DAAD International Students Scholarship 2023/2024
International Students Scholarship 2023/2024
What requirements must be met?
- As a rule, your university degree should not date back more than 6 years at the time of the application deadline. Please read our important information for scholarship applicants / Section A, point 2.
- Your application cannot be considered if you have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline.
- Notification of admission from the German host university for the desired degree course; please note that you are responsible for ensuring that you apply for admission at the host university by the due date. If notification of admission is not yet available at the time of application, it must be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study begins. A Scholarship Award Letter from the DAAD is only valid if you have been admitted to study at the desired host university.
- If the degree program includes a study period or work placement outside Germany lasting several months, funding for this period abroad is usually only possible under the following conditions:
The study visit is essential for the achievement of the scholarship objective, the visit does not take place in the home country, and it is no longer than a quarter of the scholarship period. Longer periods cannot be funded, even partially.
- Applicants from third countries or German applicants, who live in a foreign country, are asked to get in touch with the responsible branch office or section within the DAAD before they hand in an application to discuss possible special application requirements.
- Only limited resources are available to fund 4 semesters in Germany.
- The scholarship must begin with the winter semester; it is not possible, to begin with, the summer semester.
The language of instruction in study programs in Germany is German, or in international programs English or German and English.
When applying for a study admission and thus for the beginning of the scholarship, you generally have to submit an appropriate language certificate (e.g. DSH or TestDaF if the language of instruction is German, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS if the language of instruction is English). You should contact your chosen host university in good time to obtain information on this. Further information on the requirements can also be found on our website.
Therefore, you must already prove in your scholarship application what level of knowledge of the language of instruction (German, English, or German and English) of your chosen degree program you currently have. Please enquire at the universities in question as to whether the required language skills must already be proven with the application for admission to the desired degree program.
In addition to the scholarship for the degree course, you may be awarded a preparatory German language course in Germany (see section “Value”). The scholarship selection process will assess whether such a language course is required for you and how many months (maximum six) would be appropriate. These German language courses will enable you to improve your language skills. However, it is not realistic to reach the level required for university admission within the scope of these courses if you have no or very little knowledge of German by then.
Certificates, proof of credits, certifications, and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. The DAAD reserves the right to request certified copies of the documents.
Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:
- Online application form
- 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). Please also read our important information for scholarship applicants / Section B, Point 1.
- Letter of admission to a study program; this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study program begins if it is not available at the time of application.
For a postgraduate or Master’s degree to be completed in Germany:
- Form “Information about your preferred master programs”
For a study period in Germany as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree completed abroad:
- Proof that the academic achievements rendered in Germany will be recognized by the home university
Also for all applicants:
- A current Transcript of Records with individual grade(s)
- University degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study program begins if studies have not been completed at the time of application
- Proof of knowledge of the language(s) of instruction in the chosen study program (should be no older than 2 years)
- Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of extracurricular engagement
If you submit documents in your national language, please include German or English translations.
- Explanation of grading system (to be uploaded in the portal under “University degree certificates”)
- German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language (to be uploaded with the corresponding documents)
- School leaving certificate with all individual grades (to be uploaded in the portal under “University entrance qualification”)
- a recent German or English language certificate (not older than two years) (see “language skills”)
Current note: If a language certificate is part of the application documents, please note the following: In the absolute exception, if you are unable to submit a language certificate due to Corona (e.g. due to the closure of universities or language test centers and if no digital language test is possible either), please upload an appropriate justification with a self-assessment of your current language level according to the CEFR instead of the missing document (tips for self-assessment of your language skills can be found here, under section A, /point 8).
In these cases, the absence of a language certificate does not lead to a formal rejection of your scholarship application by the DAAD. However, submitted language certificates are included in the assessment. If you acquire language certificates after the application deadline, please submit them later.
Please note that you will still need proof of language proficiency to apply for a place at a German higher education institution and thus to be able to take up the scholarship.
To be submitted by post:
One recent reference from a university teacher provides information about your qualifications (hand-signed, no digital or scanned signature). Please regard the instructions given on the tab “Applying “.
Current information on application deadlines until 31.12.2023: Due to the current pandemic situation, applications can be submitted without an application reference. The absence of a reference does not lead to a formal rejection of your application. Submitted references are included in the assessment. We, therefore, recommend, if possible due to the pandemic, submitting references with the application.
The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. Please note that access to the application portal only appears while the current application period is running. After the application deadline has expired, the portal for this program is not available until the next application period.
Access to the DAAD portal will open on July 20th, 2023, for applications from Israel, Palestinian Territories, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts, and Nevis. For all other countries, the portal will open on August 20, 2023.
Application deadlines are updated at least once a year. In most cases, they are in the same period as the previous year. You can find the current dates here:
For funding periods starting in the upcoming winter semester of 2032/2024.
- Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal on time.
- For submitting references by post, the postmark date serves as proof that they have been dispatched on time.
- (If further documents are to be submitted by post, please send them as soon as possible.)
- The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. (CET or CEST) on the last application day.
- Incomplete applications cannot be considered. You are responsible for ensuring that your applications are complete.
- The application documents remain with the DAAD. Your data is saved by the DAAD by the Federal Data Protection Act and with the EU Data Protection Regulation insofar as this data is needed to process the application.