DAAD Study Scholarship
Princeton Deadline: November 4, 2013 (except for applicants in the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts, who must submit all materials by October 21, 2013)
National Deadline: November 15, 2013 (November 1, 2013 for applicants in the fields of music, visual arts and performing arts)
Adviser: Professor Thomas Y. Levin, tylevin@Princeton.edu, 8-1384
Fields of Study: Open, but has a German language requirement
Description: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers study scholarships to highly qualified seniors and recent college graduates. The scholarship is for one academic year (10 months) of postgraduate study at a university in Germany either as independent study or enrolled in a master’s program.
- U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university for at least two years at the time of application.
- B.A. by start of the grant period but no more than six years prior to the application deadline
- Language proficiency commensurate with the proposed course of study/research.
Criteria for Selection
- Applicants must have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential
- Preference will be given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member at a German university to study or do research in a particular department, institute or laboratory.
Application Procedure: Enrolled Princeton students who wish to apply for a DAAD grant must apply through Princeton. The process involves the submission of the application and supporting materials by the Princeton campus deadline. Applications should be submitted to Professor Levin's departmental mailbox in the German Department in East Pyne.
**PLEASE FOLLOW CAREFULLY THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE DAAD WEBSITE FOR COMPLETING THE APPLICATION (one original and three copies, collated, of all the materials listed below)**
- DAAD online application
- Study proposal (5-6 pages double spaced)
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
- Evidence of contact with German institution
- DAAD Language Evaluation Form (DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REQUEST TO HAVE THIS FORM FILLED OUT)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CAMPUS DEADLINES FOR THE APPLICATIONS ARE TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE NATIONAL DEADLINE! The OIP will forward applications to the DAAD New York office by the national deadline.
Advice for DAAD Applicants:
- Applicants should have as detailed as possible a proposal outlining the project and how it can reasonably be completed within a year. Your essay should include compelling responses to the following questions:
- Why is this topic interesting?
- Why must it be done in Germany?
- Why do I need to do this project in Germany now?
- Why am I particularly well suited to undertake this project?
- What particular resources (professors, archives, etc.) does the institution with which you would like to be associated in Germany offer that are essential to your project?
- Preference is given to applicants with a letter of support from a professor at a German university. Start as early as possible to identify the right person and, once you have a presentable version of your proposal, write to them to ask whether they would be willing to sponsor your application. Professors in your department can often offer useful suggestions.
- Once you have given some thought to your project and to potential contacts in Germany, should you wish to discuss it, please make an appointment during the first weeks of the semester with Professor Levin.