DAAD Prize for outstanding achievements of international students at German universities

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will once again provide funds to the University of Potsdam this year for the 2021 DAAD Prize for outstanding achievements of international students. The universities are responsible for selecting the awardees.

The aim of the DAAD Prize is to give faces to the many international students at German universities and link them with their stories. This illustrates that each international student takes a piece of Germany back to their homeland when they return and also leaves a part of themselves in Germany – thus enriching both sides.

For the University of Potsdam, the DAAD Prize is the most important honor awarded to foreign students. For the honorees, this Prize is a recognition of their academic achievements awarded by one of the most renowned fellowship organizations in Germany. Being a former recipient of a DAAD fellowship or Prize can facilitate the beginning of a professional career. The “DAAD ALUMNI Community” also serves as an international network for the recipients of the prize. Those supported by the DAAD generally stay in touch with their universities, and they often return for their doctorate or as researchers.

The Prize honors students with outstanding academic achievements and a remarkable social – especially intercultural – engagement. 

This Prize can be awarded to advanced students in a Bachelor’s degree program, Master's students, recent graduates or doctoral candidates. Nevertheless, the DAAD award is not a research prize, and it is not intended to honor work on a doctoral dissertation. For recent graduates, the final examinations should have been completed no more than 3 months prior to the award ceremony.

Application and selection

Students and employees of the university may submit their nominations to the International Office up to and including March 31, 2021.

The students cannot submit an application to nominate themselves.

Please submit the application documents in electronic form to Dr. Regina Neum-Flux - preferably in PDF format.

The Advisory Board for Internationalization of the university, with the addition of at least two student representatives from the Commission for Academic Affairs, selects the award winner on the basis of the proposals submitted in writing, in accordance with the guidelines laid out for this purpose by the funding organization. We would therefore like to point out that in addition to academic performance, social/intercultural engagement will also be taken into account in the decision-making process. Please also see the FAQ section on the DAAD Prize compiled by the International Office.

The following application materials are required

  • Nomination form
  • Detailed CV of the nominated student including a presentation of the student’s study project and the further course of his/her studies 
  • Copies of certificates (if applicable)
  • A PULS printout (PULS-Leistungsübersicht) or a complete transcript of all grades, if the course of study is not managed through PULS (Form “Transcript”)
  • At least two academic letters of reference  (Form “Gutachten”; we recommend that the Dean of Studies write a letter of reference based on a personal conversation with the nominee)


The prize money is EUR 1000.00.


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