The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)/ German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm.
DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. We offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 67,000 individuals per year. We also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.
History & Mission
The DAAD was founded in 1925 by the German student Carl Joachim Friedrich who was able to obtain 13 fellowships from the Institute of International Education for Germans in the social sciences to study in the US. From these early beginnings – and with a re-founding of the organization after World War II – the DAAD currently awards more than 65,000 fellowships a year and is the largest grantor of international academic mobility support in the world. Based in Bonn, DAAD now plays important roles in furthering the international aspects of German academic, cultural, and science policies; supporting the international relations of German colleges and universities through international exchange and programs; and maintaining a worldwide network of offices, guest professors, and alumni who offer information and assistance on a local level.
1. To enable young academics and researchers from around the world to become leaders in the fields of science, culture, economics, and politics – as well as friends and partners of Germany.
2. To qualify young German elites to assume positions of leadership in a global environment by providing them with international and intercultural experiences.
3. To enhance the internationalization of German higher education institutions, by way of increasing their attractiveness for the top students and scholars from around the world.
4. To promote scholarship on the German language, literature, and the arts in universities worldwide with a view to increasing the role of German as an important cultural and practical language and creating a better understanding of Germany’s rich cultural heritage.
5. To support the process of economic and democratic reform in developing countries and in the transition countries of Middle and Eastern Europe by supporting their academic research and progress.
DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for individuals and institutions in higher education. DAAD New York is the representative office for all of North America and its programs are open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of higher education institutions located in the United States, Canada and their territories. There are a few special programs that may extend to constituencies beyond that.
Our primary goal is to facilitate transatlantic mobility to Germany for US and Canadian scholars, therefore Germany must be a component of your intended academic travel.* Funding is awarded on a competitive basis; we consider the academic merit of the individual, the feasibility and quality of the proposal, and the impact of the applicant and application as a whole.