FAQ - Questions and Answers Regarding the DAAD-Prize
Who can receive a DAAD Prize?
Foreign students who are regularly enrolled at a German university (no visiting students or exchange students) and who have not received their university entry qualification at a German high school (“Bildungsausländer”). Students must have progressed to their main studies or be in the advanced stages of their Bachelor's (no earlier than the second or third year of study) or Master's program (no earlier than the second semester). Students must demonstrate excellent academic achievement and social engagement. Besides students in their main studies or at the advanced stages in a Bachelor's and Master's program, those who have recently completed their exams as well as doctoral students may also be nominated.
Can international students at the university apply on their own for the DAAD Prize?
No, this is not desired by the DAAD. The DAAD Prize for an international student will be given to a student nominated by a professor, lecturer, etc.
Can international students who received their university entry qualification in Germany (Bildungsinländer) be awarded the DAAD Prize?
No. The Prize is only intended for “Bildungsausländer”: international students who did not receive their university entry qualification from a German high school (in Germany or abroad).
What is the time period for those who have recently completed their final examination?
As a rule, the final examinations should have been completed no more than 3 months prior to the award ceremony.
Can awardees receive financial support from another German organization?
Yes. However, one of the goals of the Prize is also to award students who have been able to master their studies from their own resources.
Can candidates who receive support from a foundation or company be considered for the DAAD Prize?
Yes, we are not opposed to candidates who are supported by a foundation or company.
Can the DAAD prize be given to students who have already left Germany? Can the DAAD award be presented abroad?
No. The DAAD Prize is only for international students who are enrolled at a German university and who are studying in Germany.
Can the award honor an outstanding dissertation?
No. The DAAD Prize is not a research award. When possible, it will be given to students, at most to doctoral students.
Doctoral students should have received their former master degree (or equivalent) at the University of Potsdam.