DAAD Study and RISE Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. The DAAD supports more than 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year. It also promotes internationalization efforts at German universities, helps developing countries build their own systems of higher education, and supports German Studies and German language programs abroad.

RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.


  • US and Canadian Citizens. Non-U.S./Canadian citizens can visit the DAAD’s Scholarship Database and select the country of citizenship to browse eligible grants and scholarships 
  • Open to all academic fields
  • Undergraduate (must be enrolled full-time when applying) or graduate student    ​​​​
  • Applicants residing in Germany over 15 months at the application deadline are ineligible​​​​​​
  • RISE research internship recipients must return to a full-time enrollment status at their home university after the experience. Knowledge of German is not required

Award Highlights: 

  • Study scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors and graduate students for a full master’s degree program study at a German university. The duration is up to 24 months
  • RISE internships for undergraduate students majoring in science and engineering to work with German doctoral students at German universities and institutes. “What applicants need to know section” provides additional information about the internships
  • Monthly stipend
  • Allowance for travel expenses
  • Health and liability insurance coverage
  • Tuition support

Application Components: 

  • Online application form
  • Transcript (s)
  • Letter of recommendation (from the applicant’s academic field of study, hard copy on university letterhead, send directly to DAAD)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (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 program in Germany
  • Language Study Program: DAAD language evaluation (available online)
Award Website



application Deadline

Study/Research: November 4, 2023

RISE Scholarship: December 15, 2023

Contact the Advising Team

Advisor: Luis Ruiz