Study Scholarships for Graduates
This scholarship is awarded to students from British or Irish universities to study or research at Master's level at any institution of higher education in Germany. The scholarship is tenable from 1 October 2017 to 31 July 2018.
- Application deadlines
- Selection criteria
- Selection procedure
- German language test
- Funding details
- Application procedure
- Specific information for applicants in the area of Art, Design, and Film
- Specific information for applicants in the area of Music
- Specific information for applicants in the area of Architecture
- Specific information for applicants in the area of Drama, Directing, Dance, and Choreography
- Information on the application process
- Starting your application
31 October 2016: Fine Art, Design, Film, Music, Architecture as well as Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, etc.)
13 January 2017: for all other academic subjects
The DAAD online portal is open for applications from July 2016. Applications can be submitted until 11pm on the closing date for applications. As the electronic application system will shut down automatically at 11pm, applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the closing date.
Applicants of academic subjects applying from the UK/Ireland may be invited to attend an interview in London in March 2017.
Semesters abroad (outside of Germany) cannot be covered by the DAAD grant
The applications will be presented to a selection committee, which meets once a year at the DAAD London Office to propose successful candidates for an award. This committee is made up of expert British and German academics. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications about eight weeks after the closing date. Successful candidates, however, will then need to wait for confirmation from DAAD head office in Bonn.
Please check that you meet all the conditions of eligibility and read the following section very carefully. It is essential that all documents are correctly submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Only candidates with no German knowledge and whose course/research is entirely in English (please provide proof!) are exempt.
All other applicants, including graduates of German, must take a German language test at a Goethe Institute or with a DAAD-Lektor. The language test is intended to indicate the level of proficiency in the German language and there is no specific pass mark.
The German language test (the onDaF test) at the Goethe Institute in London will be held on:
Dates to be confirmed
Please register at OnDaF for your participation in the test. Once you are registered, please forward your registration email to the Goethe-Institut London (email@example.com) who will then be in touch with you regarding an access code. Please be advised that there is a limited number of places to sit the test.
Alternatively, you can arrange to sit the test with a DAAD Lektor in the German Department of your local university; Lektoren contact details on this website can be found here.
The grant awarded is €750 per month, plus an initial extra payment and a lump sum towards travel expenses.
This includes insurance cover for accident, illness and personal liability. Grants are usually one academic year long. However, a few grants may be extended to a second academic year. Please let us know if you wish to be considered for a second year of funding in the online application form.
An additional grant may be awarded to successful candidates to enable them to attend a language course in Germany prior to their studies. Please let us know if you wish to be considered for an additional language course grant.
Please note DAAD scholarship recipients are not permitted to receive supplementary funding through the DAAD or any other German funding body.
Supplementary funding from a non-German funding body may in some cases be permitted. However, they would then be treated as additional earnings, i.e. grants exceeding the tax-free income level in Germany (currently € 450 per month) would be deducted from the DAAD scholarship, unless the grant payments will be put on hold for the time of your DAAD scholarship.
Applicants are requested to register with the DAAD portal prior to making an application (see "Starting your application" below). Once registered, applicants will log onto the portal where they download an electronic application form and complete it in their own time. Applicants should have all the additional compulsory documents ready when they upload their completed application form. However, the letters of recommendation will not be uploaded, they will have to be sent as hard copies.
Applicants for the Study Scholarship of All Disciplines (excluding architecture, music and artistic subjects) should send the hard copy to:
DAAD London Office
1 Southampton Place
London WC1A 2DA
Applicants for the Study Scholarship for Fine Art, Design, Film, Music, Architecture as well as Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Dance, Choreography, etc.) must send the hard copy and work samples to:
DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Section ST21 – Western, Middle and Southeastern Europe
Please ensure your application is complete so that it can be entered into the selection process. Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal (see item 1) and by post (see item 2). Incomplete or late applications cannot be accepted. All complete applications will undergo a rigorous and competitive selection procedure.
Applications can be submitted until 11pm on the closing date for applications. As the electronic application system will shut down automatically at 11pm, applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the closing date.
Please note that the application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process the application.
Please use this checklist to ensure you submit a complete application.
Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD's Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded!
1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:
- Online application form (available on the portal)
- Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
- Statement about academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany (letter of motivation; 1-3 pages)
- Letter of admission to a study programme; this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study programme begins if it is not available at the time of application.
For a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in Germany:
For a study period in Germany as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in the home country:
- Proof that the academic achievements rendered in Germany will be recognised in the home country
Also for all applicants:
- University degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study programme begins if studies have not been completed at the time of application.
- All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system.
- German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language
- an up-to-date German language certificate (exception see "German Language Test")
- Copy of school-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)
- Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements)
All documents except the reference forms must be uploaded to the application portal in PDF format.
Applicants for Art, Design, and Film please click here for further information.
Applicants for Music please click here for further information.
Applicants for the field of Architecture please click here for further information.
Applicants for Drama, Directing, Dance and Choreography please click here for further information.
2. To be submitted by post:
- The "Application summary", which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send 1 copy to the application address (one-sided, not stapled).
- One recent reference from a university teacher (completed reference form) which provides information about your qualifications. The reference form has to be generated on the DAAD portal, also called referee's report.
- A health certificate; this is only required, if you are selected for a scholarship. Therefore, please submit this document not until requested to do so by the DAAD Head Office.
The DAAD expects applicants to make their own contact with and applications to the German institutions of higher education or research.
Please also note that a DAAD scholarship does not ensure your admittance to any Masters programmes at German universities. Scholarship holders have to adhere to general admission deadlines and application procedures set by the universities.
Are you ready? In order to register with the DAAD online portal to start your application, please go to the scholarship database and look for the programme you wish to apply for. Select your status, your country of origin (please note that country of origin is in fact the country in which you are living and from where you are applying - if you come from another country, please contact us to find out whether you are eligible for this programme) and your subject. Then select the scholarship from the list of results (Study Scholarship for Graduates of All Disciplines/Music/Performing Arts, etc.) and you will find a green button in the top-right corner "Submitting an application". Once registered, applicants will log onto the portal where they download an electronic application form and complete it in their own time. Applicants should have all the additional compulsory documents ready when they upload their completed application form. However, the letters of recommendation will not be uploaded, they will have to be sent as hard copies.
Applications can be submitted from 1 July 2015 until 11pm on the closing date for applications. As the electronic application system will shut down automatically at 11pm, applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the closing date.
Please ensure we receive the paper application no later than a week after the closing date (one-sided, not stapled). Your application is only complete when we have received both your electronic application and the paper version.
If you seek technical support with the registration or the online application please email firstname.lastname@example.org
DAAD London Office
1 Southampton Place
London WC1A 2DA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 9511
Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 8575