FAQ

Eligibility Criteria

Can I apply if I am not enrolled at the time of the internship?

No. You have to be enrolled at a university in the United States, Canada, Great Britain or Ireland at the time of the internship.

Who can apply for an internship?

The RISE Professional internship program is open to graduate students at universities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain or Ireland.
Undergraduate students may apply if they are RISE Germany Alumni.
Enrolled students do not need to have citizenship or permanent residence status in one of these countries in order to apply for the RISE Professional program.
Students have to proof their enrolment in a study program at a North American, British or Irish university at the time of the internship.

I do not have US, Canadian, British or Irish citizenship. Am I eligible to apply?

Provided that you study at a United States, Canadian, British or Irish university/college, you are very welcome to apply. The application process is the same for US, Canadian, British and Irish citizens as for international students, so you do not need to submit any additional documents. However, you may need to obtain a visa for Germany and make sure that you will be allowed to re-enter the US, Canada, UK or Ireland after the internship. For visa-related information, visit the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.
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.

I am in my first semester (Master / PhD) and there are no grades on my official transcript yet. What should I do?

There are two options how you can proceed:
– You can upload your current official transcript without the grades. In addition you have to upload the official transcript from your bachelor degree (Master degree if available). The Bachelor (Master) certificate will not be sufficient
– You can upload a placeholder and send us the official transcript after the deadline (first week of january at the latest). Please note that your application will only be approved and forwarded to the companies after we received the official transcript

I received a RISE Germany scholarship last year and I am still going to have undergraduate status next summer. Can I apply for RISE Germany AND for RISE Professional?

No. Although you are eligible to apply for both programs, you must choose one.  A parallel application for RISE Germany and RISE Professional is not possible.

Are the first applications preferred?

All applications will be send together to the companies. There will be no first come first served filling of the internship offers.

What if my studies are not included in the RISE Professional program but similar to science?

Please feel free to check the internship offers carefully because there might be some offers which include aspects of your studies.

Do I have to be able to speak German?

German language ability is not required unless otherwise noted in the individual project descriptions. Basic knowledge of German will prove helpful in everyday life.
For those who plan to attend a language course in Germany, DAAD will cover 70 % of course-fees (max.500,- Euros).

Application process

How exactly do I send my application?

You have to submit your application online at the RISE Professional internship database before the Deadline.

What should I consider when I search for projects in the internship database?

Do not restrict your search to a single field of study. Many projects treat aspects of, for instance, biology as well as chemistry. Because the supervisor has to choose a field of study when they submit their offers, you may miss some of them if you restrict your search to one particular field.

What should I consider when I choose my projects?

You should carefully choose the projects you apply for and make sure that they are in line with your academic field of interest. Withdrawals cause considerable inconvenience for DAAD and the companies.

What should the Cover letter include?

You are required to write a cover letter for each of the offers you apply to. You should describe your motivation for applying for a research internship, and you should supplement your resume by explaining how your past experience has prepared you for the position. You may also add a few words about your plans for the future. As salutary address you can use: “To whom it may concern”; or  “Dear Sir/Madam” or better the Name of the Supervisor.

Curriculum vitae (CV). What should it include?

You should include your contact details, information about your education and work or volunteer experience, and some details about your interest or previous experience in the field. To learn more about how to write a CV, please ask your university advisor.

How should the letter of reference be submitted?

Your letter of reference has to be submitted by your professor online. After you have logged in to the database and have saved your application for the first time you will find a field named “Letter of Reference – Please create a link for every professor.” Please insert you professor’s name and email address here. An email will be send to your professor.  In the email your professor will be guided to an online portal where he/she has to register first. After the registration your professor will receive a confirmation email that the registration has been successful. Now, he/she can submit the letter of recommendation for you.

What should the List of subjects include?

Since the transcript often only lists abbreviations of the courses and the German employers may not know these abbreviations the list of subjects is only meant to give an additional surview of your studies. This is also your chance to explain the relevant classes (content of the courses) if you like. Besides some of the transcripts do not show the courses that you are taking right now. Therefore this is a good chance to list and explain the courses that are relevant for the internship.

What should the official Transcript look like?

You have to upload a current official transcript in your online application. It does not matter if the transcript bears an “issued to student” stamp. Only official transcripts are accepted! Please feel free to open the sealed envelope in which you might receive your transcript in order to scan and upload it to the RISE Professional online application.

What is the certificate of enrollment?

