The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, represents the German higher education system abroad, and promote Germany as an academic and research destination. Under the RISE Program, undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering may apply for a summer research internship with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany. The research internship is a source of mutual cultural enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.
RISE interns in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, and physics spend a 6-12 weeks during the summer working with German doctoral students on serious research projects at top German universities and institutions. RISE placements provide students the opportunity to live and work in an international context, to strengthen their practical and theoretical skills, and to improve their (or begin learning!) German. German language skills are not required for most internship positions but would be helpful to manage everyday life outside of the laboratory. The working language will generally be English. The RISE interns are matched with a doctoral student whom they assist and who serves as their mentor. RISE placements provide students the opportunity to live and work in an international context, to strengthen their practical and theoretical skills, and to improve their (or begin learning!) German. The research internship should be a source of mutual cultural enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.
A living stipend (650 Euro monthly), housing assistance, health insurance are provided, as well as paid participation in a three-day meeting in Heidelberg. Airfare to Germany and back is not covered.
Juniors and seniors in physical sciences and engineering who will return to their home university in the U.S., Canada, or the U.K. as undergraduates.
U.S. or Canadian citizens. Foreign nationals may be eligible if they have been full-time students at an American or Canadian university for at least 1 year.
Usually in January.
How To Apply:
Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.