December 5, 2020
News from DAAD USA
Stay up to date on DAAD's activities in the US - from news about scholarship programs to opportunities for study and research in Germany.
German Cultural Traditions
Don't Forget to Put Out Your Boots!

December 6th is celebrated across Germany as Nikolaustag, or Saint Nicholas Day. On this day children young and old receive sweets and little presents from St. Nikolaus, a generous, kind, and somewhat mysterious figure. Freshly cleaned shoes or boots are placed by the door on the evening of December 5th (tonight!), and upon waking the next morning, the footwear can be found, magically filled with sweets, nuts, mandarins, and tiny presents from Saint Nikolaus. Nikolaus is separate from the Weihnachtsmann, or Santa Claus, who comes in the evening on the 24th of December.

Ach, du lieber Nikolaus,
komm ganz schnell in unser Haus.
Hab so viel an dich gedacht,
hast mir doch was mitgebracht?

For more information on this holiday, click here.
Important Dates & Deadlines for DAAD Programs, Scholarships, & Grants

As of now, we expect all funding, programs and internships below to resume as planned. For any updates, please visit the funding page and

To view our brand new informational video on what programs, scholarships, and grants DAAD USA has to offer students, please click here!

December 15: RISE Germany
December 15: RISE Professional
New Programs and Upcoming Deadlines
Call for Applications
RISE Germany

RISE Germany is a 10-12 week summer internship program for undergraduates in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, and computer science. Students receive the opportunity to work with researchers at universities and research institutions across Germany. The working language is English.   Apply by December 15th.

Call for Applications
RISE Professional

RISE Professional offers summer research internships in Germany to Master’s and PhD students from North America at companies and non-university research institutions with strong relations to industry in the same fields as mentioned above. Apply by December 15th.

DAAD Network
Report From the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft (IW)
Career Boosting Studies Abroad

A recent study conducted by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft on behalf of DAAD revealed that international experience during your studies is generally considered a good prerequisite for a successful start in a professional career. "Taking up the challenge of a stay abroad, thinking outside the box and growing through intercultural experience is, from the DAAD's point of view, a central component for a successful career in science," said DAAD President Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee. To read the study (in German only), click on the link below.

DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
2021 Fellows Announced

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program awards internationally highly regarded fellowships. Since 1963, over 1000 outstanding international visual artists, authors, filmmakers, composers, and sound artists have been invited to live and work in Berlin. The 2021 Fellows have been announced. Please click on the link below to read the artists' names and more about the program.

DAAD Alumni
RISE Worldwide Scholarship – A Love Story

Two former RISE grantees from Germany found more than they were expecting when applying to DAAD's research internship program! Maria Blöchl and Yunus Sevinchan were married on October 24, 2020, seven years after meeting for the first time at a RISE grantee closing program in Karlsruhe in November 2013. Click on the link below to read how the two DAAD alumni got perhaps more than they could have imagined out of their time with DAAD!

Online Discussion Series
Do Your Research In Germany

Find out about current developments in the German research community and how you can become part of it! These regular online talks are an opportunity to ask questions directly to experts from German universities, non-university research institutions and companies. The events are public and free of charge, and take place from December 7-10 at 2pm (CET) each day. For more information, please visit the website linked below.

Study in Germany
Online Info Session

Learn about study opportunities in Germany by connecting with representatives from 10 German universities Dec 9-10, 1pm-3pm CET! Put Germany in your future and on your resume! Please register using the link below.

The Gateway to Your German University

Easy to use and tailored to you: the new DAAD platform will not only help you find the right Bachelor or Master program in Germany, but also help you contact the university directly.

Saarland University Border Studies MA

The international and interdisciplinary Master's degree program is a joint offering from Saarland University and three other universities in Germany, France and Luxembourg. Graduates from the program are in an excellent position to take up professional positions in the field of cross-border and intercultural cooperation. Click on the link below to find out more information!

This announcement has been prepared by:

DAAD Regional Office New York, 871 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017, legally represented by Dr. Dorothea Rüland, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V., Kennedyallee 50, 53175 Bonn
Tel.: (212) 758-3223 
Head office:
Bonn (Germany), registered with the Bonn District Court, Commercial Register Court VR 2105
Editorial staff:
Benedikt Brisch, Director DAAD New York
Casey Detrow
Peter Kerrigan
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