Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Germany for Undergraduates


The Heidelberg Laureate Forum connects highly talented young researchers with the top scientists in mathematics and computer science. For your chance to gain support for travel, boarding and lodging for the event, apply for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Agencies involved: National Science Foundation (NSF), Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Learn more about the upcoming Heidelberg Laureate Forum on their site. 

International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

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Part of the ACS International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program, the IRES program sends eight undergraduates from the United States to Germany for a ten week research experience at top universities across Germany. ACS works with universities and the  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to bring this program to students. The program is generously funded by the National Science Foundation. 

Agencies involved: American Chemical Society, National Science Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: The call for applications generally begins in October or November of each year with a deadline in January. Learn more at

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Brazil and India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions in Germany with their mentors, whom the fellows have chosen on the basis of their expertise in their respective areas. Candidates must have completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent less than 12 years prior to the starting date of the fellowship (October 1 of the year following application).

Agencies involved: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Key Dates: Application deadlines are generally in September of each year. Visit the Humboldt Foundation site for more information.

The U.S. Young Journalist Program sends U.S. journalists to Germany for research purposes. The ten months are divided into: (1) the initial research phase, and (2) an internship phase with German media institutions. Applicants should have a working knowledge of German and background in the field. Project proposals required with application submission.

Agencies Involved: German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin, Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Program runs for 10 months and begins in September

The Intensive Language Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates Program offers students the ability to attend intensive German language courses in Germany. Candidates (both undergraduate and graduate) must have completed two academic years of studies at the time of program start.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Rolling deadlines throughout the year.

The RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) program is offered to students in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine), who undergo undergraduate internships in Germany while paired with mentors (or, doctoral students) at those universities. Applicants must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate study by the time of the internship, and retain undergraduate status throughout the duration of the internship.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadlines are six months prior to program departure. Check webiste for more information.

The Berlin Capital Program invites 15 candidates to travel to Germany for a one-week journalism program conducted in English. The program consists of field-related seminars, presentations, and visits to important German media and German political and cultural institutions.

Agencies Involved: German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin

Key Dates: Application deadlines are generally in June each year. Check the website for future updates.

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates Applications for future year programs are normally due in January each year. Check website for more information. 

Recent graduates, Master and PhD students from North American universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology and physics (or a closely related field) are invited to apply. Undergraduates who are RISE alumni or former DAAD scholarship holders are also eligible. German language requirements depend on the nature of the internship.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadline has passed. See website for updates.

This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing full-time study at Canadian or US colleges or universities. There are no restrictions as to field of study, but applicants must have attained at least sophomore standing (second-year standing in Canada) at the time of application. Applicants must have completed a minimum of four semesters of college German (or have obtained an equivalent level of language proficiency elsewhere) before taking up the scholarship, in order to be able to participate in group projects and follow lectures in German.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Deadline for future year programs is generally in December of each year.

This program, run jointly by German Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7) and DAAD, provides students the opportunity to study for a full semester together with German and international students at one of Germany’s leading universities of applied sciences. The study period is followed by a six-month, hands-on professional internship in a German company or research institute where the student can apply his or her academic and professional skills. Students in the fields of engineering, computer science, natural sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art and design, social work or journalism are welcome to apply.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Program deadline is generally in February of each year. Check site for updates.