DAAD - Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Professional Program

Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Visit Program Website Here

Program Purpose: 

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. RISE professional placements provide students the opportunity to live and work in an international context, to gain confidence in their practical and professional skills, and to improve their German. The internship is a source of cultural and professional enrichment for the interns and their host companies.

Program Description: 

The RISE Professional Program places interns with German companies in biology, chemistry, engineering, geology and physics. German language requirements depend on the nature of the internship. Some require at least an intermediate level of German language skills while others require none at all.

Program Benefits: 

Travel expenses, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for internships, generally in the summer, of 6 weeks – 6 months. For those who plan to attend a language course in Germany, DAAD covers 80 % of course-fees.

Application Process: 

Registering with the RISE professional program allows applicants to access the internship offers submitted by German companies.


Master's and doctoral students in the U.S. or Canada. Undergraduates who are Alumni from the RISE Germany program are also eligible to apply. All applicants must be enrolled at the time of application.


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.

Program Deadline: 

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.

Resources for Applicants

Why Should You Apply for a Fulbright?

Quick Links

Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Email: fellows1@sfsu.edu