Information about DAAD, Fulbright and further programmes
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is an association of German universities and student bodies. It supports students, graduates and academics from Germany and abroad in more than 100 programs.
Funding is provided for annual, short-term and individual scholarships as well as group programs, study trips and internships. The DAAD also supports exchange programs, guest lectureships and lecturers at foreign universities as well as project-related scientific cooperation between German and foreign universities.
You can find a first overview in the DAAD brochure. It is very worthwhile to read these pages. The brochure is both exciting and very informative (only available in German).
To support the search for suitable programs or scholarships, the DAAD has developed a new scholarship database: www.auslands-stipendien.de.
In addition, FAQs have been developed around the topic of scholarship applications, which you can access at the following links:
(only available in German)
A selection of further DAAD programs are:
- Yearly scholarships for study stays abroad
- Go East summer and winter schools
- DAAD support for internships
- “Teaching profession international”
(all pages are available in German only)
- Not only German citizens can apply for a DAAD scholarship, but also citizens of other countries, provided they are studying at a German university or are pursuing a doctorate and plan to graduate from there.
- Doctoral candidates with research projects can no longer apply for the one-year fellowship program for graduate students; however, the postdoc program is still open to them. However, master's thesis research conducted while pursuing a master's degree abroad is eligible for funding in the Annual Graduate Fellowship Program.
Proof of language proficiency at the time of application is be provided by the Language Verification Form, completed by the language centers or foreign language instructors at the student's university. The form, as well as a list of exempt language certificates for which proof on DAAD form can be waived, can be found under the following links:
(only available in German)
Application and Further Information:
You can apply directly to DAAD programs online.
Please note that applications often have to be submitted to DAAD well in advance.
The application deadlines can be found in the respective programs, in each case on the tab "Bewerbungsverfahren"!
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
PO Box 20 04 04
Phone: +49 (0) 228 882-0
The department of International Student Mobility would be happy to answer any questions concerning the DAAD scholarships:
Student Mobility Unit
Student Service Center (SSC)
Tel: +49 (0) 30 838-73930
Fax: +49 (0) 30 838-73901
Tuesday 9:30 to 12:30 / 14:00 to 17:00
Thursday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The German-American Fulbright program was originally developed by Senator J. Wiliam Fulbright, whose intention was to promote mutual bilateral understanding on an academic and cultural level.
Approximately 400 scholarships are awarded to German graduates, PhD, teachers and administrative staff each year. Scholarships include full and partial scholarships as well as travel grants.
Graduate students (i.e. Master) and graduates of all subjects at accredited universities are eligible to apply. Restrictions apply to law and medicine programs. You can find more information about application and subject restrictions here (in German only).
Formal requirements to participate in the Fulbright program are:
- German nationality
- At the time of starting the scholarship (August/September): Completed bachelor's degree or at least 6 successfully completed semesters in courses of study leading to a Diplom, Magister, First State Examination degree
- Good to excellent professional/educational record
- Active social, cultural, political commitment
- Convincing motivation for studies/ cultural exchange in the USA
- Proven English language skills
- The scholarship provides up to $34,500 USD in financial support for a 9 month study period. Shorter study periods (one semester) will receive $15,300 USD.
- Transatlantic air travel financing
- US health/accident insurance
- Free issuance of the Fulbright visa
- Additional costs lump sum: 600€
- Preparation and networking seminars
- Admission to the international Fulbright network
- Counseling by Fulbright Germany and our US partners
The application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year has passed. In May 2022, current guidelines and application documents for the 2023/2024 academic year will be published on the Fulbright website (in German).
Fulbright Germany Office:
Student Mobility Unit of Freie Universität:
Iltisstr. 4 (U-Bahnhof Dahlem Dorf)
Tel: +49 (0)30 838-73930
Fax: +49 (0)30 838-73901
Tuesday 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00
Thursday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Teaching Exchange Services
Students studying foreign languages, education and teaching trainees can gain practical experiences as a foreign language teaching assistant at a foreign educational institution for one school year (8-10 months) with the help of an FU exchange service. In some cases, students of other subjects with very good skills of the respective national language can also apply.
An internship abroad helps you improve your foreign language skills, gives insights into the working methods of foreign organizations and deepens your knowledge in the respective area. If you are interested in an internship abroad, contact the Career Service for useful information on preparing, planing and applying for the job.
An overview of various internship funding options can be found here.
The larrgest funding programs within the FU Berlin can be accessed here.
The ASA program offers scholarships for study visits to Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southeastern Europe.
AIESEC is an international platform for training the leaders of tomorrow.
IAESTE is a worldwide internship organizations for students studying science, engineering, agriculture and forestry.