What applicants need to know

You are an undergraduate student studying at a North American, British or Irish University. Your major is in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences or engineering. You’d like to do an internship in Germany? Great! Please check carefully our application requirements and procedure.

Who can apply?

To apply for an internship placement for summer 2024 you must:

  • be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States, Canada, the UK or Ireland as undergraduate student in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field)
  • be an undergraduate who will have completed at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the internship placement
  • prove that you will maintain undergraduate status after the internship has taken place

Attention German Citizenship holders: You are only eligible to apply if you can prove that you have been living outside of Germany for six years or more.

German language skills are not required for most positions but would be helpful to manage everyday life outside of the laboratory. The working language will generally be English.

We encourage all recent graduates to apply for the RISE Professional program.

What does the scholarship include?

You will receive a monthly scholarship of 934 Euros for full month. The amount is calculated on a daily basis if you stay less than 23 days a month. DAAD provides health insurance, accident and personal liability insurance. All interns are invited to the three-day RISE Germany meeting in Heidelberg at the beginning of July and will receive an allowance of 160 Euros for travel to the meeting.

The scholarship also covers international travel costs with an international travel subsidy.

For Canadian applicants: We work closely with the Canadian organisation Mitacs and their Globalink Research Internship program. Mitacs offers up to 100 positions  for successful matched candidates in the RISE Germany program. Those 100 receive a combined scholarship from Mitacs and DAAD:

  • Mitacs provides funding to support the student’s travel costs and living expenses
  • Health, accident, and liability insurance provided by the DAAD


Internship Duration

You can start your internship between May 15 and July 15, 2024 for a duration of three months (minimum stay ten weeks, maximum stay 90 days). Generally speaking the start dates in the internship offers are meant as a timeframe. They are somewhat flexible and would be determined between you and your internship provider. Get in touch with the internship provider if you have questions about the dates.

How do I apply?

The application is submitted completely online through the RISE database. If you are interested in participating, the first step for you is to register and to login to access the internship database. Then fill in the online application form and upload all necessary documents.  Please check the list of application documents you must submit at the Application portal. The internship database is open between October 15 to December 6, 2023 (extended!).


  1. The internship database is open between October 15 to December 6, 2023 (extended!).
  2. All applications must be submitted by December 6, 2023 online (11:59 pm CET – Central European Time).
  3. All letters of recommendation must be submitted by December 15, 2023 (11:59 pm CET – Central European Time).
  4. Announcement of RISE internship positions by February 2024.


Daniela Wiesen
Scholarship Programs
North America, RISE
DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn
phone: +49 (228) 882- 425
email: rise-germany@daad.de

Office hours:
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Friday (8:00 am – 1:00 pm)