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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service/Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) provides study and research scholarships to highly qualified graduate students.  As a DAAD Partner University, the University of Victoria may nominate a priority candidate for one of the following DAAD programs:

The Study Scholarship - Master's studies provides 10 to 24 months of funding for one year of study abroad in Germany or a complete master’s degree.  This program is open to all disciplines except music, fine art/design/film, performing arts, and architecture (visit the link to find other scholarship programs for these disciplines).

 The One-Year Research Grant – Doctoral Candidates provides 7 to 12 months of funding for a research project or continuing academic training with a supervisor in Germany.


Varies: includes monthly amount, travel allowance, health insurance costs, and optional German language course. Successful recipients may apply for further funding for rent subsidies, accompanying family members, and costs associated with a disability or chronic illness.

Application deadline

UVic internal deadline/DAAD external deadline: fall 2024 (TBA) for study/research programs beginning fall 2025


Review the program information provided in the links above as well as the Country-Specific Information for Applicants from Canada to confirm your eligibility.  Note that German language proficiency is not required for study or research programs conducted in English.

How to apply

  1. Review the information and follow the checklists provided in the Country-Specific Information for Applicants from Canada
  2. As a DAAD Partner University, the University of Victoria may nominate one priority candidate for either a Study Scholarship or Research Grant.  In order to be considered as UVic’s priority candidate, email a copy of your complete DAAD application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at by the UVic internal deadline noted above.  Research grant applicants must also provide a brief plain language summary of the research project.
  3. Submit your application in the DAAD portal by the DAAD external deadline noted above.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Step 2 is optional.  Any eligible student may apply to DAAD, but in order to be considered as UVic's priority candidate you must submit your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the UVic internal deadline.

Application help

Lisa Pender, UVic Scholarship Officer, is available to help you:

  • determine your eligibility
  • clarify application instructions
  • register for a DAAD online information session (summer/fall 2024 - date TBA)
  • identify additional travel funding opportunities

Email your questions to Lisa at or schedule a meeting to discuss your application.