round-trip airfare is also covered.
Please notify the Graduate School Fellowship Office of your intent to apply for DAAD by August 20, 2012: DAAD Intent to Apply
Campus Application Deadline: September 5, 2012
Campus interviews are conducted in late September / early October.
Final selection is made by the DAAD.
Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens who are Registered in the University of Minnesota Graduate School at the time of application (or are employed as post-docs.) Foreign nationals, except German citizens, may apply if they have been full-time graduate students at the University of Minnesota for more than one year at the time of application. Preference is given to students 32 years of age and younger. Candidates must demonstrate language proficiency commensurate with their proposed study project. A minimum of two years of college-level German, or its equivalent, at the time of application is required for students planning to enroll at a German university.
(Submit a total of four copies - one original and three photocopies.)
- Signed application form.
- Detailed resume.
- A well-defined research/study project that makes a stay in the Federal Republic of Germany essential.
- Two letters of recommendation, printed on university letterhead, from professors at North American institutions in the applicant's field of study.
- Letter of invitation from a faculty member at a German university, institute, or laboratory.
- DAAD language certificate signed by a faculty member of the German Department at the applicant's institution.
- Complete, official transcripts of all post-secondary studies.
Selection criteria are based on:
- A record of outstanding academic achievement.
- A clearly defined research proposal and the necessity for conducting the research in Germany.
- Language proficiency.