Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions on study and research in Germany and on the application process for a DAAD scholarship:

Application for a DAAD Scholarship

Which application documents have to be certified?

The requirements for each scholarship programme differ.  Thus, we advise you to read  the application requirements for each programme very carefully.

When is the application deadline for DAAD scholarships in Armenia?

The application deadline differs for each programme. More information about the deadlines you can find in the programme description under the tab „application procedure“.

Which language is necessary in order to study or research in Germany?

You can study and research in English or German. German universities offer summer and degree courses as well as PhD programmes which are taught completely in English. Here you will find all courses offered in English. Study courses offered in German can be found here.

What should be the language of my application papers?

University and school certificates can be handed in German or English. If your certificate contains one of these languages you do not need an additional translation.
All other documents can also be handed in German or English. Only for „University summer courses“ programme all the application papers, except the university certificates should be in German.

Which documents are required for a scholarship application?

The question “Which documents are required?” depends on the particular programme you are applying for.  You can find this information in the description of your prefered scholarship programme under the tab „application procedure“.

How many programmes can I apply for?

In the scholarship application for master programme you can name up to three study programmes. We suggest you choose three study programmes, in case you are not admitted to your programme of first choice.

How do I fill in the online application form?

The information about registration and application via the DAAD portal can be found here.

How do I write a motivation letter?

We provide an information sheet in Armenian, which gives you tips how to write a good motivation letter.

Download: Merkblatt zu Motivationsschreiben und Lebenslauf auf Armenisch (pdf, 1.35 MB)

Is there any age limit for DAAD scholarships?

In general, there are no age limits for DAAD programmes. But for some particular programmes you should  have taken your final examinations no longer than six years before the application deadline.

What is included in the scholarship? Are accommodation and health insurance included?

Most DAAD scholarships finance the complete stay in Germany that means a monthly scholarship (often 750 Euro per month and even more for researchers), health insurance, public liability insurance and accident insurance as well as travel costs. Depending on how good your German is, the DAAD can also pay for a preparatory language course. In many DAAD scholarship programmes you may also apply for a special allowance for your husband/wife and your children.

I am currently not in Armenia, how can I hand in my application papers?

You can authorize someone else to hand in the application for you.

The application deadline for my university course in Germany has already passed or the applications are not open yet. Can I still apply for a DAAD scholarship?

Yes, you can apply for a DAAD scholarship. For the scholarship application it is not necessary to be admitted to a German university. However, please be aware that you have to care for your admission yourself, so please do not miss the admission deadlines for your chose programme.

I am already working, can I submit a reference letter by my employer instead of a reference letter by my university teacher?

That is not possible. You have to submit a reference letter by your university teacher (using the DAAD form, which is generated in the DAAD application portal) even if your graduation has been many years ago. You can, however, in addition submit a reference by your employer. You do not need to use the DAAD form for the reference by your employer.

Language Tests for a DAAD Scholarship

Where and when can I do the DAAD exams?

The DAAD does not offer any exams. For your scholarship application you have to show proof of your language proficiency.

German: If you choose to take a course of study in German, you are usually required to prove that you have an adequate knowledge of German. You can do this by taking one of two different language proficiency tests:

  • the language test “TestDaF” (test of German as a foreign language) or
  • the “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber” (DSH),.

You can find out where and when you can take these tests and other important information on the subject on our German language page.

English: Students wishing to take an international degree programme (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD) do not necessarily have to take a German test. The teaching language in these courses is usually English.

Please note: To study a degree course in English, an English language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) is often required. Each university decides what minimum number of points is required for admission.

When do I receive the TAN for the ondaf for DAAD applicants?

You will receive the TAN when you hand in the application papers at the DAAD Information Center Yerevan.

How do I register for the OnDaF

Please watch our video tutorial, where we show you step by step how to register for OnDaF test (in Armenian).

I want to apply for a MA scholarship, I am registered for TOEFL or IELTS but will not have my results before the application deadline. Can I still apply?

For those applicants, who  don’t have any language certificate at the time of application deadline, the DAAD offers the OnSet test free of charge. The registration procedure of OnSet test is similar to OnDaF registration.

Study in Germany

How do I find the right study programme in Germany?

