DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service


Campus Deadline: October 21, 2020 (materials must be submitted in one PDF document)

National Deadline: November 4, 2020


The DAAD grant is awarded to highly qualified Ph.D. candidates who have completed a Master's degree by the time they begin their grant-supported research in Germany. DAAD permits Princeton to nominate two "priority" candidates for the Long-Term Research Grant. Short-Term grants are for one to six months and long-term grants are for seven to 12 months.  Princeton graduate students typically apply for a long-term Research Grant. Short-Term grant applicants should apply directly to the DAAD New York office as they are not part of the pre-selection process.


Students from all disciplines are eligible. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada.  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. 

Application Procedure

You must be nominated by your department in order to apply with the Graduate School’s endorsement and to be considered for a “priority” candidate slot. The director of graduate studies must submit a letter of nomination (including a rank order if more than one student from the department) to the Graduate School before October 21st.

If there are more than two nominees, the Graduate School’s Fellowship Subcommittee will evaluate candidates and choose the two "priority" nominees. Remaining applications are submitted for the general competition. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the Subcommittee meeting.

Applicants are invited to meet with Deans Cole Crittenden or Elaine Willey prior to applying to discuss their proposed research plans and/or to review a draft of their statement of purpose.

Please follow the DAAD online application instructions. A complete application must be submitted to Elaine Willey in the Graduate School by October 21st for the pre-selection process. Applicants should submit their materials in one PDF document. One signed reference form (also called referee's report) is also required and should be submitted to Elaine Willey.  The reference form is available on the DAAD portal. All applicants must also apply and submit their final applications via the DAAD Online Portal by the national deadline of November 4, 2020. Please note that no changes/edits can be made once an application is submitted through the portal.