DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service), One-Year Research Grants support independent research in Germany. Scholarships are available for individual student-designed programs, for a period of 7-10 months.
Each scholarship consists of a generous monthly stipend, monthly rent subsidy, additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses, health insurance, and a grant for the intensive study of the German language.
Candidates must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or must have gained their last degree in the US/Canada or will be gaining it before the beginning of their funding period. Candidates must have outstanding academic records, well-defined study or project plans in Germany, and an interest in contemporary German and European affairs. Applicants should have completed their last degree no longer than 6 years before the application deadline.
Candidates should also have competency in German sufficient to conduct their projects. Successful candidates will also be able to explain the significance of their projects in Germany to their future studies, research, or professional goals.