You would like to apply for a DAAD scholarship?

Information and answers to questions about application conditions and requirements, preparing your application and the subsequent selection procedure are available here. 

A. Requirements for the scholarship application

1. I am currently living in Hungary, but I am an international student. Am I still eligible to apply for a scholarship at DAAD Hungary?

This is possible under certain circumstances:

  • If you wish to apply for a short-term scholarship (up to 6 months), you must have lived and have been normal resident in Hungary for at least one year at the time of application.
  • If you would like to come to Germany for more than 6 months, you must also have obtained your last degree (e.g. Bachelor/Master) in Hungary or obtain this degree by the time the scholarship period begins.

2. Is there an age limit for DAAD scholarships?

No, there is usually no fixed age limit. Some scholarship programmes stipulate that only a cer tain amount of time should have elapsed since the last degree was taken (see also question 3). For details, please refer to the respective Call for Applications at www.funding-guide.de under the heading “Application requirements”.

3. I finished my university degree or started my doctorate longer ago than the application requirements specify. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, an application may be permissible under the following circumstances which may have a delaying effect on studies or doctoral projects:

  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • care of children up to the age of 12 (maximum of three years per child)
  • care of care-dependent relatives
  • disability or chronic illness
  • prolonged, serious illness
  • compulsory military service
  • if applicable, other circumstances.
  • The dates of birth of children and periods of childcare or care of relatives or longer periods of absence due to illness or disability should be indicated in the application form; the last free text field “Other comments / Information” is available for this purpose. DAAD reserves the right to ask you to submit appropriate supporting documents.
  • Proof of disabilities or illnesses can be provided in the form of a disability card or medical certificate. If possible, the medical certificate should indicate the periods of absence.
  • Information about studying abroad with a disability or chronic illness is provided in the following: Mobility with a Disability.
  • Other circumstances must also be justified and substantiated with supporting documents.

4. I have not completed my university degree at the time of application. Am I still eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Yes, in programmes which require a first university degree, you can apply in your last year of study. You must then meet all the academic requirements set out in the Call for Applications by the time your funding period begins. Also, your degree certificate has to be submitted before the start of the funding period.

5. I’m already in Germany. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, if you have been in Germany for a maximum of 15 months by the closing date for application.

6. I am enrolled in a study programme at a German university and aim to complete this degree in Germany, or I am completing a doctoral degree at a German university. Can I apply for a DAAD scholarship abroad?

Under certain conditions, foreign nationals may also apply for funding programmes. You can find further information  on our website. Programmes for funding abroad for students in Germany are listed in our scholarship database www.auslands-stipendien.de.

7. Can I apply for a scholarship whatever subject I am studying?

DAAD offers scholarship programmes that are generally open to all subjects, although certain restrictions apply to some subjects (e.g. medicine). In Hungary there are also subject-specific programmes available in fields of Architecture, Music, Fine Arts and Performing Arts and German philology.

8. What language skills do I need to apply for a scholarship?

For scholarships in Germany the following generally applies: when you submit your application, you must provide proof of your current proficiency (should be no older than 2 years) in the language of instruction (German, English, or German and English) in your chosen study programme.

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.

Important! Even if you have no or very little knowledge of German, attach a written statement about it in your application. It is neccecary because in addition to the scholarship for the degree course, DAAD scholarship holders may be awarded a preparatory German language course in Germany. 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.

Current note: If you are unable to submit a language certificate due to Corona (e.g. due to the closure of universities or language test centers), please upload an appropriate justification with a self-assessment of your current language level according to the CEFR instead of the missing document. Please note, however, that you will need proof of language proficiency to apply for university admission and thus to start the scholarship. If you would like to assess your German language skills yourself, you can take the free placement tests of Deutsche Welle or the Goethe-Institut. The British Council offers a free placement test for English.

9. I am considering taking a distance / online / part-time course in Germany. Am I eligible to apply for a DAAD scholarship?

No, DAAD scholarships are awarded to applicants wishing to complete a full-time course of study with compulsory attendance in Germany. This is why applicants wishing to take a blended learning or distance/e-learning programme or part-time programme are not eligible for DAAD funding.

10. Can Iapplyfor more DAAD scholarships at the same time?

No, it is unfortunately not possible.

11. I already have a scholarship from the European Union, the DAAD or another organization in Germany. Can I still receive a DAAD scholarship?

If you are already funded by the DAAD, another German funding organization or
another state agency in Germany, you cannot receive a scholarship from the DAAD.

An Erasmus scholarship is not compatible with a full DAAD scholarship. Scholarship
holders in the “University Summer Courses in Germany” programmes as well as those who receive a partial scholarship
can also take advantage of ERASMUS funding.

B. Preparing your application

1. In the Call for Applications for Study Scholarships, a so-called “letter of motivation” must be submitted. What does this mean?

In a letter of motivation, you are required to describe your professional and personal reasons for wishing to study in Germany on no more than three pages.

