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The Committee offers programs for Harvard students who wish to conduct research or study outside of Cambridge. Please review the information below to learn more about these opportunities.

D.A.A.D (German Academic Exchange Service) Grants for Study and Research in Germany

General Information

An agreement between the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) and Harvard University provides Harvard graduating seniors, current graduate students and recent graduates the opportunity to apply for study or research scholarships in Germany during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Harvard Nomination Process for DAAD Study Scholarship and Research Grant

As a DAAD partner university, Harvard is allowed to nominate a certain number of "preferred applicants" whose applications will be entered into a separate application pool. While preferred applicants are not guaranteed an award, their chances of receiving one are reasonably good. For this reason, it is recommended that students submit their application through the Harvard internal process. Please note, however, that all applications are forwarded on to DAAD for consideration in the preferred and at-large application pools.

Application Information

Harvard University students who wish to apply for a DAAD Study or Research Grant must complete the application form online at: AND email a copy of the application form and supplemental materials to Rebecca Lock ( by October 3, 2022 in order to be nominated by Harvard.

Applicants’ recommenders may email their letter of recommendation directly to

Students who miss Harvard’s nomination deadline may apply directly to DAAD to meet its early November deadline. These candidates, however, will not have the opportunity to receive Harvard’s endorsement/nomination.

Please consult the DAAD website to access the online application portal and learn more about the requirements of the particular grant you are applying for. The guidelines document below includes additional information about eligibility and application requirements, as well as how to submit your materials.

Study Scholarships of All Disciplines (excluding architecture, and other artistic fields e.g. music, fine arts, performing arts) are awarded to graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent Harvard graduates to undertake a full Master's degree in Germany starting in the Fall 2023. All recipients of study scholarships must enroll in courses.

Research Grants are awarded to candidates who wish to pursue research or an independent project at German universities, archives, or institutes. Doctoral candidates (Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees) and graduating seniors who will have received their Bachelor's degree prior to beginning their research are eligible. Individuals who wish to earn a doctoral degree in Germany should apply for the Research Grant as well. These grants support long-term projects (7 to 12 months) during the German academic year (beginning October 1, 2023).

Doctoral candidates who are interested in applying for short-term research grants (1 to 6 months) should apply directly to the DAAD New York office.

Applicants in the fields of music (performance, composition, conducting), dance (choreography, drama), fine arts (painting, drawing, sculpture), and architecture must apply directly to DAAD.

Deadline: October 3, 2022

For more information about this program, please contact Rebecca Lock at