American students who will have completed at least a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Sciences degree by the time of arrival in Germany. A solid academic background and a well-focused project plus adequate German language proficiency where necessary are essential. Applicants with a U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible.
The program facilitates access to research and studies for two academic semesters at a German university or any other pertinent non-university institution, such as research labs or archives. The 10-month grant period usually starts mid-September. Depending on the candidate's academic level, full-time study (graduating seniors) or independent research (doctoral candidates) under the supervision of a German advisor may be possible. A formal matriculation with a German university is in any case required and arranged by the Commission.
Number of Grants
Approximately 75 grants are available annually.