A letter of motivation is required when you apply for a study scholarship or a grant for a language or specialist course. This letter gives you the opportunity to describe your personality and the reasons why you are applying for DAAD funding. The following information and questions will help you write an informative letter of motivation.

Content:

  • Facts about your education, skills and knowledge
  • Studies: study programme, number of semesters, if applicable, degree
  • Professional experience, if applicable
  • Specialised knowledge, skills and language skills
  • Prizes and awards (if applicable)
  • Academic motivation
  • Why do you wish to take the study programme or attend the language or specialist course for which you are applying?
  • What appeals to you about your chosen university?
  • What are your expectations of studying in Germany or attending the course (personal, professional, for your career)?
  • Reasons for applying for a scholarship
  • Why are you applying for a DAAD scholarship?
  • What do you expect of this scholarship?
  • How will the scholarship help you achieve your academic, professional and personal goals?
  • Personal interests
  • Here you can outline special extracurricular achievements and commitments or personal qualities that say something about your character.

FORMAL INFORMATION

The letter of motivation should be between one and three DIN A4 pages long.

2. The calls for applications for research grants require a so-called “proposal”. What does this mean?

A proposal is a detailed and precise description of the project you have agreed to complete with your academic supervisor. In a proposal, you define the goals of your research work, reflect upon theoretical and methodical procedures and you describe the individual steps. You have to prepare and formulate the proposal yourself. Taking over proposals from others is a violation of the Rules of Good Academic Practice.

The objective

  • What is the subject of your research project?
  • Which steps are planned?
  • What is the time schedule for your planned research project?

The structure

The description (maximum of 10 pages) should contain details about:

a) The research field in general and the current state of research literature

  • What is the current state of research?
  • Which theories/work of other academic will you draw upon?
  • What theoretical framework or scientific models will you use? Discuss the reasons why you are drawing on this theory or model. Are there competing theories/models and, if so, why are you not using these in your project?
  • What is your research question?

b) Key research questions (hypotheses), research objectives and the academic relevance of the project:

  • What do you intend to find out?
  • What goals are you pursuing with your project?

c) Research strategies/methods:

  • How do you intend answering the research questions?
  • How do you want to collect data (document analyses, quantitative or qualitative survey, experiment, etc.)?
  • Which academic literature will you use?
  • How will you evaluate results?
  • What preparation have you already done or intend doing before funding begins?

d) Ethical issues/anticipated difficulties related to collecting data

e) Research bibliography: List of books and essays upon which your work is based

Please note that the time plan must be uploaded to the DAAD portal as a separate document.

 

C. Planning your project

1. Do I need contacts in Germany when I apply?

If you wish to carry out individual research or complete a doctorate in Germany, you need confirmation from a university teacher that you are being supervised in Germany (see question 2). If you are taking part in a structured doctoral programme, proof of existing contacts to a doctoral programme coordinator must be submitted in the form of copies of correspondence. If you wish to take a Master’s degree in Germany, all you need to provide is information about your chosen programme (see “Application procedure” in the Call for Applications).

2.I need a supervisor for my individual project in Germany. Who can be my host?

Hosts can be university teachers or academic teaching staff who work at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institution in Germany. If possible, the host should have a professorial qualification in an academic field.

These tips on the site Research in Germany will help you find an academic supervisor.

3. I have found a supervisor for my individual project. What documents do I need from him/her for the application?

Your academic supervisor must confirm that he/she is willing to help you carry out your research project or doctoral degree in a “Letter confirming academic supervision”, which you must submit with your application. Ideally, the letter of confirmation (informal) from your supervisor

  • indicates that the description of your research project and schedule have been discussed,
  • confirms that a workplace is available for you, and
  • indicates which working language is spoken at the host institute.

D. Writing your application

1.In the Call for Applications it says I have to apply through the DAAD portal. What does this mean? 

You have to apply online. To do this, you must register in the DAAD portal. In the scholarship database, first select your chosen scholarship programme and then the tab “Submit application”. Note that this tab is only shown during an ongoing application period. The closing date for applications is indicated in the “Application procedure” tab.

For detailed instructions about the use of the portal please check our video help.   (In Hungarian language with English subtitles) 

2. I have technical problems with my online application. What can I do? 

If technical problems occur, the portal hotline is available to help you on weekdays from 9 am to midday and from 2 pm to 4 pm (CET) at (+49) 228/882-8888 or by e-mail at portal@daad.de. 

3. Which documents do I have to upload to be able to submit an application to the DAAD portal? 

Your application is only complete if you submit all the application documents listed in the Call for Applications. With the exception of references and work samples in the case of artists (e.g. DVD), these documents must be uploaded to the DAAD portal. In some cases, individual documents (e.g. university certificate) may be submitted at a later date if this is explicitly permitted in the programme’s Call for Applications.

4. Do I receive confirmation that my application has been received? 

Yes, as soon as you have submitted your application online, you will automatically receive confirmation that your application has been successfully submitted and an e-mail informing you that a message has been sent to you via the portal’s messaging system. The message confirms that your application has been received.