The form “certificate of enrolment” is provided by the German Federal Employment Agency that needs certain information to be able to decide on the approval of an internship. The certificate has to show stamp of the university/college and signature of an authorized person. The expected date of graduation is required in order to prove your ongoing student status to the German Employment Agency- so that they are assured that you will be continuing your academic studies in fall / winter 2018 upon completion of your internship in Germany. Some universities do not complete third-party verification forms. In this case we also accept the university’s own official enrolment form as long as it shows a prospective/anticipated/expected graduation date. This document is available to download on the RISE Professional database.

Who should write the letter of reference and what should it contain?

Ask a senior academic from your university who can judge how well you would perform in an international research internship setting. For this purpose, someone who has taught a small class that you attended or supervised you in the laboratory is the best choice. Please ask your referee (has to hold a PhD degree at least) to upload the letter of recommendation in the online database and not to write it in the database’s “Remarks” text field. The letter of reference has to be submitted with the official letter head of the respective university and the referee’s original signature. We, therefore, propose to scan and convert the letter of reference into a pdf document before submitting it online. Please find below a guideline for your professor of what the letter of reference should contain:
– Since when and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
– The applicant is among the best students (in %): 5 %; 10 %;  20%; 30%; or no assessment possible
– How does the applicant stand out in academic and personal terms and how would you assess his/her potential?
– Of what significance is the aspired scholarship to the applicant’s academic and professional career?
– Additional information that could be of importance to the scholarship award decision?
– Degree of approval: Emphatic approval; Approval; Conditional Approval

Letter of reference: How should it be submitted?

Your letter of reference has to be submitted online by your professor. After you have logged in to the database and have saved your application for the first time you will find a field named “Letter of Reference – Please create a link for your professor.” Please insert you professor’s name and email address here. Within seconds a web-link will be created which is assigned to your professor’s name and email address. Your professor will get an email with this link and will be able to submit the letter of reference online.
Deadline for submitting the letter of recommendation is January 02, 2018

I have submitted my application. What's next?

Once we receive your complete application, we will send you a confirmation via email. By the end of January, all companies submit a list of preference. They have the option to exclude students who they feel are unsuited. We will then begin with the placement process and notify you of the outcome at the end of February or later. Note that we encourage the companies to contact applicants by phone or email in order to discuss the application.

 

What happens if I submit an incomplete application?

We do our best to notify you by email if your application is incomplete. However, if we have not received everything online by December 15, 2017, your application cannot be considered. There is one exception: Deadline for submitting the letter of recommendation is January 02, 2018.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to properly submit all requested application documents: working PDF documents, official transcript, official certificate of enrollment (shows expected date of graduation) and a reference letter including an official letterhead and the referee’s signature.

Questions about the scholarship

When exactly does the internship take place, and how long does it last?

You begin your internship between May 15 and October 1 (the three-day meeting of all RISE scholarship holders in Heidelberg takes place from July 5 – 7, 2018), and you stay for a maximum period of three months (10 weeks minimum).
Unfortunately it is not possible to begin the internship before May 15. Due to the work permit waiver provided by DAAD for the entire group of RISE Professional participants, all internships must begin on or after May 15.
You can agree with the supervisor on the exact duration of the internship once you are accepted. The dates which the companies have indicated on the internship offer description are to be understood as timeframes, which are to be readjusted on an individual basis.

Do I need a visa or a residence permit?

US and Canadian citizens who stay for 90 days or less in Germany do not need a visa either. Students without such citizenship are strongly advised to check with the German Federal Foreign Office or your embassy whether they require one (see www.auswaertiges-amt.de).

Where can I get the work permit waiver?

DAAD arranges for you to receive a work permit waiver. We will send it directly to your German supervisor after your acceptance to the program and you arranged the duration of the internship.

What is the amount of the scholarship?

The host companies will contribute an stipend of at least 500 Euros net per month.

The monthly DAAD scholarship rate amounts to 250 Euros for undergraduates, 250 Euros for  Masterstudents and 500 Euros for  PhD students. If you stay more than 23 days in one calendar month, you receive the lump sum of 250 / 500,- Euros. If you stay less than 23 days in one month, the scholarship is calculated on a daily basis (250/30*days) / (500/30*days). The scholarship is meant to cover living expenses such as housing and food. Each scholarship holder will receive  travel expenses. The award also includes health insurance as well as accident and personal liability insurance, issued directly through the DAAD insurance office. In addition, all scholarship holders are invited to a paid-for three-day RISE Professional meeting in Heidelberg from July 5- 7, 2018. All participants of the RISE Professional meeting will receive an allowance of 160,- Euros to buy a German Rail Pass.

Do I need a German bank account?

Yes, you will need a German bank account to receive your monthly stipend and also the travel stipend from DAAD. We recommend you to open an account as soon as you arrived in Germany.
DAAD is not allowed to transfer the scholarship amount onto foreign bank accounts.