In This Issue:

RISE Germany announces a new partnership with the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) Foundation

DAAD initiates programs to integrate refugees at German universities

Learn German in Germany: Apply by January 31

AICGS now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD fellowships

Deadline reminders for RISE Germany and Undergraduate scholarships


January 8, 2016

RISE Germany announces a new partnership with the German Center for Research and Innovation Foundation

DAAD's RISE Germany program has begun an exciting new partnership with the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), which will fund five research internships matching highly qualified sophomores from North America with top universities and research institutions in Germany. GCRI is the most accessible and visible portal in North America to the German research and innovation landscape, bringing together key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Every year, we receive more offers for research internships from German universities who would like to participate in the RISE Germany program, and more applications from North American and British students than we can shoulder with our RISE budget.

DAAD has funds for about 180 scholarships, yet we have been able to invite over 300 RISE participants over the past seven years thanks to partnerships with the German Research Foundation, universities and the Association of Chemical Industries, for example. DAAD is looking for additional partners to co-fund its RISE program. Are you interested in offering co-financing? Please contact us.

DAAD initiates programs to integrate refugees at German universities

In order to facilitate access to universities for refugees, DAAD has introduced a long-term strategy supported by funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Roughly 100 million euros will be made available over the next four years to support and advise refugees on application procedures, improve their study skills and help them integrate into the campus setting. 27 million euros from this fund have been earmarked for 2016.

The first program, titled "Welcome - Students Engaged with Refugees", is geared toward current students participating in initiatives organized by campus groups or university administration that assist the integration of refugees. This program arranges tutorials, informational materials, translations, counseling and language courses. The second program "Integra" serves to prepare refugees for university study by offering subject-specific prep classes at Studienkollegs.

In addition to these measures, DAAD recently created a website to inform refugees about the possibilities for study available to them in Germany:

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Learn German in Germany: Apply by January 31

DAAD offers grants to faculty members in all academic fields except German Studies, German Language and Literature, and German Translation and Interpretation to attend intensive language courses at various Goethe-Institut locations in Germany. Four-week courses are offered year-round. A detailed description of the intensive courses, including teaching philosophy, course content, course dates, organization, and a map of the locations is available at the Goethe-Institut website.

Complete applications should be sent to DAAD New York. Applications postmarked January 31, 2016 or earlier will be accepted; those with later postmarks cannot be processed.  For more details on the application process, click here.

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AICGS now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD fellowships

The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS for research stays of two months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant; transportation to and from Washington; and office space at the Institute.

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute’s targeted analysis newsletter, The AICGS Advisor. For fellows producing research output of exceptional quality and interest, AICGS will provide opportunities for public presentations to the broader Washington policy community.

Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of the Institute’s three research and programming areas: Business and Economics; Foreign and Domestic Policy; Society, Culture & Politics. Please note that the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington DC. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe.

More information, including qualifications and how to apply, is available on the website,

Deadline reminders for RISE Germany and Undergraduate scholarships

With January and the new year in full swing, the deadlines for RISE Germany and undergraduate scholarships are quickly approaching! Application materials for RISE Germany can still be submitted until January 15 through its internship database. For more details, click here. Undergraduate scholarships for the academic year 2016/17 must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2016. A detailed explanation of the application process can be found here.
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