Please note that the portal can be strained on the day of deadline, so in case you submited your application on the last days, you may receive the confirmation in a delay.

5.Is it sufficient to submit my application electronically via the DAAD portal? 

Yes. For most DAAD programmes, all you need to do is submit your application electronically via the DAAD portal. Please note that in some subject-specific programmes, the “application summary” generated in the portal must be printed out and sent by post to the application address. Read the details in the Call for Applications under the “Application procedure” tab and note the closing date for applications. This applies both to the online application and submission by post (the postmark date is valid).

References, if required by the Call for Applications, must also be submitted by post to the hungarian DAAD office.

6. The Call for Applications states that I have to submit a reference from a university teacher. Who can write a reference for my application?

References in scientific subjects should be written by university teachers with a doctoral degree who can provide information about the following:

  • What are your academic achievements?
  • What are your academic and personal qualities?
  • Is your project well planned, feasible and relevant?
  • What significance does the scholarship have for your academic and professional career?
  • Find out how to generate and submit the reference form in the respective Call for Applications in the Scholarship database from our video help..  (at 12:55sec.)

7. Do I have to apply in German? 

Unless otherwise stated in the Call for Applications, you can submit your application either in German or English. Please note that application documents that are not in German or English must be translated either into German or English. The translations do not have to be certified for the application procedure and you may do the translations yourself. 

8. What language certificates do I need when I apply for a scholarship?

You can find out what language certificates you need when you apply for a scholarship in the “Application procedure” section of the Call for Applications. See more at point A. 8.!

9. Do my certificates and transcripts (lists of grades) have to be certified for my application?

No, not initially. DAAD reserves the right to request certified documents after a positive selection decision has been made.

 

E. The selection procedure

1.Who makes a decision about my application?

Scholarship applications are reviewed by an independent and voluntary selection committee. This may be made up of local and/or German university teachers, researchers and DAAD lectors. Depending on the scholarship programme and the local situation, the best applicants may also be required to introduce themselves personally. Depending on the programme, the selection decision is made either by the local selection committee directly or – in the case of a two-stage selection procedure – by another independent committee of academics in Germany. DAAD staff are not entitled to vote in the scholarship selection procedure.

You can find more information about the selection committees here.

2.According to which criteria does the selection committee make its decision?

The key selection criteria are:

  1. The quality of the project
  • for study and research visits, courses of continuing education: a convincing and well-planned project (see above, question B.2)
  • for structured study programmes and language or specialist courses: a well-founded choice of course, as documented by the letter of motivation (see above, question B.1)
  1. Academic achievements

 

3. Depending on the scholarship programme, additional selection criteria may be relevant, e.g. language skills. To find out what applies to your programme, read the Call for Applications in the Scholarship database (funding-guide.de).

F. Scholarship benefits

1.Do I have to take out health insurance in Germany and does DAAD contribute towards this?

Scholarship holders and accompanying family members must be covered by health insurance from the first day of their stay in Germany. In many programmes, insurance coverage is part of the scholarship. Please read the “Scholarship benefits” section of the Call for Applications in the Scholarship database (www.funding-guide.de).

If your chosen programme does not include insurance coverage, under certain circumstances you may be able to take out inexpensive health, accident and personal liability insurance through DAAD. If you have any more questions, contact DAAD’s insurance office: versicherungsstelle@daad.de or ++49-228-8828770.

2. Am I allowed to take on a part-time job as a scholarship holder in Germany? 

Scholarship holders wishing to work part – time during their scholarship period, i.e. pursue gainful employment, always require the approval of DAAD. Your academic supervisor or course coordinator must also give their consent. DAAD will verify that the part-time employment does not interfere with the purpose of the scholarship. Additional income exceeding € 450 gross per month shall be deducted from the monthly scholarship payment. 

3. I am receiving a second scholarship from another provider in my home country. How does this impact my DAAD scholarship?

A second scholarship from an international provider of up to € 450 will not have an effect on your DAAD scholarship. If the second scholarship exceeds this amount, the excess amount shall be deducted from the DAAD scholarship.

4. Some universities in Germany charge tuition fees. Do I have to pay these fees if I’m receiving a DAAD scholarship? 

DAAD does not pay tuition fees for its scholarship holders. Even as a scholarship holder, you should therefore ask your chosen host university whether tuition fees are charged for your programme.

Although tuition fees are not generally charged in Germany, studying at some locations is not always free. In the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, international students from non-EU/EEA countries (Bachelor and Master’s level) at state universities have to pay a fee of € 1,500 per semester. Private universities in all federal states may also charge tuition fees. These can vary. Both state and private universities in all federal states may also charge fees for so-called “weiterbildende Masterstudiengänge” (non-consecutive Master’s degrees), that often require previous professional experience or lead to a specific additional qualification. These include, for example, the so-called LL.M degree programmes for law students. Fees for these programmes are sometimes very high so you should find out about them in advance.