DAAD Prize for outstanding achievements of international students at German universities

Application deadline for the DAAD Prize 2022

The application deadline is 31 March 2022 at the International Office.
Self-nominations are not possible.
Please note information on the nomination procedure.

Aim and idea

In 2022, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide the University of Potsdam with funds for the DAAD Prize for Outstanding Achievement of International Students. The selection of the prize winners is the responsibility of the university.
The DAAD Prize helps to put faces to international students at German universities and link them with stories. Every single international student takes a piece of Germany back to their home country and leaves something of themselves here - thus enriching both sides.
For the University of Potsdam, the DAAD Prize is the most important honor awarded to international students. This prize is a public recognition of their academic achievements by one of the most renowned scholarship organizations in Germany. Having been a DAAD scholarship holder or prize winner can make it easier to start a career. The "DAAD ALUMNI community" also offers prize winners an international network. DAAD scholarship holders generally remain connected to their universities and often return to the institution as doctoral students or researchers.

Who can receive a DAAD Prize?

Enrolled international students (students who have obtained their Abitur - University entrance qualification abroad) with remarkable social, in particular intercultural, commitment and special academic achievements who are in the advanced stage of their Bachelor's (at least 2nd or 3rd year of study) or Master's degree (at least 2nd semester).

In addition, young graduates and doctoral candidates may also be nominated if their graduation was not more than three months ago at the time of the award.

Doctoral students are considered if they have obtained their Master's degree at the University of Potsdam.

Who cannot be nominated for the DAAD Prize?

  • It is not a research prize and cannot be awarded for a doctorate,
  • It is not intended for guest or exchange students,
  • Students who have already left Germany,
  • International students who have acquired their University education entrance qualification in Germany,
  • The DAAD Prize may not be awarded twice to the same person.

Are the prize winners allowed to be sponsored by a German organization, foundation or company during their studies?

In principle, yes.
However, one of the goals of the prize is to reward those students who successfully master their studies on their own.

Can international students apply for the DAAD Prize themselves?

No, the DAAD Prize is to be awarded on the recommendation of professors, lecturers, fellow students etc.

Nomination procedure

Nominations can be submitted to the International Office until 31 March 2022. Self-nominations are not possible.

Please submit application documents in electronic form - preferably in PDF format.

The application consists of the following documents

  • Nomination form
  • Detailed curriculum vitae of the nominated student(s), including details of the proposed course of study and further study progress 
  • Copies of degree certificates (if applicable)
  • A PULS printout (PULS-Leistungsübersicht) or - if the course of study is not managed through PULS - Transcript of Records (Form“Transcript”)
  • At least two academic letters of reference  (Form “Evaluation Report”; we recommend that the Dean of Studies write a letter of reference based on a personal conversation with the nominee)

Selection procedure

The Advisory Board for Internationalization of the University, extended by at least two student representatives of the Commission for Teaching and Studies, selects the prize winner based on the proposals submitted in writing, in accordance with the guidelines provided by the donor for this purpose.
It should therefore be expressly noted that, in addition to academic achievements, social/intercultural commitment is also taken into account in the decision-making process.


The prize money is EUR 1.000, 00.

Award ceremony

The prize will be awarded at the Graduation Ceremony in June.

Contact Person

Director of the International Office


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam
House 8, Room 1.06


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