The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Among other funding opportunities, DAAD offers research grants and/or study scholarships for students with at least a Bachelor's degree to either study or do research in Germany.
Departments/Programs are informed annually of this competition and the applicable deadline(s). As a partner university with DAAD, Queen's University may nominate one "priority candidate" for these competitions. The priority candidate will be placed in a separate application pool in the DAAD national competition. Even with this status, competition for the limited number of awards is still very strong. A subcommittee of the Fellowship Committee of the School of Graduate Studies will evaluate all eligible applications using the same criteria that the DAAD Selection committee will use: the overall excellence of the academic record, the proposed plan of study/research, and the applicability of the proposal to German institutes of higher education, archives or research institutes. Although Queen's can only nominate one priority candidate, all other, non-nominated, eligible applications will be forwarded to DAAD and placed in the general competition.
The School of Graduate Studies administers the applications for the DAAD annual competitions for:
Study Scholarships: available to highly qualified undergraduates enrolled in their final year, and graduate students of all disciplines, to provide the opportunity to study in Germany, or complete a postgraduate or Master's degree program. Individuals wishing to complete a doctoral program in Germany are also invited to apply for a Study Scholarship. The Study Scholarship is for 10 months and must take place during the German academic year (October 1 to July 31). Students in degree-granting courses in Germany may receive an extension of up to one year for Master's programs and two years for doctoral programs. All study scholarship holders must take courses at a German university.
Research Grants: available to highly qualified students enrolled in any graduate program, including Ph.D. candidates who are nearly complete (all but dissertation) who wish to carry out post-doctoral research at universities or institutes in Germany. Current post-doctoral fellowship holders at Queen's University are also encouraged to apply. All academic disciplines are eligible. Research grants can be either short-term (1to 6 months) or long-term (7 to 10 months). Short-term grants must occur between August and January. Long-term grants must occur within the time frame of the German academic year (October 1 to July 31).
NOTE: Undergraduates are NOT eligible to apply for Research Grants, but have many other opportunities to apply for funding for study or research in Germany. Visit www.daad.org to find out more.