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Study Scholarship for Performing Arts

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The scholarship is offered by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), a private, publicly funded, self governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. The scholarship provides graduates the opportunity to continue their education in Germany with a postgraduate or continuing course of study. Applicants must have gained a first university degree in the field of the Performing Arts at the latest by the time they commence their scholarship-supported study programme. Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Must be in their last year of undergraduate studies at an accredited US or Canadian university; Recent BA/BS or MA/MS graduates who completed their last degree no longer than 6 years
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Residence:
    Permanent residents of U.S. or Canada (or US or Canadian citizens)
  • Citizenship:
    US or Canadian citizens (or permanent residents)
  • College:
    Must attend a state or state-recognised German university
  • Major/Career:
    Must pursue education in Germany with a postgraduate or continuing course of study in the field of the Performing Arts (Drama, Direction, Musicals, Performance Studies, Dance, Choreography)
  • Miscellaneous:
    Applicants from the field of Performance Studies require at least a basic knowledge of German and a good knowledge of English; Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada by the time of application deadline are eligible, if your last degree was obtained in the US/Canada, or you will have received a degree in the US/Canada before your scholarship starts
  • Other Benefits:
    Monthly stipends are approximately 750; Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding; One-off study allowance; Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover. Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits: Contribution towards tuition fees that may be charged by the university (max. 500 euros per semester), Monthly rent subsidy, and Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    The selection of candidate is based upon written applications and work samples which have to be submitted.
  • Transcript:
    Required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Required
  • Essay:
    Statement about academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany (letter of motivation; 1 - 3 pages)
  • Recommendation Letters:
    One recent reference from a university teacher which provides information about your qualifications
  • Portfolio/Work Samples:
    A DVD with work samples. Acting: The candidate shall present himself (in German), while explaining the reasons for their application and their plans in Germany (about 5 minutes). Then will follow from 5-10 minutes each, one of which must be in English by two role extracts. Directed self-introduction to the information above the spectacle; then should be on the DVD's own projects are documented, including additional written material can be submitted (in paper form as an attachment to DVD). Dance: The candidate shall present himself (in German or English), reasons for their application and their plans in Germany explain (about 5 minutes). Following two dance interludes should be shown (approximately 10 minutes): classical (warm-up training), modern (separate pieces). Choreographed self-conception as stated above in the dance; thereafter a choreography of about 15 minutes should be shown. Musical: self-introduction as indicated above at the dance. Following two vocal pieces should be sung and danced, derived from the musical literature (about 10 minutes).
  • Other Materials:
    For Postgraduate study programmes leading to a final qualification: Form "Information about your preferred master programmes and Letter of acceptance from the host university; For applicant of further training that does not lead to a final qualification (advanced study programme): Confirmation of supervision from a German university teacher; Proof of knowledge of the language of instruction (German or English); Other documents which support your application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements, etc.); Copy of school-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)

Contact Information

  • Name: Myoung-Shin Kim
  • Phone: (212) 758-3223
  • Email: kim@daad.org