Holders a bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue their studies or conduct research at a university in Germany can apply for one of six scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Program description

The German Academic Exchange Service is a private, self-governing and publicly funded organization. Its members are educational institutions in Germany.

Scholarships are awarded for all programs of study and research programs offered in Germany, with the exception of the following fields:

  • Architecture, music, visual arts and performing arts


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

Degree holders who are not enrolled at a university may be eligible. They must have remained active in the scientific, artistic or research fields since receiving their diploma.

Type of support

Master’s-level students could receive €934 per month for a stay of 10 to 24 months. An amount of up to €1200 per month may be granted to doctoral and post-doctoral students.

The scholarships must be used starting in October 2024.

Application procedure

Your application must contain one copy of the following documents, in the following order:

  • The registration form This hyperlink will open in a new window..
  • A one- to three-page letter of interest explaining the academic and personal reasons behind the study plan or research project in Germany.
  • Your résumé showing your name on every page.
  • Your confirmation of admission to a university in Germany, or the procedures you have completed with such university.
  • An official document attesting that your studies in Germany are part of your program of study. You do not need to provide this document if you are enrolling for the full duration of your program.
  • A certificate of language competency from DAAD (Sprachzeugnis). This certificate must be completed and signed by a German professor at your university, or by a representative of your local Goethe-Institut. Certificates completed and signed by a language assistant will not be accepted.
  • A photocopy of your act of birth certified by a Commissioner for Oaths. If you were not born in Canada, you must provide a proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residence and proof of your status as a Québec resident as defined in the Regulation respecting the definition of resident in Québec.
  • The formulaire de confirmation (confirmation form) (PDF 220 Kb).
  • A confidential letter of recommendation based on the form available on the DAAD application portal. This letter must be written by your research supervisor or one of your university professors and sent directly to the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur.
  • Official transcripts of your university studies.

You may need to provide other documents, for example if you are studying fine arts, music or architecture. Visit the DAAD website This hyperlink will open in a new window. for a complete list of documents to submit.

You must gather your application documents into a single, compressed, encrypted and password-protected folder. Then send it to the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur at the following email address:


You must provide the Ministère with your password separately. This can be done by an email that is separate from the one containing the encrypted folder

Application deadline: November 3, 2023

Selection process

An evaluation committee examines the applications in accordance with the following criteria:

  • previous educational experience
  • relevance of the study plan or research project (expected spin-offs for the host and home communities, and for the applicant’s personal journey)
  • motivation (e.g. interest in discovering the culture and learning the language of the host country)
  • careful presentation of the application

The government offering the scholarships makes the final selection.

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Last update: October 11, 2023


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