About the DAAD

Thomas Pankau/DAAD

Who we are

The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students und researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind. We also promote internationalisation efforts at German universities, help developing countries build their own systems of higher education, and support German Studies and German language programmes abroad. Our Artists-in-Berlin Program is one of the most renowned international scholarship programmes for artists.

The internationalisation agency

DAAD/Michael Jordan

The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Learn more about who we are and what we stand for.



Norbert Hüttermann/DAAD

In “Positions” the DAAD takes a stance on important issues of international academic cooperation and shares its expertise in current debates on higher education and science policies, foreign cultural and education policies, and development cooperation.


Prizes and awards


The DAAD regularly awards prizes for outstanding achievements in international academic exchange, German language and literature, German as a foreign language and German studies. Excellent support initiatives for foreign students at German higher education institutions are also recognised, as are excellent achievements of international students during their stays at German higher education institutions.


Evaluation and quality management


The DAAD regularly conducts internal and external monitoring of its programmes, ensuring their quality, effectiveness and sustainability. The goal is to continually improve its services and programmes.


From the very beginning


In 1922, a student from Heidelberg visited the United States and organised scholarships for fellow students to study in New York. It was this project that ultimately became the DAAD. A success story.


Mobility with a disability

DAAD / Köhler

Students and researchers with disabilities or chronic illnesses often have many questions regarding how to go about studying abroad or planning a research visit. The DAAD can help them find the right answers.