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


Graduate Student Exchange Programs in Germany

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The Heidelberg Laureate Forum connects highly talented young researchers with the top scientists in mathematics and computer science. The 2014 Forum will be held September 21-26, 2014 in Heidelberg, Germany. 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)

Kate dates: Application deadline March 3, 2014

The Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program (BMEP) promotes the exchange of technology between academia and industry. Industry-university relationships in the area of post-graduate training are fostered and encouraged. It works by matching individual students and young research scientists in Biomedicine and affiliated professions with selected senior professionals sharing compatible interests in their exchange country. The Academic Year Program gives students the possibility of taking part in projects in their field of research (4-6 months), and of participating in internships or clinical rotations (3-4 months). The Technology Transfer Trainee Program gives postgraduate and graduate students, as well as research fellows, the possibility to spend time in their respective field in R&D of industry and in biomedical research institutions of academia. Medical students, students in biomedicine and allied professions from USA, Europe and globally are eligible to apply.

Agencies Involved: International Academy of Life Sciences (IALS)

Key Dates: Applications for internships due 6 months prior to desired starting date. Applications for academic and trainee program due April 8, 2013

The DLR (Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space) partners with DAAD to offer this unique award. The DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships is open to doctoral, post-doctoral students, and senior scientists. DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer the opportunity for academics to conduct research at the DLR in Germany. DLR-DAAD Fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each individual fellowship carries different requirements and terms. The length of the fellowship for doctoral students is 36 months, for post-doctoral students 6-24 months; and for senior scientists, 1-3 months

Agencies Involved: Deutsches Zentrum fÜr Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Programs vary. Check website to select your program of interest.

The RISE Professional Internship Program provides graduate students in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine) access to internships at German companies. Candidates must be students and have familiarity with the German language. Undergraduates who are RISE alumni or former DAAD scholarship holders are also eligible. Funding for those awarded can be accessible for a period of 6 weeks-6 months

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF)

Key Dates: Apply online between December 6, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

Study Visits are awarded to research groups of 10-15 to visit German research institutions, make connections with local academics, and gain insight into the German scientific industry. Funding for Study Visits can be provided for visits lasting between 7-12 days, but travel itself must be independently organized and carried out by the group. Applicants must be doctoral students at the time of program commencement. Funding can be secured for one university teacher as group leader. Proficiency in German is required

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Check web site for updated information.

Study and Research at a German University

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The Study and Research at a German University Program can be fulfilled either for travel or maintenance needs. The maintenance grant facilitates university study and research for two academic semesters at a German university. Maintenance grants usually begin in September. With this grant, graduating seniors may be able to pursue full-time study, and doctoral candidates may be able to pursue independent research under the supervision of a German advisor. Travel-only grants are for candidates with funding from other resources, with benefits restricted to international travel, orientation, meetings, and administrative support. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine) by the time of arrival in Germany. German proficiency required.

Agencies Involved: German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin

Key Dates: Applicants should contact their advisor or the IIE in the spring preceding the year in which they wish to study in Germany

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: Information about the Berlin Capital Program 2014 will be announced on the website in the spring/summer of 2014.

he 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: Grants are provided for two month sessions, which can be taken at any two-month interval between the months of June-January.

Scholarships for Graduate Students in Germany

Doctoral Scholarships

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The Scholarship Department of Germany distributes 80-100 Doctoral Scholarships each year to students in graduate programs seeking scholarships for doctoral programs. Those seeking to receive a scholarship for doctoral studies must be eligible to study for their doctorate in Germany. Proficiency in German required. Length of scholarship can range 24 - 36 months.

Agencies Involved: Heinrich Böll Foundation

Key Dates: Application deadlines fall on the 1st of March and the 1st of September yearly for the following year

The Scholarship Department of Germany distributes 80-100 Doctoral Scholarships each year to students in graduate programs seeking scholarships for doctoral programs. Those seeking to receive a scholarship for doctoral studies must be eligible to study for their doctorate in Germany. Proficiency in German required. Length of scholarship can range 24 - 36 months.

Agencies Involved: Heinrich Böll Foundation

Key Dates: Check web site for updated information

The Scholarship Department of Germany distributes 80-100 Doctoral Scholarships each year to students in graduate programs seeking scholarships for doctoral programs. Those seeking to receive a scholarship for doctoral studies must be eligible to study for their doctorate in Germany. Proficiency in German required. Length of scholarship can range 24 - 36 months.

Agencies Involved: Heinrich Böll Foundation

Key Dates: 2014 application deadline TBA

DAAD offers grants to graduate students at North American universities to attend 8-week intensive language courses at leading institutes in Germany. Scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program in all fields of study except German Studies, German Language and Literature or German Translation and Interpretation. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic record and statements of projected academic and professional future. Applicants must have completed three semesters of college German or have achieved an equivalent level of language proficiency at the time of application.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadline December 15 (postmark)

Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited doctoral degree program or engaged full-time in a post-doctoral position. Those wishing to pursue a complete doctoral degree program in Germany do not have to meet this requirement. Research Grants are awarded for periods of one to 10 months. Applicants wishing to complete a doctoral degree program in Germany can only apply for the long-term research grant. They may receive up to three one-year extensions.

Agencies Involved: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Key Dates: Application deadline November 15 (postmark) for 10-month and short-term grant; May 15 (postmark) for short-term grants