You’d like to study in Germany but don’t know which subject to choose? Or which university to apply to? Or you’re unsure what kind of degree you actually want to take? Please check this link for more information.

How do I find the right university?

Germany has many different kinds of universities. They all offer excellent quality. But with so many universities to choose from, it’s not always easy finding the one that best suits your needs. For more information please click this link.

How do I find out which university offers the programme I am looking for?

German Universities offer more than 16.000 study programmes. Of particular interest to foreign students are international Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes that are offered at German universities. Classes are usually taught in English. All of these degrees are characterised by a high academic standard and well-structured study programmes with intensive supervision and student advice services. Around half of the students enrolled in these programmes are from abroad. These programmes are listed in the DAAD database.

What is a letter of admission?

A letter of admission is a letter by the German University you applied to. In it the university declares that you fulfill the programme requirements and that they offer you a placement in the course you applied for. More information are available here.

Do I have to be admitted to a Germany university at the time of my scholarship application?

When you apply for a DAAD scholarship you do not need to be admitted at a German university. In most cases this is not possible because the university follows a different timeline. In case you are already admitted you should include your letter of admission in your application papers.

Do I have to mention each of my chosen programmes in my motivation letter?

Please mention each of your chosen programme in your motivation letter.

I want to do a master’s in Germany. Are there scholarships I can apply for?

Scholarships for studying a MA degree in Germany are offered by a wide range of different institutions, the DAAD being one of the biggest among them. There is a variety of different funding possibilities depending on country of origin, field of study etc. For an insight into the different funding possibilities, please check
1) The homepage of the DAAD representation in your country
2) The scholarship database of the DAAD. You can limit the search regarding your country of origin and subject of study, in order for the results to fit your personal profile. The data base includes scholarships of the DAAD and other German institutions.

Are there any scholarships for international master students that don’t require German skills?

Many MA programmes in Germany don’t require German skills. You can find the English taught programmes in the DAAD International Programmes database. The DAAD Study Scholarships are open for these programmes as well.

I want to study in a degree programme in Germany. Are there any scholarships available?  I also don’t know the German language. Can I learn it in Germany before enrolling in the university?

As above mentioned, there are quite a lot of English taught programmes in Germany. If you are interested in doing a German taught programme, a certain level of German is of course necessary. Some universities do provide preparatory courses. But of course, we would recommend you to learn as much German as you can in advance.

When should I start applying for a scholarship, after I get an admission or after I come to the university and register myself?

The deadline for applying depends on the individual scholarship programme. In some cases you can apply without yet having your admission to the German university. In other cases the admission is one of the requirements. Please always check the scholarship announcements.
You should inform yourself as soon as possible about the different scholarship opportunities in your country to make sure that you will have enough time to complete your application successfully before the deadline.

 l already got an admission to study in Germany but no scholarship. I want to know if l can still apply for a scholarship once l start my programme in Germany.

You can apply for a scholarship if you haven’t stayed in Germany for more than one year when applying for the scholarship. The scholarship would fund your second year of Master studies. Please be aware that the application procedure includes an interview in Armenia, which you have to attend in person.


Research in Germany

I’m looking for a PhD position in Germany. Is it possible to contact a professor who is willing to be the supervisor and then arrange a scholarship opportunity to work with him?

If you are looking for a PhD position in Germany, you may have a look at our PhD Germany website.

I want to study for a PhD in Germany, is there a scholarship which I can apply for? Is there a list of available PhDs in German Universities?

There is a variety of different scholarships for carrying out doctoral studies in Germany. In case of an individual doctorate, the most common way is to first find a tutor and afterwards look for possible funding options. The scholarship database of the DAAD can help you finding the right scholarship. Depending on your country of origin and your field of research the scholarship possibilities vary. Please review the scholarship database of the DAAD to find a grant that fits your plans.
You should take into account that if you are planning on studying in structured PhD programme, often those programmes or Graduate Schools offer their own funding and scholarships.
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I would like to do a PhD or research in Germany but have not received the invitation by a German professor in time to meet the application deadline. Can I still apply?

You can hand in your invitation later, please consult the document time frame in your chosen scholarship programme for the latest possible date to hand in the invitation. Please be aware that all other documents have to be handed in in time.