DAAD Grants for Study & Research in Germany

DAAD Research Grants and Study Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified students wishing to perform research or study in Germany. There are different eligibility requirements for the Research Grants and the Study Scholarships. Please see the DAAD website for more information.

The Graduate School has the opportunity to nominate a single DAAD applicant as a priority candidate. The priority candidate receives preferential status in the highly competitive DAAD national selection process and have a higher probability of being awarded. In order to be considered for the priority candidate slot, you must submit your DAAD application materials to The Graduate School by the deadline.

Types of Grants

Doctoral Level
DAAD Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified doctoral candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.

If you are applying for the short-term DAAD research grant (May deadline), apply directly through the DAAD website.

Masters Level
DAAD Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals with an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a full Master's degree program at a German university.


The pre-selection deadline for the priority candidate is posted on the funding deadlines calendar.

How to Apply

Complete the application online via DAAD. Your advisor/recommender should send the signed reference form via email to gradscholar@daad.org or via mail to the DAAD New York office.

To be considered for the priority candidate slot, you will need to print a copy of your DAAD application materials and submit them via The Graduate School’s online application system. Your advisor/recommender should submit a copy of the signed reference form via email to gradfunding@unc.edu or via Campus Mail to Julie Montaigne, director of fellowships, at CB 4010.


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We will notify applicants in early November regarding the selection of the priority candidate.

Contact Us

Graduate School Fellowships Office